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Virtual SummerFrom Our House to Yours—Summer Theatre at the Playhouse

Comeback stories always make for great drama and The Playhouse at White Lake is already planning for theirs. Due to the pandemic-related challenges of presenting shows before a live audience, the Playhouse has opted to create alternate programming which will take the place of the Summer Theatre Festival. The current season line up that was slated for 2020 has now scheduled for production in 2021, and a new virtual season will soon be announced.

What Will Be Presented?

The series of seven weekends of shows will be unlike anything done before producing intimate, one and two person cast shows and live music that will be broadcast to a virtual audience from the 103-year-old  stage. This plan to live stream events is now possible with the technical upgrades that were made during the recent renovations.

Our goal is to create connection to Playhouse patrons and the community while also doing the crucial work of raising funds to continue ongoing operations of the theatre.

Why?

This new avenue of entertainment will allow for the Playhouse to work with intentionally-selected volunteer actors and directors who already cohabitate, allowing for both live in-person and conference-style rehearsals. This will aid in the limiting of exposure to others in a time when social distancing is still highly recommended wherever possible. For tech week and performances, artistic teams will work with increased safety measures, in-person at the Playhouse, where all productions will be performed for the virtual, live broadcasts.

Referencing all state and CDC guidelines, Playhouse staff will then determine if in addition to the live broadcast, a small audience may also be invited to attend live performances with new safety protocols in place at the theatre.

Do You Already Hold Tickets?

If you hold tickets or flex passes to our Summer Festival, you have several options:

  • Donate your tickets. Tax-deductible contributions are critical in helping us sustain operations during this crisis.
  • Convert to a Gift Card. Apply it toward future Playhouse ticket purchases.
  • Request a refund.

If you are able to donate your tickets or convert to a gift card, rather than request a refund, we would be most grateful. That said, please do what is best for you in this difficult time. Please CONTACT US with your preference.

We Are Still Part of the White Lake Community

Until patrons can return to the Playhouse when it is safe and prudent to do so, please make plans to join us for one of the live, broadcast performances from the Playhouse at White Lake.  Most importantly, these new ventures help ensure that however the next few months unfold, the Playhouse will still be here for you to provide connection. This summer of theatre may very well be considered, “virtually the same,”  if it hits the mark of providing light and inspiration as always, for White Lake and beyond.

Beth Beaman Signature

Beth Beaman
Managing Director