LANCASTER COUNTY, Pa. — The Nationally Regarded Fulton Theatre and the Fulton Theatre Board of Directors are disheartened to announce the suspension of theatrical productions until late spring of 2021. The immediate future for large gatherings is uncertain, and the safety and welfare of the Fulton’s guests, artists and staff, and sustainability of the Fulton Theatre is of utmost importance.
To maintain the financial health of the organization through this dark period, the Fulton Theatre has decreased its staff size by 70%, including personnel across all areas of the theatre. The Fulton will also sustain considerable loss of revenue during this time. Employees who have been furloughed are expected to return during the spring of 2021, though some positions have been eliminated permanently.
It is our new hope that in May of 2021, the Fulton will celebrate with the reopening of Kinky Boots, originally scheduled to run through April 4, 2020, when it was forced to close on Friday, March 13, 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Fulton will also welcome guests into the completed expansion of the building, with brand new lobbies, restrooms, and performance spaces upon reopening.
This is the first time in the building’s 167-year history, through the Civil War, WWI, and WWII, that it will be closed to the community. Though on pause for the moment, The Fulton Theatre will continue to be a cultural institution and will again be a gathering place for the Lancaster Community – and beyond. All subscription series packages (with six mainstage productions, four Ellen Arnold Groff Studio Series productions, and four Eichmann Family Series productions), will receive new performance dates, and will otherwise remain unaffected at this time. All shows for the remainder of the 2019/2020 season and the paused 2020/2021 season are expected to be rescheduled, with few changes. The new performance schedule will be announced at a later date.
Executive Artistic Producer, Marc Robin stated, “To say that we are disappointed to not be able to make the arts come alive on our stage this season, is an understatement. At this time, we are remaining optimistic and hopeful. The Fulton will need our community’s help, but we will come out on the other side stronger than ever. We will continue to bring engaging programming digitally throughout this unpreceded time. This time will also be used to complete our expansion, and we look forward to welcoming our guests back into the new and improved gathering space. We are so thankful for the continued support of our community, and we cannot wait to share in the experiences of the arts once again.”
The Fulton will be working over the summer to move every patron to their corresponding day and time during the rescheduled run. Patrons with tickets to any of the rescheduled shows will automatically be transferred into the rescheduled dates. For those wishing to obtain a refund, please fill out the Ticket Return Form on the Fulton’s website at www.theFulton.org
New tickets to the rescheduled shows will be mailed out in the fall
New Subscriptions will go on sale in November
Single tickets to the remaining 2019/2020 season (now May 2021 – September 2021) and the 2021/2022 season will go on sale February 8, 2021
Now, more than ever, donations to the not-for-profit Fulton Theatre will play a vital role in the continued growth and development of our historic theatre and the many artistic, educational and outreach programs we bring to our community. To make a donation, please visit www.theFulton.org under the support tab
Construction on Phase II of the Breakout Performance Campaign has resumed under CDC and state guidelines.
For more information on the Fulton’s Breakout Performance Campaign, please visit www.FultonBreakout.org. To make a donation, or for updates as a donor, please contact Nicole Hackmann, Director of Donor Relations at firstname.lastname@example.org
Efforts will be made to continue communications with our audience through email, theFulton.org, and Fulton’s social media channels. It is asked that patrons with urgent questions email email@example.com or message the Fulton’s Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/FultonTheatre/, which will be continuously monitored by Fulton Theatre staff. Fulton staff will reply in a timely manner. We thank our patrons for their patience and understanding during this unprecedented time.
SOURCE: The Fulton Theatre