Firstly, we hope this letter finds you well! The Clark Center was built by the community, for the community. You are our family! Your ticket purchases, donations, sponsorships and support of events is vital to supporting the arts in our community.
During this challenging time, we have had to cancel or postpone over 75 events during the months of March, April and May, which means NO income source beyond your generous donations. We have also incurred thousands of dollars in expenses for shows that have been cancelled or postponed and forced to reduce our staff hours. In addition, we have had to cancel all of our remaining Arts In Education performances for over 4,800 students. It is a dark time for our theater – But the light is still on!
We would like to share a story with you, written by Dana O’Connell, a stagehand.
In theatre we have a tradition. Whenever the theatre is empty, we are always sure to leave a light on. Typically, it is on a stand in the center of the stage. This light is known as the ghost light. There are many stories of its origin, but its meaning is unmistakable.
Its meaning is that though the theatre is empty, WE WILL RETURN. The actors, performers, the technicians, the directors, the carpenters, the designers, the dancers, the teachers, the students, the freelancers, those on tour, the electricians, the stitchers, the makers, the stage managers, the artists. Many of us have taken big hits during this virus. Financial and emotional weights have come crashing down as our entire industry is reduced to nothing but a bunch of ghost lights. BUT, those ghost lights are temporary place holders. They are a sign. We might be down now, but our passion, our creativity, our drive is still center stage. We’ll be unplugging those ghost lights in no time. Until then, here’s a ghost light- to let the world know we will be back!
We are reaching out to all of you with tickets to events that have been canceled or postponed via email. If for some reason you did not receive the email, here is a link to the form giving you the following options:
- Keep the tickets for the new date. No need to exchange tickets. They will be honored for the new date and reminders sent out prior to the event.
- Donate your ticket (or a portion of them) back to The Clark Center and receive a tax deduction for the total ticket value. Your generous gift will help mitigate the significant, unexpected loss of revenue caused by the necessary closure.
- Receive a gift certificate/credit to be used for any upcoming show at the Clark Center – no expiration date.
- Receive a refund for the total ticket value (or a portion of them). If you paid using a credit card, the card will be credited back by April 10. If you paid with a check or cash or you purchased the ticket over 120 days ago, a check will be mailed to the address we have on file.
To help during this time, you can make a tax deductible donation. Donations will be added to your membership for the 2020-21 Season!
Stay safe and we will see you at the Clark Center soon!