A Message About Coronavirus

Update September 8:
As we contemplate the days to come, as we conduct intensive strategic planning, and a reassessment of what it means to be a small-town summer theatre, one thing has always been certain: we will find a way. It won’t be easy and we’ll need your help. We don’t know everything we need to know, we don’t know when social distancing will no longer be needed, we don’t know when a vaccine will be available, but we do know that we’ll figure it out. We will have actors on our stage again and audiences in our seats, and we will do it in such a way that everyone will be safe. In fact, that will be happening sooner rather than later, as we’ll be staging a “socially distanced” live reading of a brand new play on Saturday September 19th as part of a reduced annual Playwrights’ Festival, and as we plan for some limited “special” programming over the winter. It will allow us to figure out safety protocols and social distancing, and to invite you back into your theatre.
Update July 24:
At this time we would like to ask anyone who has purchased season tickets or single tickets to either The Crooner Show or Chris Gibbs-A Legal Alien or Jonas and Barry in the Home and has NOT yet connected with theatre staff to email Natasha Newby, Theatre Manager, at natasha@psft.ca.
The Port Stanley Festival Theatre would like to thank you, our valued patrons, for your understanding and patience as we continue to reach out daily to process your requests. Due to the volume this process may take up to another 3 weeks to complete. Also a reminder about Gift Certificates – For those that have purchased gift certificates for the 2020 Port Stanley Festival Theatre summer season we will be extending the expiry date to end of season 2021. We will not be offering refunds for gift certificates at this time. We look forward to inviting you back. Thank you for your support and patience through this time.
Update July 14:
The Port Stanley Festival Theatre would like to thank you, our valued patrons, for your understanding and patience as we continue to reach out daily to process your requests.
Due to the volume this process may take another 3 to 4 weeks to complete.
At this time we would like to ask anyone whom has purchased season tickets, or tickets to either The Crooner Show and/or Chris Gibbs-A Legal Alien and has yet to connect with theatre staff to email Natasha Newby, Theatre Manager, at natasha@psft.ca.  She would be happy to process your transaction. Once again we appreciate your understanding.
Update June 18:
For those that have purchased gift certificates for the 2020 summer season we will be extending the expiry date to end of season 2021.  We will not be offering refunds for gift certificates at this time. We look forward to inviting you back. The show will go on!
The Youth Theatre Summer Camp has been cancelled for this summer due to the concerns for the health and well-being of both staff and youth.

Update May 26:

After over 40 years of continuous summer programming full of laughter and tears and togetherness, it is with a heavy heart that we share with you our recent decision to cancel the 2020 summer season in its entirety. For the longest time we have clung to the possibility that we would be able to present some kind of partial programming to patrons in a time when isolation and fear seem to be driving us all apart, but it has become apparent that, for now, it is not meant to be. Certainly, this decision was not made lightly, but with the understanding that the health and safety of patrons, volunteers, and staff was of paramount importance, it was a decision that became inevitable.

At this time, I would like to thank all those who have reached out with support, be it moral or financial, in these difficult times. We are a theatre that relies on box office revenue for well over 50% of total operating revenues, and obviously in 2020 those revenues will not exist. This puts us in a somewhat precarious position, but I know with whatever passes for certainty in these so very uncertain times, that the Port Stanley Festival Theatre will weather the storm. We will once again bring unique, Canadian stories to our stage, we will once again revel in the creativity and talent of the many wonderful artists who have become our friends, and we will once again join with you to celebrate this wonderful community.

It is our intention to present the planned 2020 season in the summer of 2021, and we invite you to “stay tuned” as we iron out the details of what that means. Meanwhile we will be reaching out to single ticket holders and subscribers alike, to talk about what your options might be as we move forward. It is our hope, that if you were interested in sharing our 2020 season with us, that you would be equally interested in sharing the same programming in 2021. If this is the case, we can simply move your tickets, with the same seats into the appropriate dates for 2021. If on the other hand, you would like to support us more actively, you might want to consider donating in part, or in whole, the cost of your 2020 tickets back to the theatre, and be rewarded with a tax receipt for your generosity. If a full refund makes the most sense for you, then of course, we will provide it.

Thank you for being a part of the Port Stanley Festival Theatre family. Thank you for your support and for your kind words and thank you for being a part of what we so love to do.

You are our strength.

Simon Joynes, Artistic Director

Update April 8:

It is with a heavy heart that we share with you our recent decision to cancel Norm Foster’s “Jonas and Barry in the Home”.  This decision was not made lightly, however, with extreme consideration of the health and safety of our patrons, staff, volunteers and actors in mind.

If you have tickets to this production please be assured that we will contact you as soon as the situation allows.

At this time we would like to ask you to consider donating your ticket refund or a portion of it to the Port Stanley Festival Theatre.  We are happy to provide tax receipts for your generous donation.  It is at these times we really appreciate the support of our community as we chart our way through to a new beginning.  Live theatre captivates, inspires and affects its audiences.  It provides a platform for creativity and imagination.  It gives opportunity for reflection and discussion.  Theatre also plays a vital role in driving the economy of your local community.  We appreciate your consideration and support because at the end of all this, we will be back and the show will go on.

If you have any questions please email the Theatre Manager, Natasha Newby at natasha@psft.ca.  She will do her best to respond in a timely manner.

We appreciate your patience and support at this time and promise to keep you informed as we continue to make decisions based on the changing conditions and on Public Health recommendations.

Update April 2:

I guess, if nothing else, we’re all learning things in this current situation. I’ve learned that apparently, I only shave when I’m going into the office, and I’m not going into the office …

I’ve learned that my dog perhaps doesn’t want me around all the time. I thought she’d be thrilled, but lately she’s been giving me that “don’t you have somewhere to go?” look. And my wife … well, lets just not go there.

Mostly I’ve learned the importance of flexibility, of adaptability, and of not getting too bent out of shape if plans have to change. I’ve also learned to really value the team we have in place here at the theatre (or in our respective home “offices”), our Board, and, perhaps most of all, our patrons and supporters.

So, as you know, we’ve decided to postpone “The Crooners Show” and “A Legal Alien”, the first two shows of the season. We’re really hoping to bring them back, we’re just not quite sure when … maybe later in the summer, maybe even in the fall. When we know, and hopefully we will soon, we’ll be in touch. At the same time, we’re dealing with the reality of running the Box Office remotely and keeping everybody, staff and patrons alike, safe and healthy.

While we’re on the topic of those two shows, please spare a thought for Rick Kish and the talented group of artists who were putting “The Crooners Show” together, and Chris Gibbs who was looking forward to a return to Port Stanley with “A Legal Alien”, along with all the other wonderful artists who’s precarious livelihoods just got a whole lot tougher.

Hang in there everybody, and in the words (sort of) of Arnold Shwartzenager: “We’ll be back!”.

Simon Joynes, Artistic Director PSFT

Update March 30:

The Province of Ontario has ordered a closure of non-essential businesses to aid in the fight against the Coronavirus.  As a result, the box office will be closed until the order has been lifted.

Due to the uncertainty of the pandemic and our concern for our patrons, volunteers, artists and staff the Port Stanley Festival Theatre has decided to postpone the first two shows of our season: “The Crooner Show” and “A Legal Alien”.

If you have tickets to the above-mentioned performances be assured that we will contact you as soon as the situation allows.

If you have any questions please email the Theatre Manager, Natasha Newby at natasha@psft.ca.  She will do her best to respond in a timely manner.

We appreciate your patience and support at this time and promise to keep you informed as we continue to make decisions based on the changing conditions and on Public Health recommendations.

We look forward to seeing you all again when conditions are approved for a safe return to programming.

Be Safe and Stay Well.

Update March 17:

All events have been cancelled until the end of April. This includes Abbamania, Surfin Safari and Buddy Holly.
The Studio Style Fashion Show has been rescheduled to May 7.
We are being proactive to do our best to ensure public safety.
The box office will be in contact with tickets holders to process your refund.

 

Update March 13:

March events have been cancelled or are being rescheduled in light of the current situation with Corona Virus.  We are being proactive to do our best to ensure public safety at this time.
The box office will call early next week to process your refund.

 

A MESSAGE ABOUT CORONAVIRUS

Like everyone else, we know you are concerned about coronavirus, as are we. We are following the advice of the Ministry of Health and our local public health authority to ensure the safety of our staff, artists and visitors.

Our productions are not yet on stage, but we are moving ahead as planned for an exciting season.
The current rental music productions are continuing as scheduled.

The Port Stanley Festival Theatre is monitoring the situation daily and implementing measures designed to protect the health and safety of our staff and patrons. This includes increased measures to disinfect and sanitize our facilities.

To help you book with confidence, we always offer a flexible exchange policy and are pleased to discuss how we can best support your visit to the Port Stanley. Terms for group bookings are also being adapted to the situation, so please don’t hesitate to reach out to us for details. You can reach our box office at 1-855-782-4353 or email us with any questions.

Our thanks go to all of the frontline staff working to combat this virus and to our own facilities and maintenance crew who are doing so much to protect us all.