A message from Amber Gay, President of The Savoy Company:
I hope you and your loved ones are staying safe and healthy during this extended period of isolation. As you know, Savoy’s Board of Directors has been actively following the COVID-19 situation and meeting regularly (via video conferencing) to discuss our options moving forward. The health and safety of our members and patrons has been and will always be our top priority. As such, one month ago, we made the difficult decision to cancel our May and June performances of Ruddigore.
Given logistical concerns and the continued uncertainty surrounding the virus and the reopening of venues in the Philadelphia area, the board of directors voted this week to postpone our production of Ruddigore until the spring of 2021. Our cast, crew, and production team have put a lot of hard work into making this one of our best shows yet, and we want to give them and our patrons the opportunity to experience this fantastic production as it was intended. We are coordinating with our venues and look forward to announcing the 2021 show dates as soon as they have been finalized.
The Board is making several options available for those who have already purchased tickets and/or advertisements for our 2020 production of Ruddigore. Those individuals will be contacted individually to determine their preference.
The Savoy Company is a non-profit arts organization and as such, we share the same challenges as other arts organizations. As you can imagine, we have already incurred expenses related to set work, costume construction, and other parts of the production. One of the benefits of moving Ruddigore to 2021 is that not all of these outlays will have been wasted; however, we will certainly not recoup all of our expenses. Our revenue comes largely from ticket sales, but with no performances this year, our financial outlook for the year has changed substantially.
Now more than ever, we appreciate the overwhelming support of our patrons and donors. If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation to help Savoy offset this year’s expenses and plan for 2021, you may do so via the donate link or by check made payable to The Savoy Company. Thank you very much for your patience and support of Savoy. For all other questions, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I wish you, your friends, and family both health and happiness during these trying times and look forward to seeing you again soon.