May 19, 2020
Email sent to patrons 5/19/2020
During this difficult time, our top priority is the health of our patrons, staff, and artists. New Stage has made the decision to cancel the last two productions of the season. While monitoring the situation daily, we have not yet been able to determine when the theatre can reopen.
The theatre relies heavily on ticket revenue to remain open and to provide you with the programming you have come to expect. The cancellation of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and Ragtime will have very real financial consequences for the theatre staff and artists. We hope you will consider donating the value of your tickets. Transferring your tickets to a donation or credit supports New Stage now and for future programming.
By opting to do this, you help to sustain the arts and our surrounding community. Or, if you prefer, we also offer the option to apply the amount as a credit on your account. If neither of these options are a fit for you, please select the Contact Me option below. We are asking for you to notify us no later than May 20, 2020.
We appreciate your patience as we work to process these transactions and appreciate your consideration in this matter. We look forward to seeing you back at the theatre soon.
**If you have not received this email above, please email email@example.com and our box office manager will reply to you as soon as she can.**
April 29, 2020
As we navigate the continually evolving COVID-19 situation, New Stage Theatre continues to operate in a very limited mode. As we monitor the situation, those employees who are able to work from home are doing so. We are working to monitor phone messages and respond to patrons who are contacting us for information.While theatres across the country are laying off staff, New Stage Theatre is continuing to keep its artistic, education, production and administrative staff paid through the COVID-19 health crisis. We have been taking care of much needed maintenance and repairs, while working on programming plans for when the theatre reopens. Though currently following the city shelter in place orders, the theatre’s staff is still working on researching and discussing future play selections. Whether making masks or providing engagement through our weekly Online Creativity Challenge, we are still creating. That is what we strive to do.
In this time of uncertainty, every arts organization is tasked with making unprecedented decisions. It is with saddened hearts, New Stage is cancelling the productions of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and Ragtime for this season. If you have tickets, you will be contacted by email or phone call to notify you of your options. Please keep an eye on your email! Both shows are being considered as options for future programming.
For the health and safety of our community, New Stage Theatre has made the heartbreaking decision to cancel its First Stages Summer Theatre Camp and Summer Acting Intensive Theatre Camp, scheduled for June 8-19, 2020. New Stage Theatre’s Summer Broadway Jr. Camp, scheduled for June 22-July 19, may have an adjusted start date. We are optimistic for the four-week camp and camp scholarship auditions. We will be monitoring changing conditions in order to make the best decision about the dates of the camp and auditions. We look to make our final decision about Broadway Jr. Camp by June 1.
We will continue to share updates and ask that you continue to support New Stage Theatre. Contributions made now will help to prepare us to return quickly to provide the highest quality of theatre possible for Mississippi and the Southeast region.
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act includes a provision to promote charitable giving, please read as you consider making a gift:
An “above-the-line” or universal charitable giving incentive for contributions made in 2020 of up to $300. This provision will now allow all non-itemizer taxpayers (close to 90% of all taxpayers) to deduct charitable contributions from their tax return, an incentive previously unavailable to them. Additionally, the stimulus legislation lifts the existing cap on annual contributions for itemizers from 60 percent of adjusted gross income (AGI) to 100 percent of AGI for contributions made in 2020.
Thank you for your continued support!
March 16, 2020
Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba issued a statement this morning declaring a state of civil emergency for the City of Jackson. He has prohibited gathering of more than 50 people. His decision was based on information sent out by the Center for Disease Control yesterday.
The safety and well-being of our audience, artists, and staff are of the highest priority. New Stage Theatre will follow these guidelines and the mayor’s declaration and cancel all performances this week of Pipeline, March 17-22.
The resulting cancellation of various public events will have very real financial consequences for New Stage and theatre artists. Nationwide, thousands of theatre professionals’ jobs and health care are potentially affected. Transferring your ticket to a donation or credit supports NST during these uncertain times, and we appreciate your consideration. The following options are available for those who have already purchased tickets to cancelled performances:
To make a tax-deductible gift of your current ticket value, request a credit for a future performance, please contact our Box Office between 10:00 and 5 p.m. Monday-Friday at 601-948-3533 ext. 222 or firstname.lastname@example.org
We request you not visit the Box Office in person. We appreciate your patience as our Box Office staff processes requests.
In addition to the cancelling of the production of Pipeline this week, the following activities will be postponed until further notices:
New Stage Theatre will continue to update patrons, ticket buyers and the public on these and upcoming productions via email, our website, our social media channels, and our media partners.
We appreciate your patience as we make major decisions to ensure the health of our employees and patrons while ensuring compliance with rapidly changing CDC, Federal, State and local guidelines and mandates.