Dear Friends of Old Courthouse Theatre,
It gives us great pleasure to announce to you our 45th Season and the opening of our box office for the purchase of Season Subscriptions. As with last season, this season’s subscription will consist of four main stage productions. These four productions will run August through March as circumstances permit.
Mamma Mia! Aug 20-30, 2020
Clue – On Stage Oct 15-25, 2020
Elf – The Musical Dec 3-13, 2020
The Miracle Worker March 11-21, 2021
As we enter our 45th year of providing Concord and Cabarrus County with quality community theatre that entertains, enriches, and enlightens, we find ourselves facing an uncertain future. Due to the phased re-opening of the State of North Carolina following the recent lock-down in reaction to the threat of COVID-19, we cannot be certain of when we will be able to welcome you back into our auditorium. While we have a plan to move forward, we are trying to stay as flexible as possible to comply with the fluid schedule for business opening. Dates are subject to change.
We have much for which to be thankful. We were able to complete our Main Stage Season before the lockdowns were implemented. Not having any full time staff, we have not had to furlough any employees. Our terrific volunteers rallied together with local writers to successfully produce our first virtual 10-minute play festival, “Laughter Is The Best Medicine,” on Facebook and YouTube in May to provide our community with a week of fun, local entertainment. Likewise, we are bringing back our Living Room Reading Series with on-line offerings. Jonathan M. Ewart is working on this 3-show summer line up titled, “Living Room Reading Series Quarantine Version – Plays In Your Living Room.” Our own local playwright, Andy Rassler is allowing us to produce one of her original scripts, Ashes, and record and stream the performance coming in July. Our valued local banker, Uwharrie Bank, has extended to us a 3 month deferment on our mortgage for April, May, and June.
Despite these blessings, the loss of box office revenue from Mamma Mia! as a late spring special event, and the subsequent loss of momentum coming into our Season Ticket Box Office in addition to the on-going recovery process from the fire in 2018 leaves us in a precarious financial position. Insurance premiums, utilities, and maintenance costs continue to come in even on an idle property. Our reserves have been all but depleted. With the discount that comes with a subscription purchase, OCT realizes a greater return from individual ticket sales, but the revenues from season subscriptions are what we depend on to carry us through the summer and provide an indicator of community support to sponsors and granting organizations we need to help us meet our annual budget each year. Your season subscription grants you membership in the organization as outlined in our By-Laws and gives you a voice and a vote at our annual meeting held each June. It also makes you eligible for nomination to the Board of Directors should you feel a calling to serve in that capacity.
Thank you for your support of Old Courthouse Theatre. Whether you have never considered a season subscription before, or you are a long-time member of the Old Courthouse Theatre, I encourage
you to join with us, especially this year. Subscribe and help us ensure that Old Courthouse Theatre continues to serve Cabarrus County for another 45 years and beyond. To purchase a season subscription, use this link https://app.arts-people.com/index.php?subscription=octc. Season subscriptions offer a 20% discount over individual ticket prices and if you renew your season subscription before 8/25/20 at 11:59 PM you’ll receive an additional 5% off.