To our beloved patrons and supporters of Atlanta Lyric Theatre,
After celebrating the milestone of starting our 40th season with many of you last August, we now find ourselves working through an unprecedented time that is likely to change the way arts organizations and other large audience events deliver their product for months to come. As recommendations and orders to “social distance” continue to extend further into the summer, we are all faced with the challenge of redesigning and rescheduling our productions to ensure that they meet constantly-changing guidelines while still attracting an audience that may have current reservations about attending.
At the end of the day, it is our patrons and our actors that we have to worry about most as we work to put new cleaning and safety guidelines in place, rework future shows to allow for distancing on stage, and pinpoint the right time for our next production that aligns with the comfort of our audience. There is never a successful production on our stage without a full, engaged, and appreciative audience. That energy is what ignites the passion in every actor on our stage and without you – our patrons – it will never be the same.
With the CDC and Governor still uncertain as to when it will be safe for gatherings of our size to resume, we feel that it is in the best interest of our staff, actors, designers, technicians, ushers and you – our loyal audience, to postpone our June production of Matilda. We just cannot risk the safety and well-being of our cherished community.
However, we will be moving our production of Matilda to the summer of 2021!
We have every confidence that the current restrictions we are following, along with the concerns of many of our patrons, will begin to improve over the next several weeks. With that in mind, we are already hard at work planning our 41st season opener to make sure we can bring you a show “worth waiting for.” How can you help ensure we open our next season with a Lyric Quality Show? We are asking our patrons to consider donating to our Summer Fund! You can do this by converting any unusable tickets into a tax-deductible charitable contribution or by making a monetary donation during the next two months.
Follow this link and you will see how to transfer your tickets to the 2021 production of Matilda or to another show in our upcoming season. We also have several other show options that you may select when exchanging your tickets, including upcoming concert productions of Chess and La Cage Aux Folles.
Thank you so much for your continued faith and trust in us as we navigate this new world.
All My Best,
Mary Nye Bennett, Artistic Director – Atlanta Lyric Theatre
Atlanta’s local professional musical theater company
Atlanta Lyric Theatre, was formed in 1980 by Tedi and Robert Langdon and Sally Knap as the Southeastern Savo yards, a repertory theatre company dedicated to presenting the works of Gilbert and Sullivan. The company’s first production, Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Mikado, was performed at Emory University in December 1980. Later, the company’s productions were moved to the Marist School, the 14th Street Playhouse, Center Stage Theater, and then to the Robert Ferst Center for the Arts on the campus of Georgia Tech where the company’s main stage performances were produced for seventeen seasons.