We hope you are staying safe and healthy as we continue to persevere through these challenging times. Much work is occurring behind-the-scenes at Gulfshore Playhouse every day as we follow an ever-evolving and unprecedented situation in our industry that is affecting not just Gulfshore Playhouse, but the theatre community worldwide. It is challenging to plan even a week in advance, but we continue to adapt flexibly and we are optimistic that our revised 2020-2021 season will go on as planned.
As you may have heard, our first mainstage production Higher, a World Premiere one-man show written and performed by Associate Artistic Director Jeffrey Binder will open our season on November 7. At that time, our house will remain at 50% capacity, utilizing a physically distant seating chart, with masks required by all patrons. A few weeks ago, we successfully staged a student production of The Addams Family, which gave our students a much-needed theatrical experience and helped us learn that producing theatre is possible. Since it is largely unpredictable what the situation will be in January 2021 when our production of The Pin-Up Girls is set to open, we are planning as best we can for whatever may come. You can rest assured that you will be the first to know any changes.
At the moment, our most important task is creating an air-tight health and safety plan that will satisfy the new protocols set out by Actors Equity Association, the professional union to which the vast majority of our actors belong. Our team is working diligently to foster a safe environment so performers can deliver the world-class performances you’ve come to expect.
We will continue to keep you apprised of any updates. Thank you for your generosity, patience, and kindness as we navigate these uncharted waters together.
The Gulfshore Playhouse Team