For the past few months, we have been watching the evolution of the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic. In light of the circumstances, we have had to make some tough decisions, including postponing the final two shows of our 2019/2020 season, as previously announced. The health and safety of our patrons, artists, volunteer members and community are of utmost importance, and the need for social distancing could not be more crucial.

We have come to the heartbreaking determination that our 2020/2021 season cannot go on as planned and so we have to cancel the entire season while we wait for a sign from the government that tells us it will be safe – for you and all of us – to gather in our intimate theatre space once again. But, if we can open our doors sooner by some miracle, we will let you know.

At the beginning of the lockdown in March, the fall seemed a long way off, and we were optimistic we would be back on stage in November. Now, however, the safe return of large gatherings this year is looking doubtful. As theatre people we live by the motto, “the show must go on,” and not sharing the power of live performance with you is deeply disappointing for our company members. We know you share this disappointment, but the safety of our audiences and our members is our first priority.

We have seen our city, province, and country pull together during this pandemic. We remain hopeful that we will be performing and experiencing live theatre together again very soon.

As a not-for-profit arts organization, the support from individuals in our community is essential at this time.

Our subscribers and supporters’ generosity and loyalty have been an absolute joy amid these challenging times. We thank you for believing in us and sharing your hope that we will gather soon, and safely, to enjoy live theatre.

In the wake of next season’s cancellation, your support means more than just keeping our doors open. Every tax-deductible donation at this time makes a difference.

This has been an incredibly challenging time for all of us, as we struggle to take care of ourselves, our loved ones and our communities. This time of isolation has reminded us how vital the arts are, and how valuable the human connection of sharing the energy of a live performance is.

The theatre experience can be deeply personal, but it is also, crucially, communal. The enchantment of a room full of strangers bonding into a single audience fueling each performer on stage and the crew behind the scenes will be possible again when we can safely host full houses. The safety of our cast, crew, volunteers, and audience is our highest priority, and we look forward to returning to our stage only when it’s safe to do so.

Please be assured, this is in no way the final curtain for The Players’ Guild of Hamilton, we will be back after this brief intermission in the fall of 2021 with an exciting new season. Thank you so much for your support of live theatre, the artists in our community, and The Players’ Guild of Hamilton, Inc.

Stay healthy, safe and positive.

Board of Directors, The Players’ Guild of Hamilton, Inc.