Impact of COVID-19

FSLT SETTING THE STAGE TO REOPEN!

Dear Friends,

2020 was a year we will want to forget, but we will always remember. It’s been difficult for all of us. Among the many losses caused by COVID-19 has been the opportunity for us to be together. We miss not just the cultural, but also the social experience that FSLT provides. But as vaccinations increase and virus cases subside, FSLT is now setting the stage to reopen! Please take a moment to read our latest Spotlight newsletter and the information provided below to learn more about our future plans.

While we are saddened that our stage has had to remain dark this past year, we look forward to a heightened appreciation for the performing arts and the part we play when the lights come back on. People need the shared experience that live theatre provides. If we have learned anything from this pandemic, we have learned that.

We want to thank our patrons, sponsors, vendors, and volunteers — indeed, everyone involved with FSLT — for their patience and encouragement. With your continued support, FSLT will emerge from this challenging time and thrive again. On the other side of this pandemic, you can count on us to be sewing costumes, building sets, and learning lines, and we know we can count on your applause.

Be safe and take care,

FSLT Board of Directors


 

***FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS***

What was the impact of COVID-19 on the FSLT performance schedule?

In 2020, we performed The Glitter Girls and an off-season production, Radium Girls, before being forced to close in March 2020. In the following months, we monitored pandemic conditions and state-mandated directives with a hopeful eye, cancelling one production at a time. In September 2020, as the coronavirus continued, FSLT regrettably announced that we would remain closed until further notice.

 

Why were productions cancelled?

Government directives regarding crowd limitation and social distancing restrictions for the audience, on-stage, and back-stage areas necessitated that we remain shuttered. Under those regulations, it was not fiscally or physically possible for us to perform in our facility.

 

When will FSLT reopen?

With vaccinations increasing and potential health risks diminishing, government directives have been eased, and we have begun setting the stage to reopen. Our plan is to conduct auditions in August for a comedy to be performed in September, followed by other productions later in 2021.

 

What policies will be in place when you reopen?

At least for the first few shows, some things will be different than they have been in the past, and policies may change from one show to the next. Complete information will be provided prior to each production.

 

When will you sell Season Passes again?

We’ll celebrate our 75th Anniversary next year, and we are hopeful that circumstances will allow us to sell Season Passes this fall for the very special 2022 season we have planned.

 

Will 2020 Gala Opening Night Patrons be able to retain their same seats for future seasons?

Absolutely! Rest assured that Gala Patrons will be contacted to confirm retention of their same seats at such time when we are able to offer Gala Opening Night Season Packages again.

 

How has FSLT sustained itself during this prolonged shutdown?

While COVID-19 removed our ability to produce ticket income, it didn’t remove ongoing building maintenance and business operation costs. We are grateful to all those who have provided support to help during this difficult time. This includes our Show Sponsors, Annual Fund contributors, and 2020 Season Pass patrons who agreed to donate the value of performances cancelled as a result of the pandemic. It has been our pleasure to proudly recognize all these generous patrons at fslt.org and on social media.

 

How can I provide additional support? 

Your contribution to our Annual Fund would be greatly appreciated. Donations can be made online at fslt.org or mailed to FSLT, P.O. Box 3752, Fort Smith, AR 72913. With your continued support, the Fort Smith Little Theatre will remain a vibrant part of our community’s arts and culture scene for many years to come. Please do your part to help FSLT emerge from this crisis as strong as possible.

 

Are Gift Certificates available for purchase?

Yes. Gift Certificates in any denomination may be purchased at any time at fslt.org. Certificate information will be retained in our ticketing system so that it can be redeemed when we reopen.

 

What if I have additional questions?

Should you have any questions or concerns, please email to fslt.communications@gmail.com or leave a message at 479.783.2966 (extn. 4). Calls will be returned by volunteers during variable hours.