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Woodford Theatre to present online play Friday

COVID-19 has temporarily shut the doors to our facility at the Falling Springs Arts and Recreation Center and led to the cancellation or postponement of classes, productions and training. We are thankful to still produce much of our end-of-season programming in July and August, however, running on a fiscal year of July 1-June 30, these changes to our season due to COVID-19 have left a painful $42,000.00 impact. The small Woodford Theatre team of five full-time and one part-time staffers has been largely working from home, meeting via Zoom regularly. Our Technical Director, Dawn Connerley, spends the most time at the theatre working on construction and other shop projects. This week she will be flexing a different muscle in mask-making! The rest of the staff takes turns going into the office as needed. We are currently focused on engaging with patrons past, present and future while keeping the business running and preparing for our eventual physical return. On Friday, April 10, at 7:30 p.m., the cast and crew of the cancelled Children of a Lesser God production will stream a condensed version of the play with a Q&A to follow on the Woodford Theatre Facebook page. This production consists of deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing actors as well as interpreters and captioning. Additionally, we are developing PLAYtime with Woodford Theatre – virtual short play readings by WT actors with streaming on Facebook; we’ll hold virtual auditions for our 2020-2021 MainStage Season opener The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, in which the ensemble will be involved in the entire creative process, including writing the script; we’re posting regular “lessons” and educational material; are working on a backstage tour and scavenger hunt (streaming date TBA); and more! As a community theatre by and for the community, the people and businesses of Woodford County are so important to us – we sincerely thank you (the Sun) for all your hard work and dedication to sharing those stories.

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