The Wagon Wheel Center for the Arts comes to the decision to “fade the lights” on its 2020 summer season.
The Wagon Wheel Center for the Arts has come to the difficult decision that the best course of action at this time for our more then 50+ summer company, staff, volunteers, and patrons is to “fade the Lights” on the 2020 summer season. But the lights are not out! We will be moving some of our current 2020 season to 2021 where we will intend to bring the lights back up to full to present The Wizard of OZ, Guys and Dolls, Music Man, Pride and Prejudice and a couple of added surprises soon to be announced.
The Wagon Wheel has a long history of bringing in some of the most talented college and professional artist from around the country. These 50+ summer company members are comprised of actors, technicians, production staff, and musicians. Although, we will not be able to share their collective creative talents with our theatre community this summer, we know that our top priority is their health which played a huge role in our decision. Our company works very closely backstage and truly operates as one big family. They are living together in company housing and with gracious host families in Warsaw. They are also working with our local youth summer camps and workshops to educate and inspire them as developing artists. Our organization eagerly awaits the 2021 season when these ideals of community can return.
At this time, we would like to thank all the Director’s Club Members, donors, subscribers, single ticket holders, business sponsors, tour groups, the city of Warsaw and the surrounding area for your 65 years of loyal support but most of all for your continued support during this world crisis. This is not the 65th summer season we had envisioned nor the one you had hoped for, but we look forward to the day when we can open the doors to share our unique and immersive theater in the round with you again. We, as a nonprofit organization, rely on more than 80% of our operating budget to come from summer season ticket sales. It is with your continued support that we will be able to make sure the Wagon Wheel is around for many more years. At this time, we will be offering you these options:
- DONATE TICKETS: Become a hero and convert your 2020 subscription to a donation to the WW Center for the Arts and purchase 2021 Season tickets at $155 per subscription.
- TRANSFER YOUR SUBSCRIPTION TO 2021: Move your current subscription to 2021. Keeping your current seat locations and performance days and times. You will not be charged additional costs when subscription prices increase for 2021.
- GIFT CERTIFICATE: Receive a WW Center for the Arts gift certificate in the full amount of your subscription purchase for use on future WW Center for the Arts events. Gift card does not expire.
Please let us know of your decision before June 12, 2020. We are calling all subscribers to go over these options. If we do not hear from you by June 12, we will transfer your subscription to 2021.
What we love about this organization, above all, is that the Wagon Wheel Summer Stock is more than just a theatre putting up shows. It is a family that creates engaging theatrical experiences together to be shared with an audience of over 800 people on a nightly basis. We come together as a team and build each show from the ground up to make it our own unique artistic expression. We create bonds with our company, audience, and people within the community. These bonds grow into new friendships that can and do last a lifetime. Although this new world that we are currently living in may deprive us of these core beliefs, we look forward to soon making these types of connections that is a fundamental part of the Wagon Wheel and being an artist.
Our ghost light will remain lit as a symbol of our stage not going completely dark. It is sustaining the life force and energy of live theatre until we can meet again soon when the stage lights are at full.
Stayed tuned for more announcements regarding summer camps, concerts, and our holiday show.
Thank you for your understanding and we can’t wait to see you soon!
Jay Michaels – Executive Director
Scott Michaels – Artistic Director