Dear Friends and Family of Northside Theatre Company,
First and foremost, I hope this email finds you all healthy and safe. Everyone at Northside Theatre Company wishes the best for you, your friends and your family.
Due to the effects of Covid-19, and the extension of Shelter-In-Place, you all know that we were forced to cancel the last two productions of our 41st Anniversary Season. This included "Crimes of the Heart" by Beth Henley, which was scheduled to perform April 16 - May 10, 2020 and "Romeo and Juliet" by William Shakespeare, which was scheduled to perform June 18 - July 12, 2020. We were, of course, heartbroken about this, but the Quarantine is what is most important. We all need to STAY HOME and STAY SAFE.
The Board of Directors and I were hoping against hope that we would be able to reopen, even in a smaller capacity, in time for the beginning of our 42nd Anniversary Season, but it has become clear that is not going to happen.
We had picked the shows we wanted to perform for you. Show one was going to be "The Turn of the Screw", a ghost story by Henry James and adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher. This was scheduled to run from October 8 - November 1, 2020. And, last but not least in 2020, our 38th Annual production of "A Christmas Carol", written by Charles Dickens and adapted by Richard T. Orlando, will need to be cancelled as well. This production was scheduled to run December 9 - December 24, 2020. All of these cancellations hurt, but I think "A Christmas Carol" hurts the most.
Obviously, the financial impact of these closures on Northside Theatre Company is overwhelming. As it is for live theatre companies everywhere, nationwide. It is a difficult time for all of us.
But, I would like to leave you all with a glimmer of hope, and that is this: we are not giving up! We are going to keep trying!
We have been through many seemingly impossible tragedies in our 42-year history. Budget cuts, a flood, an arson fire, burglaries, and last but certainly not least, the loss of our beloved Founder and Managing Artistic Director, Richard T. Orlando, in 2016, but we have kept going. We are doing what we can. We are applying for Covid-19 relief funding and we are conserving what little resources we have. We are blessed with an amazing Board of Directors and a team of volunteers who are helping in every way that they can. And we, as individuals, are doing the most important thing we can do every day: wearing our masks, social distancing and washing our hands. We want to be able to open safely again, and provide our community with the theatrical experiences and training you have all enjoyed for the last 42-years as soon as possible. Doing what we can to stop the spread of Covid-19 now is the best way to ensure that.
I'm not going to lie to you, this is a really hard time for Northside Theatre Company. But, if there is anything I have learned from my 36-years here, especially the ones I got to spend with Richard, it's this: Things are gonna get hard. But you get up, you put one foot in front of the other, and you keep going. And that's what we're going to do....we're going to keep going!
Thank you all SO MUCH for your patience, your understanding, and your support. When I call you Northside's Friends and Family, I mean it. We can not do this without you!
If you have any questions, comments, concerns, please write to Northside at or call 408-288-7820.
Everyone here at Northside Theatre Company wishes you and all of your loved ones Health, Happiness and Safety.
Thank you so much,
Managing Artistic Director
Northside Theatre Company