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Jay Ashworth

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St Pete FL USA
My primary house is a state JC, so we're dark now til the 6th; we'll see how long that extends, if at all.

Hopefully, we'll see some work calls in there for the 6 person overhire list. Depends whether they'll let us in the building, I guess.

A lot of the local houses made the call starting yesterday, so at least their casts got to do a full performance...
 

Dionysus

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Feb 9, 2009
Location
London, Ontario, Canada
Everything is cancelled around here for at LEAST a week. most until April or May.
Yesterday morning (Friday the 13th) the Ontario Health ministry suggested no gatherings over 250 people, and just about everything just shut down in our world.
The Grand Theatre cancelled the rest of their season ON OPENING NIGHT OF "ROOM" (a co-pro with Mirvish; and a Premiere) with a much-awaited new work GROW in the shop being built. I had literally just finished programming the kids show to be running down in the Studio. The guys in the shop are going to finish building GROW, and the Spriet (Main Stage) guys get to do ROOM one or two more times to record it. Hopefully Mirvish's season still allows from ROOM to be presented later. It's heartbreaking for everyone involved as so much has gone into developing this show from the book with the original Author along for the ride.
The 100 Schools project (the aforementioned kids show "Junos Reward") has been in the office renamed to the 21 schools project (how many schools they made it into before cancellation).

My other theatre has postponed their March break kids show until May (just finished programming THAT too), and we are waiting to pull the trigger to cancel most of what remains of the season... While might totally ruin all our plans for the future.

The London Fringe Festival (I am TD there too) is also waiting to cancel, and hoping to God that we don't have to as it is months away.

Lots of stuff way into May has been cancelled around here. So many people in our industry out of work, and even teachers returning from march break are loosing out on two weeks of work now as an unpaid quarantine.

Its going to get a lot worse before it gets better my friends.
Stay Strong,
Stay Healthy.
 

sk8rsdad

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Aug 15, 2008
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Ottawa
Our next production is postponed. My guess is we will try to remount it in the summer. My fingers are falling off responding to all the email in the last couple of days. We're hoping the May production will go off as scheduled but that planning can wait a couple of days for the dust to settle.
 

Les

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Feb 24, 2004
Location
DFW, Tx.
As I predicted, we have cleared our schedule until early May. The current production, with a nearly-completed set, will be postponed until we reopen. To facilitate this, we have canceled two rentals, a handful of events, a Theatre School production, as well as pushing back the currently cast but not-yet-in-production of Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder. One show, Blythe Spirit, was set to perform in early June but was not yet cast so it has been canceled.

The theatre will be closed for all-but-essential operations. I'm hoping I can use some time to get ahead of some maintenance and housekeeping items. I'm also hoping that this projected schedule is accurate and not overly ambitious.
 
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ship

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Illinois
Why would a licenceer be first to cancel - money is in the contract for dates paid for. Up to you to reschedule if possible.
 

mbrown3039

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Why would a licenceer be first to cancel - money is in the contract for dates paid for. Up to you to reschedule if possible.
Not at this point. Once the WHO declared a pandemic, "force majeure" clauses kicked in. That is why so many leagues/organizations/events cancelled on Wed/Thu last week -- they were all waiting for that to happen. Everyone has an out of their contract now -- hopefully the insurance companies don't use it, too.
 
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Kevin Statham

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Mar 12, 2015
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Fort Langley
We are in the first week of our 2 week spring break. This is my time to get my spring break cleaning and maintenance done it the theatre. So far we have only lost one drama production for another school and 3 weeks of our church rental. The church may turn into a weekly webcast from the theatre in April. We are under a no gatherings larger than 50 people restriction, so we could still to the webcast....at least for now.
Other than church, we won't lose any rentals until May as the theatre is blocked out for our school's major drama production, which is up in the air at this point.
I have seen that a lot of the dance competitions that were supposed to happen locally are trying to push back into July, which if that works, will be great for the theatres as they usually have slower summers. Some are just closed for the summer. My concert bookings are mostly resheduling for the fall.
 

ship

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Illinois
I just lost 20% off my salary today (right before I asked for my late bi-annual raise). My Wife is down 32 hour 4-days a week (more like 30) hourly, but hopefully there won't be layoff's. Her department is basically dead in noting to do, mine between repairs and special projects is still always busy.
 
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JimOC_1

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Maryland
Entry level openings in MD, not stage related.
Materials Control Associates. Receiving, warehousing, inventory transfer. Low key team, fast pace job, full time with health benefits. If you have worked live shows you can handle the pace. The importance of data entry accuracy and following established procedures will surprise you if you have not worked in pharmaceutical manufacturing. I don't know the salaries but expect they are better than average.

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Many more positions for anyone with a science degree hidden in the closet. I know that all of the jobs posted for Maryland are real.
 

ship

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Started last week at 50% pay with all my install projects now cancelled, and was really down in spirit because I was too high in pay and the wrong overall skill set to bring back to work.

Now due to fast typing skills and familiarity with our computer shipping/sales system, I was called back as an assistant full time shipping clerk in shipping out face shields. A few thousand a day shipped out in long days.

Glad to work and help in the effort even if not asking about pay in doing so.
 

ppas11hum

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New Jersey
Not at this point. Once the WHO declared a pandemic, "force majeure" clauses kicked in. That is why so many leagues/organizations/events cancelled on Wed/Thu last week -- they were all waiting for that to happen. Everyone has an out of their contract now -- hopefully the insurance companies don't use it, too.
The issue now for many theatrical-touring & traveling event producers is that many venues are refusing to let productions out of contracts in May/June/July...meaning if the local authorities in a given market make an announcement on May 1st that large gatherings can startup again, and your show is scheduled to load-in May 2nd, the venue is refusing to let you out of the contract. However there is no way for the producers to know when the markets are going to open....many venues are basically taking a "screw you" attitude. Some aren't, but many are. My organization has had a mix of both. One example....I have a 5,000+ person event in Las Vegas mid-May....all people from out of town flying in. There is no way to know how many people are attending now, many groups of attendees want to see how long this drags out and if they will have the money to attend. The venue (huge hotel/casino) is refusing to acknowledge a cancellation. When asked "what if the ban on large gatherings is lifted May 17th, and our load-in starts May 18th?" their exact response to us was "you will be held to the terms of your contract". I know several other event organizers dealing with exactly the same thing. It's a catch 22; if you cancel you risk a lawsuit if the ban is lifted (hotels especially are disgusting, they will sue for anything) and if you want to chance the event happening you have a whole other set of issues. There are going to be a lot of lawsuits over this.