CRT 2020 show line-up postponed to 2021.

June 26, 2020

Dear Friends,

Thank you so much for your patience as CRT has grappled with the challenges and uncertainties surrounding this season. We have met with our Board of Trustees, spoken as a staff, listened to public health officials, and explored the guidance from the acting union (AEA), and it has become clear that we will not be able to produce shows this summer even in an outdoor space.

We know that now more than ever the arts are needed, particularly for our students. With the support of Public Health, we will be holding our educational day camps in July and annual KIDShow in early August. Please visit our Education page to register your student or learn about the programs available this summer. Our Young Audience Outreach Tour will go out this spring. It will be a remount of a past favorite, Reading! And Other Superpowers. The originally scheduled tour of The Guava Tree has been postponed to fall 2021. The staff is excited to put a new level of focus and care into our educational programming this summer.

We are hoping to get creative later this summer with some special events and outdoor programming later in the summer. Please know that all programming will be planned with the utmost caution and safety to keep Creede residents, visitors, CRT staff, and company members safe and healthy in the months ahead.

CRT’s 55th Season poster – “Late January Light, La Garitas & Elk” by Stephen Quiller – will be on sale in our Mainstage lobby and online beginning July 4th.

This will be a summer like none other for CRT. We are taking advantage of this change of pace and are delighted to focus on our community and the work that is critical to our mission. You may see us doing readings for kids in the park, or reading plays together with the community. You will definitely see us upgrading the beauty and safety of our theatre, housing, and other facilities. We will debut a brand new CRT website this fall, which will make the ticket buying and donation process more accessible. I’m proud and appreciative of the silver linings that the staff has been able to find during this tough time and for the support that our extended CRT family has continued to offer throughout.

Even though we have been able to drastically reduce expenses, with virtually no earned income coming in for the rest of 2020, CRT, like most arts organizations around the country, are facing very difficult financial times. There are still many ways to help CRT – whether it’s supporting our education programs, facility improvements, or to help keep our lights on and our staff on payroll through a donation towards general operating expenses. Donations can be made on the CRT Website. If you have any questions, please reach out to CRT’s Development Manager, Julia McCorvey. Thank you for your continued support.

I’m sure this announcement won’t come as a surprise to many of you. Our hearts are heavy to not be producing a season of shows, but we will come back stronger than ever in the summer of 2021. We cannot wait to celebrate with you then.

In the meantime, I hope you and your family are staying healthy and well.

All the best,

John DiAntonio

Producing Artistic Director

Creede Repertory Theatre

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April 8th, 2020

Dear Friends,

For 55 years, Creede Repertory Theatre has brought amazing stories to life. We have weathered our share of storms and fires with the can-do spirit that defines CRT and the town of Creede.

The CRT Staff has spent the past weeks exploring every option to bring our 2020 Season of Belonging to life this summer. However, in discussion with our Creede community leaders, we have determined that a season of this scope is not possible at this time. With the health and safety of our patrons at the forefront, CRT has made the difficult decision to postpone our productions of Fully Committed, The Roommate, Grounded, Annie, Oklahoma!, and The Importance of Being Earnest to the 2021 summer season.

That does not mean we are going dark this summer! More than ever, we believe our artists, audiences, and students need the connection, creativity, and community that are the cornerstones of this theatre.

2020 Summer Programming

At the founding of CRT, there was a team of twelve people who, with the support of the Jaycees and town of Creede, built a theatre company and helped revolutionize the town’s economy. While we must prepare for the possibility of cancellation, CRT is taking this opportunity to return to our roots by strategizing a small, flexible season to open later this summer should it be safe and legal to do so. The CRT Staff and town of Creede are blessed with a plethora of multi-talented artists waiting in the wings to bring joy and connection back to our community. More information on new 2020 Season offerings will be available in the upcoming weeks.

2020 Gala

CRT is still weighing the possibility of postponing our July 31st Gala Fundraiser to the 2021 season. An announcement will be made when the new 2020 Season details are available.

Education Programs

Summer Day Camps are still scheduled for July, though we will be making some changes to the camps offered. New camp dates and titles will be announced in the coming weeks.

The Kid Show, originally scheduled for July, will now take place in August with the first rehearsal on July 21st and performances August 6th, 7th, and 8th.

The Young Audience Outreach Tour is currently moving forward as scheduled, keeping the health and safety of our students and artists as our first priority.

CRT at Home

Streaming on Facebook now

The CRT Spring Solstice 10-Minute Play Challenge: On Mondays, we drop the week’s theme on Facebook. You have 48 hours to write and submit a 10-Minute play. We will select one play to read on Facebook Live each Thursday. At the end of the Festival, our viewers will vote for their favorite play, which will be produced at our 10-Minute Play Festival, scheduled for September.

CRT’s Education Department is releasing daily videos including workshops, Cozy Corner story-time with follow-up questions and activities, and The Adventures of Sunny and Blue (our resident Clowns). Check out Education at Creede Rep on Facebook for some fun with the kiddos, though we think it’s pretty entertaining for adults, too!

After times of crisis, theatre is one of the places people have gathered to return to normal; to feel the most human. We can’t wait to welcome you all back to Creede Repertory Theatre.

John DiAntonio

Producing Artistic Director

and the CRT Staff

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Ticket Holders

Members of the CRT staff will be reaching out to ticket holders* beginning Monday, April 13th to discuss options regarding your tickets, including:

  • Exchanging your tickets for the 2021 Season.
  • Accepting a credit for a future production.
  • Donating the value of your ticket as a tax-deductible contribution to CRT, which will help us recover from the significant revenue losses we will experience as a result of COVID-19.
  • A refund of your ticket.

*Because we are on stay-at-home orders here in Colorado, you might receive some of these calls from numbers you are unfamiliar with.

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