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Greetings from The Haid!

What a whirlwind the past six months have been! We hope this message finds you well. Preparations for the 2020-21 Season, COVID edition, have been underway for sometime, constantly changing and adjusting. Our efforts continue.

The Abbey Players are respectfully attempting to present a slate of plays for the 137th season of theatre on campus. Since 1883, live theatre at Belmont Abbey College has provided both entertainment and inspiration through crisis after crisis. We have endured wars, pandemics, natural disasters, and periods of social unrest. Throughout these events, the Abbey Players have offered mental and spiritual refreshment to the students, faculty, staff and monastic community, and to many generous supporters beyond our campus borders as well. We are determined to make the same effort in the COVID-19 age, though it currently looks different than what we had hoped.

Due to the ongoing statewide restrictions on entertainment venues currently in effect through October 2, and out of an abundance of caution for the safety and welfare of our patrons, we cannot offer public performances to our wonderful off-campus patrons just yet. Though we have held out hope til the last possible moment. we must honor the statewide directives and the final decision received earlier today from the college administration. The first production of the season, Talley's Folly, will be offered only to our current students, faculty, and staff as an extension of our educational mission, with a maximum attendance of 25 people per performance.

For the 2020-21 season, we will not offer season memberships. While it pains us to have to postpone the strong connections we have with our season members, it only makes sense, since we cannot currently welcome everyone to the theatre. In addition, the majority of our patrons who responded to last month's survey said that they would not plan to return at the beginning of the season, understandably. Our hope is that even as soon as November, we will see as many of you as are comfortable at The Haid with our second production, should restrictions on public events be loosened. We would like to be able to offer single tickets to all patrons and complimentary tickets to our 2019-20 season members when the time comes that we are able to welcome you back. We will be in touch soon about the rest of the season. In the meantime, know that our off-campus supporters are greatly missed, and we look forward to a reunion as soon as possible! 

Our prayers for you continue. Please keep our college students, faculty, and staff in your thoughts, as we all navigate the ongoing challenges of these pandemic times. Please also remember those Abbey Players within our community who are serving in essential capacities, as we remember all of our patrons who are serving throughout our communities. Donations to our Annual Fund are always needed and appreciated and can be made HERE, for those who have asked about supporting us this season.

We have some new ideas in the works of how to continue to share joy, laughter, perhaps music and stories with you digitally in the coming weeks and months. Please be sure you’re following us on Facebook. Click HERE to be taken to our Facebook page, like us, and you’ll receive updates in your newsfeed.

Thank you for your wonderful support of The Abbey Players!
 
In case you missed our last email, Abbey Player Cadie Pittman, whom you've seen in Wait Until Dark, Much Ado About Nothing, Verity, The Lark, and many others, was accepted into two prestigious programs to further her acting studies this fall, and just like many across the country and globe, her plans were changed dramatically (no pun intended!) She put the montage above together, because sometimes laughter truly is the best medicine. This is too good not to share again!

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