Another one of Door County’s performing arts organizations has decided to cancel their fall season. Northern Sky Theater in Fish Creek announced Thursday that the 2020 fall indoor season at the new Gould Theater would not go on as planned. The shows “Naked Radio” in September as well as “And if Elected” in October were the two scheduled performances. Director of Development & Public Relations Holly Feldman says the difficult decision to cancel the fall season was based on concerns over the pandemic and a limited seating capacity that would have financial ramifications. She says the Northern Sky Theater is able to take consolation in the fact that the new 250-seat Gould Theater was utilized last fall.
The company was to celebrate their 50th year of performing in the outdoor setting in Peninsula State Park and the 30th year as a professional company. Peninsula Players announced earlier this week that its fall season was also canceled.
Northern Sky Theater Announces Cancellation of 2020 Fall Season
FISH CREEK, WI - Northern Sky Theater, in Door County, Wisconsin, has announced that it will cancel its 2020 fall indoor season in the new Gould Theater. The company hoped to present Naked Radio in September and October, as well as And If Elected in October.
The company cited ongoing concerns regarding the pandemic, limits on gatherings, union restrictions for its professional company of actors, and the welfare of its large volunteer base of support. The decision to cancel comes after the company analyzed numerous scenarios, including the financial ramifications of socially-distanced seating, which would limit attendance to just 25% of Gould Theater's 250-seat house.
"We attempted to hold off as long as possible in making this difficult decision to allow time to gather more information and to give the performing arts industry a chance to work through some of the parameters that would allow for a safe and enjoyable experience for both our company members and our audience," stated Dave Maier, managing director. "It now has become clear that, just as for most public gathering venues, this guidance and go-ahead will not be available until after we would have scheduled the start of rehearsals. Making this decision now also allows us to more fully embrace our virtual season and advance our new works process going on behind the scenes - the lifeblood of Northern Sky."
Northern Sky recently announced a virtual season that includes an upcoming virtual concert on July 17 in honor of outgoing board chair, Mary Seeberg; a performance of music and spoken word called The Healing Session, hosted by actress Lachrisa Grandberry on July 26; and their Northern SkyLights series, a selection of highlights from past performances. The three-tiered virtual season also includes a weekly live presence through Facebook and Instagram with The Jeff and Katie Show as well as their Northern Sky At Home series through email and social media.
"Although this decision weighs heavily on our staff and board, we have been buoyed by the support we've seen from our fans through our virtual series," stated artistic director, Jeff Herbst. "And we'll need that support going forward more than ever, as will our cast and crew. The continued financial support from our patrons will not only ensure we can keep the new works coming but will also help us support the livelihood of our artists."
The company was poised to celebrate several anniversaries in 2020, including 50 years of performing in its outdoor home in Peninsula State Park, 30 years as a professional company, and its first full season in the new Gould Theater.