The Bluewater Summer Playhouse

By Tammy Schneider
On April 20, the Bluewater Summer Playhouse board of directors made the decision to cancel the 2020 season, based on the advice of public health authorities and the provincial government. It cited that physical distancing would be the responsible way of life for the foreseeable future, and to ensure the health and safety of staff, artists, volunteers and patrons the cancellation was necessary.
The Playhouse, which offers professional, live theatre and concerts, is renowned among cottagers, tourists and residents for providing quality entertainment through the summer months. Artistic director, Ralph Small, brings two plays to the stage each season. Concerts have included tribute bands that celebrate the music of popular groups such as the BeeGees and Creedence Clearwater Revival as well as musicians including Leisa Way and the Ballaghs.
All shows, summer camps and fundraising campaigns have been cancelled for the 2020 season, which means the Playhouse has no revenue. Board member Jennifer Webb says the Playhouse is extremely grateful for a multi-year financial commitment from Bruce Power, which is helping to pay the bills. The Municipality waived rent while the theatre was shut down in April, May and June, and a $2,000 grant will be used to cover rent next month. The directors are doing everything they can to limit expenses.
Four-packs of tickets, sold as a Christmas promotion, can be returned for refund, but Webb hopes people will hold on to them and use them in the 2021 season. The board has been busy securing all musical acts and plays scheduled for this summer, to perform next year.
Webb is looking forward to once again spending time with her theatre colleagues and volunteers and says “We’ll be back in 2021!”

The Bluewater Summer Playhouse was last modified: June 23rd, 2020 by Tammy Schneider

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