COVID-19 Update

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

UPDATE on ANNUAL PICNIC: Boise Little Theater would like to continue the tradition of a membership appreciation picnic and awards ceremony but given the circumstances, feels that holding the picnic at the usual time on July 20th, is not in the best interests of our community. Therefore, in conjunction with Boise Parks & Recreation, we have pushed back the annual event to at least August 10th. Even though the picnic is an outdoor event in a large seating area, Boise Little Theater strongly encourages you and your household to follow government recommendations for masks and social distancing. We encourage each household to assess the risk to your health as this is not an essential activity. Even if you are eligible for an award, you do not need to be present to accept it.

BLT has decided not to allow the usual potluck to reduce contact between households. However, the usual grillmasters plan to cook up burgers, brats and veggie burgers for your enjoyment. Please bring whatever additional food you’d like for your household. We plan to use additional tables to create extra seating areas to allow adequate social distancing. The surfaces will be sanitized, and hand sanitizer will be available. We are asking you to RSVP for this year’s picnic by August 3rd so we can monitor the size of the event and ensure we will be in line with whatever the guidelines for public gatherings may be in August. Please RSVP by contacting the box office at boxoffice@boiselittletheater.org or 208-342-5104. Our plans will fluctuate with our community’s circumstances. We appreciate your flexibility and understanding of the need for modifications and will update you if the situation changes. Thank you.

Monday, June 15, 2020

Boise Little Theater did things a little differently for auditions this weekend. We are cautiously optimistic that if the stages of reopening continue as planned, we will be able to open our first show, The Book of Will by Lauren Gunderson, one of the most popular playwrights in America, on time, September 4, 2020. Although we want to continue to educate and entertain our community we also want to be responsible community members. We asked our auditioners to support our little theater in this by altering their behavior for the benefit of community members who might need it. We are grateful that auditioners were very compliant with our requests.

Boise Little Theater volunteers sanitized all the seats and high-touch surfaces in the house before auditioners arrived and placed hand sanitizer along several travel paths. Auditioners were asked to enter through the open doors of the lobby instead of the Green Room so they could spread out in the house while waiting to read. Many arrived wearing face masks and were very understanding about the need for voluntary social distancing. Sides were made available as a download prior to auditions and sides that were available on site were not shared. The director also addressed the actors, asking them to be respectful of others’ need for social distancing both in the house and while reading. He explained that we will monitor the situation and adjust safety measures during the rehearsal process as needed. All in all, a very considerate group of theater people that weighed the risks and chose to respect and support fellow community members in order to participate in the magic that is live theater.

– Boise Little Theater Board of Directors