A Message from MBT Executive Director Regarding COVID-19
“The future of Mount Baker Theatre remains bright. It will continue to be the beating heart of our arts and culture, an important community gathering space, and driver of our local economic recovery.” —John Purdie, MBT Executive Director
Please take a few minutes to watch this video from John Purdie, MBT Executive Director, sharing important information on the 2020-21 Season, the ongoing Continuing the Legacy capital campaign, and how you can continue to support the Theatre right now.
What can I expect for MBT’s next season?
The 2020-21 MBT Season is currently on standby. The MBT team has prepared an exciting lineup of shows; however, we are currently waiting in the wings until we can confidently reopen our doors safely and responsibly. As soon as we know how and when the 2020-21 MBT Season—including Member pre-sale opportunities—can begin, we will let you know. Keep an eye out for email updates or check-in at MountBakerTheatre.com for up-to-date information.
What’s the status of the Continuing the Legacy capital campaign?
MBT’s Continuing the Legacy capital project is on schedule and moving forward. Although we have not quite reached our $3-million-dollar goal, we are working on the most critical repairs—including replacing gutters, resealing exposed rebar and concrete cracks, and repainting the building to prevent water intrusion—during the closure. Stay tuned for updates as the project continues.
How can I support MBT and the arts right now?
You can invest in the future of MBT in many ways—explore ways to support online! As a nonprofit arts organization, MBT has always relied on your support to survive and thrive. Join as a Member or increase your annual Membership gift, donate what you’d normally spend on tickets during this time, or give a one-time general donation to support our digital arts experiences. However you give, your support is essential in helping MBT through this unplanned intermission!
On behalf of the MBT Board and Staff, I want to keep you updated about Theatre operations while we navigate the public health emergency. Because people are our first priority, we are abiding by the order to Stay Home. Stay Healthy. The best way to reach Box Office staff is to email Tickets@MountBakerTheatre.com or leave a voicemail at 360.734.6080, and we will respond as soon as possible.
Inevitably, the necessary and responsible action of staying apart means many events cannot take place as originally scheduled. We are working hard to reschedule as many shows as possible into the next year, and we hope you will join us then! We will continue to keep our website updated on the status of scheduled events and share new information as it becomes available.
If you have tickets to an MBT event that is rescheduled, you will receive an email from the Box Office with more details. If you are able, please consider donating your tickets back to the Theatre or applying credit to your account for future events—just one of the ways you can help MBT and the arts today without ever leaving the house.
Your support is needed now more than ever. While we are grateful we can look ahead at the developing lineup of exciting shows in the 2020-21 Season, in order to bring those to you we must successfully manage the alarming repercussions of our current reality. We are exhausting every option available to alleviate some of the serious financial losses we are experiencing, and although it pains us to do so, this now includes furloughing many talented theatre employees.
Yet, though we must close our doors and dim the lights for now, we will always keep one bulb shining on our Main Stage, ready to welcome them and you all back after this unplanned intermission.
Although we know nothing can replace the magic of live performance, we are also working to develop ways to maintain our quality arts experiences together online. Follow us on Facebook for updates on this journey.
As always, we are inspired by the compassion of our community—thank you for being such a supportive and appreciative audience! We wish you all the best as we all navigate the continuing changes to our daily lives together. Take care and be well—we hope to see you at the Theatre again soon.
John R. Purdie II
How You Can Play a Role in Supporting Your Arts Community Today
Nonprofit arts organizations work tirelessly to bring new perspectives, talent, beauty, and joy to your community. When a global health emergency occurs and social distancing is the most effective plan of action to flatten the curve of contagion, the safety and well-being of the community is our first priority.
However, there are immediate and devastating effects to consider for many industries, including your local arts venues, artists, and cultural workers. Non-profit arts organizations have limited capacity to sustain service to the community and keep staff whole. The longer this crisis continues, the more profound the need.
Fortunately, there is a role for everyone in supporting the arts while responsibly responding to COVID-19. Here are four ways you can help support artists and arts organizations now:
• Stay connected and informed. Check websites and social media for the most recent updates on schedules and happenings. If you feel inclined, post your well wishes online to show and share your support with the whole community.
• If you are unable to attend an event or that event is canceled, consider donating your tickets back in support. These contributions are essential in helping arts organizations maintain balance during uncertain times. Donating even a portion of your ticket can make a big difference!
• Join or Renew as a Member at your favorite arts nonprofit organizations. Not only will you be providing invaluable financial support through your donation, you can look forward to enjoying fun benefits when events reconvene.
• Make a donation of any size to support the arts. Even if you don’t currently have tickets to donate, you can still make a gift to support the arts. With today’s ease and efficiency of online donation options, this is a wonderful way to contribute without ever leaving the house.
Thank you for your continued support as we work to navigate this public health emergency together. We hope to see you back at the Theatre very soon!