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Information and Updates Due to COVID-19

Hello BVT Family,

Hope this finds each of you sheltered safely. In this extraordinary time, we thank you for making the sacrifice of staying home and keeping your neighbors and your community safe.

Staying home is certainly not in Bristol Valley Theater’s nature. We are in our element when we can gather with you and light up your nights with music or laughter, or provoke a sigh or a gasp or even a tear. We gather our strength from the strength of our audience. So this is new territory indeed.

However, what is most important is the safety of our audience, our artists, and our community. And so we are making the responsible and necessary decision to boldly venture into that new territory by re-imagining our 2020 summer season as BVT at Home (click here for the details!).

Because we take seriously the state mandate that we cannot safely gather at the theater, we will be creating a series of online theater events that you can enjoy safely from your own homes — beginning with a free online encore performance of last summer’s world premiere musical, The King’s Legacy by BVT’s own Michael Radi, coming up May 16. This lavish historical musical explores the court of Henry VIII and his six wives, particularly the remarkable Anne Boleyn. The link to that event, plus more details will be available on our Facebook page, our website (, and will be emailed out to any of you who have included an email address in your contact information.

As the summer continues, we have more excitement in store:

• June 27, you can catch up with all your favorite performers as we create the first ever Virtual BVT Cabaret Night. Our annual Cabaret, where our talented artists pick and perform their own favorite material is a must-see event each season. For the BVT at Home version, we’ve reached out to our BVT family of artists sheltering in their homes around the country, and they are preparing music and laughs that will make this a night to remember.

• Starting July 10, we’ll continue our BVT New Works Initiative with our Friday Night Play Reading Series. Every week, we’ll feature a new play by an up and coming playwright, read in an online format by a virtual who’s who of BVT actors. You can watch them live or view at your convenience for a week after their initial broadcast. Check your email, our Facebook page, or website for information about each week’s offering.

• In August, because Lord knows we could use a laugh, we’ve got something funny up our sleeve. But we’ve got to keep it under wraps for now. We’ll fill you in just as soon as we’re able.

• All of these events will be free to our subscribers and to anyone who has purchased a ticket to a 2020 Summer show, via a secure online link and password. For those who are not subscribers or ticket holders, tickets can be purchased on our ETIX website.

We know that this isn’t the programming you signed up for. None of us could have anticipated this turn of events. We hope to be able to bring you those exciting season selections when it’s safe to do so. But we also know that BVT is an important part of your summer and we want to do anything we can safely do to continue that tradition. If you’ll stay the course, and use your subscription to dive into these unique and safe BVT at Home Events, we guarantee you’ll be entertained. And you’ll support the theater that has brought light and laughter and music to our community for over 50 years.

If you’d like, you can convert the cost of your subscription or individual tickets to a tax-deductible contribution*, and still enjoy our BVT at Home series. Just let us know and we’ll send you an acknowledgment for your records. If you prefer to discuss other options, please call our office at 585-374-9032. We are working from home, but we check messages regularly and if you leave your name and a phone number, a member of our staff or board will return your call within a few days.

This is the time of year when we traditionally reach out to you for support. This season we need it more than ever. As you can imagine, losing the revenue from canceled or postponed programs makes your donations even more vital. We hope we can count on you. Won’t you please consider a gift to Bristol Valley Theater at this critical time?*

We are excited and grateful to announce that one of our most generous donors has agreed to match any donation made before June 1 up to $10,000. You can double the impact of your gift by giving now! Donation checks (made to Bristol
Valley Theater) can be mailed to BVT, PO Box 218, Naples NY 14512. If you prefer to give your gift via credit card (or pay pal), click here or you can call our office at 585-374-9032.

In this time of sheltering apart, we turn to books, movies, television, music, online museum exhibits, and recorded theatrical performances to fill our days. One thing is patently clear: the arts provide comfort, inspiration, and hope in a troubled time. They link us together, even when we must be apart, and give expression to what is best, brightest, and strongest in our shared humanity.

Until we can gather together, we hope that you stay safe, stay healthy, and keep supporting those around you. We are all in this together. Our collective strength will see us through.

Thanks for your support,

Karin Bowersock
Katelyn Machnica
Angela Einwachter
Atticus the Cat

*As an added incentive, the federal government’s CARE act is making donations tax-deductible for more tax payers. (for full details consult your tax adviser).

Most sincerely,

Karin Bowersock
Katelyn Machnica
Angela Einwachter
Atticus the Cat