Piedmont Opera Cancels Production
Piedmont Opera always considers its patrons in every decision it makes, and today, it makes one that concerns your physical health. Yesterday, both North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper and Allen Joines, The Mayor of Winston-Salem, advised against gatherings of more than 100 people in an effort to control the spread of the COVID-19 virus. With this in mind, we must announce that we are cancelling our performances of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I.
As we approached this decision, we examined all other possibilities. We spoke with Concord Theatricals, who holds the performing rights to The King and I, about livestreaming the production to our patrons, but permission was denied. We evaluated rescheduling the production, but it was both calendar and cost prohibitive.
We were left with no choice. “The cast, crew and staff are so saddened with this news. So many people, from professional singers to four-year-old children were making their debut on our stage,” said Piedmont Opera’s General Director James Allbritten. “As much as our community could use the ‘shot in the arm’ that this beautiful production would have given, it cannot be at risk of our patron’s health.”
In consideration of the state’s request that organizers be lenient in their return policy, Piedmont Opera is bypassing its usual no-return policy and will offer patrons two options. We hope that you will consider turning your purchase into a donation to support the company in this most challenging
time. While the production has been cancelled, the company will still have to bear the sizeable cost of producing this show, as we were only days from opening. You may also request a refund or indicate your preference to donate by contacting the Piedmont Opera box office at firstname.lastname@example.org. Piedmont Opera has a very small staff and requests that you use this email address only to make your request. Please be patient. All requests for refunds must be made by March 27, 2020. After March 27th, tickets will be automatically converted into donations, and the
purchaser will receive a letter for a tax deduction.
Piedmont Opera wishes everyone good health and a healthy return to the vibrant arts scene here in Winston-Salem, The City of the Arts.