May 23, 2020
Without a doubt, this has been a very strange and challenging few months, and unlike anything many of us have ever experienced. We are all feeling the effects of this situation, whether that be in our personal or professional lives. I hope you have all found ways to adapt to whatever your new normal has become and are faring as well as possible.
The pandemic started to really affect the province just as TAG was preparing for the opening of Dracula: The Bloody Truth. Despite the fact the situation was beyond our control, the TAG Executive was disappointed when we had to postpone the rest of our 2019/2020 season. However, the safety and health of our cast, crew, volunteers, and patrons was and will always remain a priority. I would like to thank the cast and crew for the many hours they spent rehearsing and preparing. The beautiful set remains intact on the stage and the costumes are still on their hangers in hopes that the show will eventually go on.
The month of May is when we would normally host our Season Launch and announce the productions and events for the next season. Again, that is not something we can plan for at this time as we have no idea how long our doors will have to remain closed.
We are highlighting some of our dedicated volunteers this month via Facebook. These volunteers were nominated by fellow TAG members, and were provided with a series of questions. Their responses and photos are being shared online every week. Thanks to all those who took the time to respond, and to all those who are making such heartfelt and glowing comments about these individuals. This is what it’s all about.
While the theatre is vacant, we took the opportunity to have the lobby carpet, backstage areas, and all auditorium seating steam cleaned. Regular cleaning throughout the theatre is still occurring and will continue to be a focus when we are back in operation. The Executive continues to have a virtual meeting once a month to discuss future plans. We know our return to the theatre will not look quite the same as we’re used to, but we remain optimistic that we will eventually be able to provide the high quality theatre experience our patrons have come to expect. One thing is for sure: we certainly miss our TAG family and friends.
I look forward to the day we can open the theatre doors again and welcome you all back. Be well.
~ Rayna Smith-Camp President, TAG (email)
March 17, 2020
The health and well-being of our patrons, cast, crew and volunteers is of paramount importance. Following the direction from the Premier and provincial public health officials, the Theatre Arts Guild at the Pond Playhouse is postponing performances of Dracula - the Bloody Truth.
Our Board believes this is the best decision to help keep all our participants safe and healthy. We are sure you will agree.
We will continue to monitor the advice of Nova Scotia public health officials and will announce decisions about a revised schedule as the COVID-19 situation unfolds.
If you have tickets for Dracula - the Bloody Truth, purchased from Ticket Atlantic, Ticket Atlantic will issue the refund.
- All tickets purchased over the phone or online via TicketAtlantic.com or at the Pond Playhouse using a credit card will be automatically refunded by Ticket Atlantic. As you can understand, given the volume they are dealing with and the unprecedented nature of this situation, this could take up to 2-3 weeks.
- For tickets purchased in person, at the Ticket Atlantic Box Office or Atlantic Superstore outlets, please email Ticket Atlantic by clicking HERE for details as to how you will receive your refund.
We will keep you informed through email and also ask you to monitor our website and our Facebook page for further updates.
We thank you for your continued support of the Theatre Arts Guild. If you have any questions, please feel free to email us here.
Keep healthy and be safe.
March 14, 2020
Dear Members and Patrons,
With COVID-19 receiving such extensive media coverage, we wanted to update you with the Theatre Art Guild’s current position around this virus.
Right now, the Public Health Agency of Canada has continued to rate the risk as low, and there have been no confirmed cases of the virus in Nova Scotia at this time.
We realize the situation may change quickly, but at the moment, our next production Dracula - the Bloody Truth will continue as planned with our Opening Night on Thursday March 19th.
However, here’s how you can help keep yourself and your fellow patrons safe:
- If you are feeling even slightly ill – and especially if you have recently traveled – please stay at home.
- Please remember to use good hygiene practices, and wash your hands often – especially while in public!
We are we are taking measures to help prevent the spread of germs and microbes. Hand sanitizer is available in our lobby and we have planned extra cleaning to ensure that surfaces and handles are disinfected before and after every event and at the bar we will have disposable glasses along with disposable gloved bar tenders. We are regularly reviewing all hygienic procedures for the safety of all our volunteers and patrons.
The government of Nova Scotia is not recommending that gatherings of less than 150 persons be postponed and there are no directives or recommendations suggesting that smaller events such as those hosted by TAG should not go ahead as planned.
We do ask anyone feeling sick to stay home until their health is recovered and for those that have recently traveled to follow the government recommendations for self-isolation.
We will keep you advised of any further developments, but did want you to know that our Board is keeping a watchful eye on the entire situation.