COVID-19

Mar 16 2020

Update as of 7.9.2020

Dear Patron:

We have missed you and hope this finds you and your loved ones safe and well. We have now entered our fourth month without live performances at Whiting or the Capitol Theatre. What we love doing most has been identified among the highest risk activities associated with the spread of COVID-19 –bringing large groups of people together, into enclosed spaces, for long periods of time. Our amazing artists and stage crews work in extremely close proximity to one another. And our patrons like to have fun! Rousing applause, whistling, singing along, dancing and swaying, even hoots and hollers – all highly encouraged and essential to a great experience. Yes, we will have this much fun together again – just not as soon as we’d all like!

The safety and well-being of our patrons, performing artists, staff and volunteers remain our greatest concern and is guiding staff through the process of developing plans for an eventual reopening. We are closely following our state’s public health guidance to help us best anticipate the timing of a restart.

As you know many of the great shows presented on our stages are touring productions and that contributes additional challenges to programming decisions. All of these factors have influenced plans for our 2020-21 season.

We have made the difficult decision to delay the opening of Whiting Auditorium for the upcoming season until January of 2021. You can expect the announcement of the Winter/Spring 2021 Whiting Presents Season in late summer. The opening concert of the Flint Symphony Orchestra’s season has now been moved to February 6 2021.

Within the next few months we hope to start screening movies again at the Capitol Theatre for small audiences. We had a terrific line-up of movies scheduled last spring and those will be the first rescheduled when we reopen.

As always we appreciate your support and thank you for your patience as we navigate this transition period. We look forward to bringing you the wide variety of performing arts experiences you expect and bring so much vitality to our community. In the meantime, please stay safe and healthy!

 

Sincerely,

Rodney Lontine
Managing Executive Director

p.s. If you had tickets to a performance that has been cancelled, your ticket purchase has been placed on account as a credit.  Please contact the Ticket Center at (810) 237-7333 M-F, 10-3 or [email protected] if you have any questions.

Update as of 5.27.2020

In light of the most recent recommendations from the CDC and the executive orders of Governor Whitmer, The Whiting, Capitol Theatre, and Flint Institute of Music have extended the suspension of all events and performances through June 12th.

With things constantly changing, we are still working on rescheduling any shows that have been postponed. If you have any questions or need further assistance please contact the Ticket Center at [email protected]. The Ticket Center will be closed until the Governor’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe” Executive Order has been lifted. The Ticket Center can also be reached by calling 810.237.7333. Please leave a message. Our staff will continue to process requests while working remotely.

We miss you! This is #onlyintermission.

 

Update as of 3.24.2020

In light of the most recent recommendations from the CDC and the executive orders of Governor Whitmer, The Whiting, Capitol Theatre, and Flint Institute of Music have extended the suspension of all events and performances through May 31 for groups of 50 or more.

Postponed events: If you have tickets to a performance that has been rescheduled or we hope to reschedule, your tickets are valid for the new date. If you no longer have your tickets, you can get your tickets reprinted for free when the Ticket Center re-opens to the public.

Cancelled events: If you have tickets to performances that have been cancelled your ticket purchase has been placed on account as a credit. If you are able to consider donating your tickets it would mean a lot to us as we navigate significant loss of revenue due to cancelled performances and fundraising events. As a nonprofit arts organization, we rely heavily on your support. Your donation will help The Whiting/Capitol Theatre, Flint Institute of Music and the Flint Repertory Theatre immensely in these challenging and uncertain times. Your donation will go directly to the organization from which you purchased your tickets

If you have any questions or need further assistance please contact the Ticket Center at [email protected] The Ticket Center will be closed until the Governor’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe” Executive Order has been lifted. The Ticket Center can also be reached by calling 810.237.7333. Please leave a message. Our staff will continue to process requests while working remotely.

Update as of 3.20.2020

Dear Patron,

We know that each and every one of you are experiencing unprecedented disruption to your normal daily living and we are saddened that our ability to support you during these extraordinary times is challenged. Going forward we will provide weekly updates through these emails and uplifting social media content more frequently. Please know we are concerned for your health and safety and all the difficult decisions we are making hold that as our top priority.

In light of the most recent recommendations from the CDC and the executive orders of Governor Whitmer, the Whiting and Capitol Theatre have extended the suspension of all events and performances through May 31. We realize this is heart wrenching for many of our staff, production crew, performers and touring productions. And for our patrons who know the value of the performing arts to lift and sustain our community, this is an especially difficult time to be deprived of the live presentation of performing arts. 

If you are a ticket holder to any of these events, the Ticket Center at Whiting will begin contacting patrons on Monday, March 23 through email and phone calls regarding your options for donating tickets or receiving exchange credit on account. If you have tickets to a performance that is rescheduled or will be, your tickets are valid for the new date.You can get your tickets reprinted for free when the Ticket Center re-opens to the public. A list of the affected performances and events follows this letter. The Ticket Center can be reached by calling 810.237.7333 during their reduced business hours, Monday through Friday, 10 am to 3pm. The Ticket Center is closed to walk up business at all locations until further notice.

We are doing everything we can to mitigate the potential exposure of our patrons and staff to the coronavirus. We know this creates a real hardship for so many while we do our part to keep the community safe and healthy. We miss you!    

Warmly,

Rodney Lontine
President and CEO
Flint Institute of Music
Interim Executive, Whiting/Capitol Theatre

                                                                                                LIST OF EVENTS                                                                            

March 13th Remember the Titans movie at The Capitol Theatre - Postponed (date TBD)

March 20th The Commitment movie at The Capitol Theatre - Postponed (date TBD)

March 26th A Cappella Live! at The Whiting - Postponed (date TBD)

April 1st Ferris Bueller's Day Off movie at The Capitol Theatre - Postponed (date TBD)

April 3rd & 4th Waitress at The Whiting - Postponed (date TBD)

April 15th Cool Hand Luke movie at The Capitol Theatre - Postponed (date TBD)

May 8th Randy Wise 2nd Annual 80's vs 90's Bash at The Capitol Theatre - NEW DATE September 19th

May 9th & 10th The Play That Goes Wrong at The Whiting - CANCELLED

 

Update as of 3.18.2020

Due to COVID19, we are taking measures to ensure social distancing for our employees and patrons, and are therefore reducing staffing and Ticket Center hours.

Effective March 18, 2020, Ticket Center hours at The Whiting are Monday through Friday, 10 am to 3 pm until further notice. The Ticket Center booth at the Farmer’s Market is temporarily closed.

We look forward to seeing you this Summer and Fall as we are working on some exciting performances for the community.

Update regarding COVID-19 as of 3.13.2020

Dear Patron,

In accordance with the Governor’s recommendations regarding COVID-19, Whiting and the Capitol Theatre are suspending all events and performances convening 100 people or more for the next 30 days (April 11).  

We will follow up with patrons via email and website postings no later than Friday, March 20 with information regarding which performances will be rescheduled and which canceled. In addition you will receive information on ticket exchanges and ticket donation options for any presentations that result in cancellation.

This is a rapidly-evolving situation and we appreciate your patience while we process this unprecedented disruption to our operations. We thank you for your understanding during these extraordinary times.  

Warmly,

Rodney Lontine
President and CEO
Flint Institute of Music
Interim Executive, Whiting/Capitol Theatre

 

Here are some resources:

What is the Coronavirus (COVID-19) - from cdc.gov
How to protect yourself - from cdc.gov
What to do if you are sick - from cdc.gov
Genesee County Health Department Coronavirus updates - from gchd.us
Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) Interim Recommendations for COVID-19 Community Mitigation Strategies - from Michigan.gov