A Statement About COVID-19

Friday, March 13

Dear friends of Lighthouse,

Your safety and well-being are of utmost importance to us. We have been carefully following recent developments regarding COVID-19 (coronavirus) and consulting with our board of directors and staff, fellow arts organizations, and local health authorities to determine how best to keep our patrons and staff healthy and safe.

Lighthouse Festival Theatre supports social distancing as a way to bolster the efforts of medical practitioners working to limit the worldwide spread of the coronavirus. To do our part, acting on the advice of Ontario’s chief medical officer to suspend large public gatherings, all scheduled performances and events at Lighthouse from now until April 16 are cancelled:

  • Comedy Night – March 14
  • March Break (Robin Hood, The Berenstain Bears, Sleeping Beauty) – March 17-18-19
  • Person of Interest – March 21
  • Execulink: A Night at the Theatre – March 24
  • Andrew Martin AMORE – March 26
  • ABBAMANIA & The Bee Gees/Night Fever – March 27
  • Buddy Holly – March 28
  • Drama Kidz presents A Glass Half Full – April 2 & 3
  • Time Is On My Side: The Rolling Stones Story – April 4
  • Volunteer Sign-Up Day – April 7
  • Red Carpet Social – April 9

Acting out of an abundance of caution, we will also be closing our doors to the public to contribute to the broader societal effort to slow the spread of the illness.

If you have a ticket to a cancelled event, the box office will contact you individually to discuss next steps.

It is our full intention to stage our community show (Guys and Dolls) and the summer season as scheduled. Our physical box office is now closed, but you can still reach us over the phone and online.

The risk posed by coronavirus to Ontarians remains low, but the situation is changing rapidly and we will keep you informed of new developments at the theatre.

“Lighthouse Festival Theatre is in full support of working on a societal level to ease the burden on our medical system for the benefit of all. We are equally committed to presenting our community show and our summer season and will use this time to prepare those productions,” said Artistic Director Derek Ritschel.

“A sincere thank you for supporting live theatre and the arts during this difficult time. We look forward to hearing your laughter ringing through our theatre this spring.”