Statement from the Oregon CabaretUpdated February 23rd, 2021
The short version: We are reopening this Friday, 2/26 with the musical The Spitfire Grill!
With Jackson County officially moving from the Extreme Risk designation to the High Risk designation, we will open their season as planned this Friday, February 26th with the inspiring new musical, The Spitfire Grill.
This will be a brand new, Oregon Cabaret Theatre take on the hit musical, with the cast playing their own instruments as an onstage orchestra. It has been re-imagined by the same creative team that brought Once to life on the Cabaret stage.
In the show, Percy, a parolee just released from prison, arrives in a small town in Wisconsin and finds a place for herself working at Hannah’s Spitfire Grill, the only eatery in a struggling town. It is for sale but there are no takers, so newcomer Percy suggests to Hannah that she raffle it off. Entry fees are one hundred dollars, and the best essay on why you want the grill wins.
We are reopening with the following safety measures in place:
Limited capacity - all tables will be six feet apart and all tables will be at least 12 feet from the performers. While Jackson County is in 'High Risk'', the Cabaret will only be able to seat the house to 25% capacity - a maximum of 42 patrons.
Temperature checks - The Cabaret will be screening for fever at the door.
Masks on - During the show and when not actively eating, the Cabaret requires patrons to wear masks. All Cabaret staff will be wearing masks
Hand sanitizer stations - The Cabaret has set up multiple hand sanitizing stations throughout the theatre
Improved air filters - The Cabaret has MERV 13 filters installed in all four of its HVAC systems.
The short version: We are cancelling our holiday show, Scrooge in Rouge and will re-open in February for the start of our 2021 Season
Due to the governor’s pause and the rapidly rising COVID-19 case count in Jackson county, we will be cancelling our planned show for the holiday season, Scrooge in Rouge.
We want to be clear on two things:
- First, this is a temporary closure. We will be back.
- Second, this is not due to any incidence of COVID-19 in our building. With rigid safety protocols, we've had more than 90 shows since July without incident.
We'll announce their full five show 2021 season, later in November, and patrons should watch their mailboxes for the new season brochure.
As we have done for every COVID-related schedule change this year, the Cabaret box office will be calling all Scrooge in Rouge ticket holders. Patrons can reach out to the box office regarding these changes by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 541.488.2902.
The short version: We are not closing, but we postponing our productions of Poirot: Murder on the Links and White Christmas and replacing them with a Cabaret Series in the fall and the comedy 'Scrooge in Rouge' for the holidays.
The Oregon Cabaret Theatre has two major scheduling changes to announce:
- We are postponing our production of Poirot: Murder on the Links. In its place this fall, we will be featuring a brand new ‘Cabaret Series’ - a series of musical and comedic acts to brighten your September and October that includes acts from Jared Freiburg (Jerry Lee Lewis in Million Dollar Quartet), Valerie Rachelle, Galloway Stevens, and Kristen Calvin.
- We are replacing our holiday show, White Christmas with Scrooge in Rouge.
Scrooge in Rouge: When the cast of 20 fall ill from food poisoning, the three remaining actors soldier on by playing every role in a musical version of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.
We know we have not been able to provide the season we promised you at the start of 2020, but we are planning on remaining open, with a continued focus on patron and artist safety. Replacing two large cast shows with smaller Cabaret acts and a three person Christmas show reduces risk to performers and patrons alike.As always our box office will be reaching out to patrons affected by this change. Patrons will be contacted in order based on when their original ticket purchase was made. If you would like to reach out to us regarding these changes, please e-mail us at email@example.com or by phone at 541.488.2902.
The short version: We are not closing down our season. Our new target open date for The Spitfire Grill is June 5th.
Per the Governor's office, the Cabaret as a small hybrid restaurant and entertainment venue is not eligible to open until Phase Two of Oregon's structured re-opening. Given that phase one will not start until 5/15 at the earliest, that means the earliest start date for Phase Two is June 5th. Under this plan, the Spitfire Grill with run for five weekends, from June 5th to July 5th. Obviously, all of this could change as the situation develops.
When we are able open, we will make the safety of our customers an absolute priority, with all restaurant employees wearing masks, increasing the distance between tables and and a focus on all surfaces in the theatre being completely sanitized between shows.
It looks like 5/15 is the earliest we will be allowed back in our building to work on the show, so we have pushed back our opening of The Spitfire Grill to 5/21. The Full Monty will still open on 7/16. As always, we will be calling the ticket holders for that weekend of May 15th to see what you would like to do with your tickets. If you would like to contact us, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or leave a phone message by calling our temporary box office line at 541-631-1955.
Today we made the decision to push back the opening of The Spitfire Grill to May 15th. To make sure everyone who wants to can see it, we are pushing back the close date of The Spitfire Grill to 7/5 and moving the opening of The Full Monty to 7/16. If you have tickets to any affected show, our hard-working box office staff will be reaching out to all of you to see what you'd like to do. If you would like to contact us, please send an email to email@example.com, or leave a phone message by calling our temporary box office line at 541-631-1955.
Given new CDC guidelines that social distancing should continue until 4/30, we are pushing our opening of Spitfire Grill until 5/1. Once again, we will be contacting all ticket holders in order of performance date. This will take time, so please be patient. We hope to get to everyone by the end of this week. If you would like to contact us, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or leave a phone message by calling our temporary box office line at 541-631-1955.
We will be back when it is safe. We have put together a page with a list of ways you can support the Cabaret during this crisis, if you are able.
Oregon governor Kate Brown has mandated the closure of all restaurants for the next four weeks (3/17 - 4/14). Our new re-opening date for The Spitfire Grill will be 4/15. This page will be updated if there are any further changes.
Original Message - 3/15
Today, the team here at the Oregon Cabaret Theatre made the decision to close until April 15th. Tonight's performance (Monday 3/16) of Steel Magnolias will be the show's closing, and we will re-open 4/9 with our new show The Spitfire Grill. This a cautionary measure only - no one has been ill at the Cabaret, and we have not yet been asked by government to shut our doors.
If you have tickets to one of our cancelled Spitfire Grill or Steel Magnolias performances, you can:
- Have the value of your ticket(s) be posted to your account as a patron credit.
- Exchange your ticket(s) for another show/performance starting April 9th
- Have the price of your ticket(s) refunded to you.
We hope you will consider options 1 or 2. This is going to be a difficult stretch for many Southern Oregon businesses to weather, and by taking the value of your ticket as a credit, you are helping to ensure we'll be back up and running and filling our building with music and laughter when this is behind us.
We will be contacting all ticket holders in order of performance date. This will take time, so please be patient. We hope to get to everyone by the end of this week. If you would like to contact us, please send an email to email@example.com, or leave a phone message by calling 541-488-2902. Please know how much we appreciate your patronage and support.