Written by Deb Duncan-Faul

The cherished thespian battle cry “The Show Must Go On!” has been met with an unyielding foe this year - COVID. Theatres from Broadway and London’s West End, to beloved community theatres continue to sit in silence with only the ghosts of past shows and applause to keep them company. But as relentless as this foe may be, and as unsettling as this is to the thousands of people who love and support live theatre, there still shines countless footlights of hope. Each and every person who has ever attended, helped, performed and supported a Van Wert Civic Theatre production can now take center stage for the greatest role of a lifetime - as a lifeline to keep the curtain rising on your local theatre through the “SOS, Save Our Stage” Campaign!”

When the pandemic struck, Van Wert Civic Theatre ceased all performances. Unfortunately, operating expenses needed to keep the theater viable and ready to go when it is safe to open up again, did not stop. Some of these expenses include mortgage payments, utilities, insurance, tax filings, and inspections to name a few. While cost-cutting measures have been taken, the truth is VWCT needs help to make sure the show will go on.

The goal is to raise enough money to cover expenses and prevent the theatre from being forced into a devastating financial situation as this pandemic continues. For those patrons who have held season tickets in the past, the theatre encourages you to donate the cost that would have been spent on season tickets toward the SOS Campaign. For everyone else, whether you’ve seen a show or not, you have a chance to play a huge part in the future of Van Wert Civic Theatre.

Van Wert Civic Theatre thanks all who have already given to the SOS Campaign, and say “thank you” in advance to all who will make this valuable, tax-deductible contribution. Donations can be sent to Van Wert Civic Theatre, P.O. Box 823, Van Wert, OH 45891 or made online at VWCT.ORG.

As a final curtain call, those at Van Wert Civic Theatre say they miss the performances, the audiences, the volunteers, the actors and the crews. They ask that everyone stay safe and hope that once again, very soon, they will be able take a bow to your applause.