Like virtually all theaters across the country, Town & Country Players in March made the difficult decision to cancel its 2020 season due to the covid-19 pandemic.
“We take the health and safety of our members, patrons, cast, crew and community very seriously, and determined that canceling the season was really the only thing to do,” said President Matt Schultheis.
But in the true spirit of “community” theater, work began immediately on serving the community at a time when people needed an outlet more than ever. The “Sunshine Committee” was formed and tasked with keeping the members performing, participating and giving back to the community.
Chaired by Sarah LeClair, the group has already organized food drives and card/letter campaigns, created digital media for senior centers and produced a series of free virtual performances via Zoom, including Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing,” the classic Greek tragedy “Antigone,” and J.M. Barrie’s “Peter Pan.”
Response to the Sunshine Committee’s work has been enthusiastic.
“Our theater’s volunteer membership has actually grown every month this year, which is incredible when our physical building is closed,” LeClair said. “Our members give back in so many ways, and this year has tested and proven that Town and Country Players is a theater to watch and support!”