UPDATED AUGUST 5, 2020
Dear valued patrons, participants and friends,
Since 1972, the Spartanburg Youth Theatre has provided quality family entertainment and rich education programs for kids of all ages. We have always strived to ensure that you feel cared for by SYT, both for your artistic enjoyment and for your and your children’s health and safety. Recently, with the onset of COVID-19 and the ensuing pandemic, we are tasked with the increased responsibility of making decisions that impact the health and physical well-being of our patrons, performers, and volunteers.
Since mid-March, we have been monitoring national, state, and local guidelines and keeping a close and hopeful eye on all contributing factors to consider when determining how and when we can safely reopen. Rigorous social distancing measures are still in effect and many unknown and potential risks to the health of our participants and audience members still exist.
Our school time performances make up an integral piece of our programming and income. Spartanburg county school decisions are still in flux. Field trips for the fall have been suspended, and the likelihood of spring field trips remains tremendously low. We believe it is the safest and most responsible decision for us as an organization to cancel our the 2020-2021 Spartanburg Youth Theatre season, including productions of Dragons Love Tacos, The Snowy Day & Other Stories, Disney’s Freaky Friday, and Alice in Wonderland. While we hope to present the cancelled productions in a future season, due to licensing restrictions, we cannot guarantee these titles will appear in 2021-22.
In light of the cancellation, we hope to provide a performance opportunity in spring 2021 for our SYT participants, including an opportunity for our graduating seniors to show-off their talents to Spartanburg one more time before they move on to their next stage. However, this too will depend on the course of COVID-19 and our ability to safely execute all that needs to transpire to protect our patrons, employees, participants, and the community.
Although we will be without productions this season, our education programming will continue in full force. In addition to our usual fall and spring class semesters offered right after school, we will be offering daytime classes for those who will be learning from home, and expanding class offerings into the evening to better accommodate everyone's varying schedules. While the stage may be temporarily dark, this will be a perfect season for our participants to hone their craft and prepare to wow the crowds when the stage lights shine again!
You have been more than understanding through all of the uncertainty and scheduling changes and we are once again humbly asking for your grace and patience as we do our best to take care of our fiercely loyal and enthusiastic patrons. Please read the following information carefully for information on your options concerning ticket purchases and seating assignment policies:
If you purchased season tickets for our upcoming 2020-21 season:
• ROLL OVER: Roll over your season tickets to the 2021-22 season.
• REFUND: CLICK HERE to request a full refund, or click this link to request a refund online.
If you had a standing seating reservation in 2020-21:
• 2020-21 season ticket holders with standing seating reservations will have first right of refusal for those same seats in 2021-22.
Please CLICK HERE to let us know how to proceed with your season subscription. We ask that you make all refund requests by October 30, 2020. Please call our office at (864) 585-8278 with any questions. We may be experiencing a high call volume and your understanding and patience is greatly appreciated. If you would prefer to make your requests online, click this link to make this request in an online form.
The majority of Spartanburg Youth Theatre’s revenue comes from ticket sales, contributions, sponsorships, and school time performances. The loss of that income will have a significant impact on the financial and artistic health of the theatre and the way in which we are able to reemerge and navigate a post COVID-19 future.
We need the support of our valued audience members, donors, and participants more than ever. If you are able, please consider the following ways in which you can shine a much-needed light of support while our stages remain dark:
Invest in and protect the future of the Spartanburg Youth Theatre with a 100% tax-deductible gift to the SYT Dream Builders. Your financial support will ensure we can sustain operations through this period of uncertainty and be prepared to emerge stronger than before. CLICK HERE to donate online.
Write, email, or phone your state and local legislators and advocate for increased funding for the arts and COVID-related arts relief funds.
Consider including Spartanburg Youth Theatre in your estate plan. Donations of stock, company matching gifts, and bequests are simple ways of continuing your support of our theatre.
• GO ONLINE:
Watch, share, and promote upcoming virtual programming on your own social media platforms.
Improve your child’s performing skills through our education programs.
For now, we are still hard at work on discovering exciting and innovative ways we can continue to inspire, educate, and entertain our faithful audiences and patrons during this brief pause in our regular programming. Thank you so very much for all of your support, patience, and understanding. We miss you, and we’ll see you soon.
Youth Theatre Director