BTG News

COVID-19 and Bellingham Theatre Guild

May 28, 2020

To Our Audience and Our Members:

As the public health emergency continues THE SMELL OF THE KILL remains on hold and, although we hope to produce shows next Fall, it’s very hard to make firm plans. Theatres like ours are designated “PHASE 4” in the Governor’s plan for reopening activities. When PHASE 3 is announced, we will begin preparing to reopen for those who feel comfortable attending plays.

Here is what we know about activities we had planned for summer and fall:

  • Regardless of when we can open, the first play we invite audiences to will be THE SMELL OF THE KILL.
  • We had planned to hold our annual picnic in June. However, the City of Bellingham has cancelled all events on its property, including our picnic at Lake Padden.
  • BTG will delay its usual subscription and membership campaign, probably until August when we hope to have some visibility regarding what is possible. Our intention is to produce and sell subscriptions to a full 2020-2021 season while honoring tickets already purchased for SMELL OF THE KILL and INTO THE WOODS.
  • We have not made a special request for funds stemming from this COVID-19 pandemic, but we encourage you to continue your generous support of BTG at that time.

Thank goodness for Zoom! That technology enabled us to hold the annual membership meeting earlier this month to elect those who will take office July 1. The following comprise the Board of Directors for Bellingham Theatre Guild 2020-2021:

President: Lynn Starcher
Vice President: Bonnie Hollingsworth
VP of Production: Robert Muzzy
Treasurer: Michael O’Neal
Secretary: Kaitlin Davis
Trustees: Jo Kaas, Natasha McPhaden

Jo and Natasha join four Trustees whose terms continue: Ryan Goelzenleuchter, Christy Ham, Marion Heath, and Erin Kingery. Dee Dee O’Connor also continues as Past President.

Also elected that night are three members of the Nominating Committee, Shawn Fuller, Marion Heath, and Sean Walbeck, who will be joined by two people appointed at the July Board meeting.

We hope you and your friends and family are all well and safe. And we look forward to the day we can gather in person once more.

Lynn Starcher, President