December 3, 2020 Update to Schauer Center Response to Covid-19
Wishing You Happy Holidays and a safe return to live entertainment
Everyone is doing things differently these days in order to stay safe and healthy. We know the value of the arts to your health as well. The arts lift spirits and feed the soul. For now, the arts have to be delivered differently as well, but can still exist in our community to inspire us and connect us.
Artists and theaters are working together to make live performances happen while keeping everyone safe. We are so pleased to work with area performers to do just that. In December, we will raise the curtain in the Ruth Knoll Theater for the first time since March. Things may look and feel a little different, but the same quality entertainment will go on. Seating in the theater will be limited to 25% with social distancing around each group of attendees. Masks will be required at all times in the building, including in the theater. Cleaning protocols have been enhanced and will be done after each show. High touch areas will get extra cleaning throughout the day. Following these guidelines will allow us to bring live entertainment to the community while keeping patrons, staff and performers safe.
Tickets are on sale now for John McGivern’s Holiday Tales. There will be 4 shows over December 12 and 13. December 18 will bring more holiday spirit with Ryan Meisel’s Holiday Jazz Quartet. January will bring a dynamic group from Chicago—the Claudettes—with a unique soulful rock and roll sound rooted in blues. Originally scheduled as a Cabaret in Pike’s Peak, they will perform in the theater to accommodate more seats with social distancing. Also moved to the theater, will be the Hartford Players annual fundraiser for the Schauer Center, Comicality, a musical revue of great talent and humor. All shows provide a wonderful way to take a break from the demands of the times and treat yourself, your family and friends to the live entertainment we have all missed.
Schauer School of the Arts dance classes are now offered on site and virtually. Students can attend in limited capacity class on site or participate virtually from home in the live class. Youth art workshops on site are back beginning in November with Holiday themed projects. For adults, the always popular Wine and Art sessions continue in November and December. These activities are also done with limited capacity, distancing and masks required to be worn.
Months of no performances, canceled events and limited classes have been a challenge for the Schauer Center. Our “Raise the Curtain” campaign continues. We appreciate all those who have already donated. Please consider supporting the Schauer Center with a year-end contribution. Under the Corona Virus stimulus bill, taxpayers can claim up to $300 in cash contributions to charity as a deduction without itemizing. And as always, taxpayers age 70½ (age 72 if you were born in 1950 or later) and over may donate up to $100,000 each year from their IRA to charity. This donation can include the RMD amount. Donating the RMD money (or more) to charity keeps it out of your taxable adjusted gross income. Giving money from your IRA to charity is called a Qualified Charitable Donation, or QCD.
If you have questions about safety precautions, shows, classes or making a donation, please call us. The box office and office are currently Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm. At other times, leave a message and we will return the call within 2 business days. We hope to see you soon!
Whether we see you this month or next month or next season, we will be here and happy to welcome you back. Until then, please be safe, be healthy, be happy.