April 3, 2018 > Letter to the Editor: Our devoted patrons,
Letter to the Editor: Our devoted patrons,
The last 21 years have been an amazing journey for us. We have experienced so much joy and love from owning Broadway West. We believe the environment we have created has become a special place to experience theatre from both sides of the stage. We are so proud of all our productions and feel our commitment to quality has never wavered. As much as we would love for it to go on forever, our wonderful voyage will have to come to an end this year.
As some of you may know, our rent went up substantially a couple of years ago. At the time, we didnÕt know how we were going to make ends meet, but we kept persisting; we didnÕt have the heart to give up, but it put quite a strain on our personal finances. In October 2017, the rent unexpectedly went up again. Had we known this was going to occur, we would have taken action sooner and decided not to renew season tickets for 2018. Unfortunately, the latest increase has put us in too poor of a financial state to continue on, so it is with heavy hearts that we must announce the need to close the theatre. Please know that this decision to close our beloved theatre is two-fold. We have also taken our age into consideration. We have found that in the last couple of years, it has become more difficult for us to keep up with the rigors needed to run a theatre and serve up the quality that our wonderful patrons deserve. This factor, along with the financial situation, has cemented our decision to close our doors this June.
There is good news on the horizon, however! A wonderful group from Fremont, Made Up Theatre ( www.madeuptheatre.com ), will continue the theatre tradition in our place. They have been performing in Fremont since 2010 and are such an amazing and talented group! Made Up Theatre specializes in improvisational theatre and are planning to include full-length plays in their line-up. They perform every weekend and offer classes during the week. We are so pleased and relieved that they will continue to provide Fremont with quality theatre. What is especially wonderful is that they will be honoring all our season ticket holders for the rest of 2018, obviously with the hope that you will love them as much as we do and continue to attend in the upcoming years.
Our final show for the year will run from May 11th through June 9th this summer.
In anticipation of additional questions that you may have for us as a result of this announcement, the FAQ at http://www.broadwaywest.org/faq/ is to help provide you with the answers to your questions. Please take a moment to review the FAQ and if you still have any outstanding questions, feel free to reach out to us when we see you at one of our upcoming shows.
This decision has been an extremely hard one for us. Broadway West has been a major part of our lives for over two decades and we will miss it every day. Your continued support has been the reason we have been able to sustain it for as long as we have. Please know how much we appreciate you.
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts,
Paula and Mary