COVID-19 - Geordie Theatre

COVID-19 Statement & Updates

Dear Geordie Family,

Over the past few weeks our community abroad and here at home have been grappling with the evolving information surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on everyday life, how we work, and our households. Here at Geordie, we are committed to ensuring the safety of everyone who works with us, trains with us, or shares in the stories we present. We are a company that serves a multi-generational audience of imaginative people who care about the world around them and who inspire us every day to create and present stories that are enchanting and important to them. The welfare of our audience that is made up of many different ages, backgrounds and experiences is so imperative to us.

It is because of that that we have made the very difficult decision to end our 39 th season. The schools and families with whom we work with everyday are the core of everything we do, and we will do everything we can to ensure their safety. Our staff, our artists and our teachers are no different. They too have families to care and provide for, and their wellbeing allows the world of Geordie to operate and be able to give back. They work tirelessly to provide culture and entertainment to the young and young at heart, and during these complex times we offer our solidarity, strength and courage to all.

To that end, the following is a list of the programming and events that have been affected:

  • The remaining 2Play touring shows The Water Chronicles and Fear of Missing Out are cancelled.
  • The Mainstage Production Virginia Wolf is postponed.
  • All Geordie Theatre School classes and workshops are cancelled until further notice.
  • The 40 th anniversary Gin-tasting fundraiser is postponed.

Throughout the season, Geordie will remain responsive to your concerns or questions regarding this decision. We want nothing but to work with our audience and supporters to ensure a smooth and triumphant transition back when the dust has settled. In the meantime, the Geordie staff will be working remotely until we return to the office on April 6th . We are still very available by email.

For those of you who purchased tickets for any of these events we humbly ask you to consider using your purchase as a credit for our next season, which we will be announcing in May. Alternatively, we can turn your ticket purchase into a tax receiptable donation, or offer reimbursement. Please email Jennifer at boxoffice@geordie.ca with any questions you may have, or to discuss how you would like to move forward.

Our arts sector is hurting, but it will bounce back. Now is a time for us all to be informed and prepared, to feel safe and protected, and for us all to be kind to ourselves and to our neighbours. We will get through this, and we are optimistic that when we do, we will be able to do so with a community that is collectively stronger, safer and more vibrant than ever.

- Mike Payette, Artistic and Executive Director

For further information on government resources and support, please feel free to visit the links below our FAQs:

Geordie Theatre FAQ

1Is the Geordie Theatre office still open?
The Geordie office is closed. However, the whole team is working remotely from home.
2How can I contact Geordie while the office is closed?
For general inquiries, please email Violette at info@geordie.ca, or contact Jennifer at boxoffice@geordie.ca for questions regarding tickets and donations.
3How can I support Geordie during this time?
This is a difficult time for arts and culture worldwide, and we are already feeling tremendous support from our patrons and supporters asking us how they can help. If you would like to donate to Geordie Theatre, click here. We are so lucky to have such a supportive community and are proud to call each and everyone one of you part of the Geordie family.
4What happens if I had tickets for the current Season?
For those who purchased tickets to Virginia Wolf or our Gin Tasting Fundraiser, there are a few options for dealing with your tickets. There are credit and reimbursement options, or if you are able, you can turn your ticket purchase into a donation. For more information, contact Jennifer at boxoffice@geordie.ca.
5Will GTS Classes continue while schools are closed?
Yes! We have worked together with our awesome teachers in order to offer GTS Classes online for the remainder of the session. If your child is currently registered for GTS Classes, contact the School Director Jessica at jessica@geordie.ca for more information.
6With the season cancelled, what is the Geordie team currently working on?
We have been contacting patrons in order to convert tickets and have started GTS Online, a fun way to spread creativity, play and laughter to kids and their families. In addition to continuing this session’s GTS Classes online, we have teamed up with some of Geordie’s fabulous teachers to have Public Play Dates, Kid Reviews, and Weekly #GeordieAtHome Challenges! We were sad to have to cancel our current season, but very excited about these online initiatives. While you all play together online, we will be working hard to ensure our 40th Season in 2020-21 is a fun-filled phenomenal success!
7What are the Public Play Dates?
GTS Play Dates are 60 minutes of interactive theatre games led by one of our GTS Teachers. They are offered for ages 6 to 9 and 10 to 12, and anyone can participate regardless of whether you are a GTS Student or not! Sign up in advance to reserve a spot and get the invitation link by emailing Jessica at jessica@geordie.ca. And the best thing: It is completely free!
8How can I participate in the Weekly Challenges?
Make sure you are following @GeordieTheatre on Facebook and Instagram and check in every Friday when we post a video challenge to our pages. One of our talented GTS Teachers will describe the challenge and show you how it’s done, then it’s up to you! Complete the challenge and post your response online using #GeordieAtHome and tagging @GeordieTheatre. Make sure your post is public so we can all see it and get as much of your family involved as you can – the more the merrier! Then, just keep an eye on our social media to see if we repost your video!
9How will the pandemic affect next season? Is Geordie still working on producing shows for next season?
Geordie will continue to prioritize the health and safety of our staff, teachers, artists, and patrons moving into our 40th Season. We hope to see everyone back at the theatre soon but remain vigilant in listening to the recommendations of public health authorities and cautious of the risks that may remain.

2Play Tour FAQ

1Will the 2Play Tour be operating next season? When will information about the 2020-2021 Tour be released?
Absolutely! Geordie is planning to launch plans for its renowned 2Play Tour next season at the end of May. Our tour is planned to operate from September to April as usual. If you have more questions, please contact schools@geordie.ca to get in touch with Kieran Dunch, our Schools Liaison.
2What precautions are you going to be taking while visiting schools?
Geordie Theatre will continue to follow the guidelines set out by public health authorities as they appear, and we are preparing several different methods to bring our content to you this year. From new sanitation protocols for our sets and actors, to digital and live-streaming options, we are getting ready to adapt to new situations as soon as they develop.