July 29, 2020
Dear Gallery Theater friends and family,
On behalf of the board of directors, I am eager to update you on the latest Gallery news.
First, all shows in our 2020 theater season are officially cancelled, with two exceptions: Novecento, a one-man show directed by Ed Schoaps and starring Lance Nuttman, will grace our Main Stage in 2021, when it is safe to gather again. Proof, directed by Marla Nuttman, plans to open in our 70-seat Arena theater when it is safe to host gatherings in smaller venues. We hope to set opening dates for these shows and others productions in 2021.
In the meantime, Gallery Theater explores various ways to keep our community engaged during these unprecedented times. We’ve hosted Facebook Live Benefit Concerts featuring Valerie Blaha, Marci Ehrhart, Kathleen Van De Veer, and Jamie Corff. Our musical artists created the Quarantine Quabaret, also on Facebook, as a way to connect and entertain. More than two dozen actors are currently preparing one act plays or sketches through Zoom with the idea of sharing them with our theater family. Stylish Gallery merchandise is now available for purchase on our website.
Exciting plans are underway for “Theater in the Courtyard”, which will be held outside our building in our courtyard with Ford Street closed. Set aside these Thursday evenings: August 13 – Quarantine Cabaret Live; August 20 – Actors Showcase: Short Plays & Monologues; and August 27 – The Importance of Being Earnest. The events are free, but donations will be accepted. Keep watch for more details on these opportunities to experience live entertainment while observing all state and county guidelines for gatherings.
We are grateful to generous organizations like the Oregon Community Fund and First Federal who provided us the resources for much-needed repairs to our building and the Oregon State Legislature which awarded a CARES Act grant to assist with our ongoing monthly operating expenses.
Lastly, we appreciate each of you, our Gallery Theater family and friends, who have given sacrificially of your time and resources to keep afloat Yamhill County’s only community theater during the COVID-19 crisis. We’ll continue to need this support in the days ahead so we can prepare for in-person shows on both our Arena and Main Stages. We welcome your donations on our website at www.gallerytheater.org.
President, Board of Directors
May 4, 2020
March 17, 2020
Dear Gallery Family,
These are challenging times in our community. Last night, Gallery Theater’s Board of Directors decided to postpone the opening of Proof and cease rehearsals for Man of La Mancha. Our 2020 season is on hold. The costume shop is closed until further notice.
During the COVID-19 emergency, Gallery Theater will proceed with caution and initiate productions when we feel it is safe to do so. We will comply with all mandates from our city, county and state officials. Please check our website or Facebook page for updates to our season.
If you purchased a ticket for Proof or Man of La Mancha, you have three options: 1) Donate your tickets to the theater – this donation will offset the production costs that have already been incurred and will assist with providing future productions. We will issue a you a tax-deductible receipt and a note of thanks; 2) Request a flex pass for a ticket at a future Gallery show; or 3) Request a refund of your purchase. Our staff is available to help you with whatever option you choose. Please contact them at (503) 472-2227.
Arts are incredibly important to the health and well-being of our community members. Our theater will suffer financially during this crisis when we cannot bring the joy of live theater to our patrons. Would you consider giving an extra gift to Gallery Theater at this time? Your tax-deductible contribution would enable us to be ready to resume full operations once COVID-19 is behind us.
This pandemic has reminded us of how precious the human condition and our sense of community are. We look forward to a time when we can see you at Gallery Theater to explore both.
Serving the theater,
President, Gallery Theater Board of Directors
At Gallery Theater, the safety of our patrons, volunteers and staff is a top priority. We are keeping a close eye on the evolving Coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic, and will be following the protocols recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO), and Oregon Health Authority (OHA) to keep our community safe.
We are taking recommended prevention and response measures, including:
We have implemented prevention measures, including increasing the frequency of our cleaning. We’re disinfecting seat arms, door handles, hand rails and other surfaces daily.
Our bathrooms are well stocked with soap.
We encourage all staff members and volunteers to stay home if they feel unwell.
Our leadership team will continue to actively monitor the recommendations from the CDC, WHO, and OHA and implement best-practices accordingly.
We are offering exchanges: If you don’t feel well enough to come to the theater, we will exchange your tickets for another performance at no additional fee.
Contact us at 503-472-2227 or
We understand that this is a quickly changing situation. As of now, we are “business as usual.” If that changes, we will communicate this to patrons, volunteers and staff as quickly as possible.
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to reach out.
For more information:
The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
The Oregon Health Authority