After 18 months and millions in lost revenue, the Guthrie Theater will reopen next week – WCCO
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – The curtain will rise again soon at a renowned Minnesota theater. Backstage performances have been waiting at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis for 18 months, and it has cost him an estimated $ 28 million in lost revenue.
Whether it’s the soul of Ma Rainey or the salty taste of Scrooge, the Guthrie Theater is where audiences watch, listen and imagine. However, even the playwrights couldn’t have predicted the story that unfolded over the past year and a half.
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James Haskins, general manager of the theater, said it had been 18 long months. When the pandemic hit, the theater had to turn off the lights and close, resulting in significant financial losses.
“It’s about $ 28 million in revenue that we have lost,” he said.
A loan from the Paycheck Protection Program helped for a while, but the Guthrie eventually had to lay off nearly 80% of its staff. Haskins says the process was painful for everyone in the organization.
Despite the pain, some donors remained loyal and the theater received $ 7 million in federal support.
“It was really the lifeline to get us to this point that we are now able to rebuild,” Haskins said.
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Still, more help is needed.
“The income generated will always be greatly appreciated, but what I would love to do is just get people back inside the theater. People buy tickets and get together.
The hope is that customers and money will start returning to the theater on September 30 for the first show in a year and a half.
Haskins says whenever customers feel ready, the theater will be there to welcome them.
“We can get them through our doors and thank them for that… what they’ve done to help keep the theater afloat during the most difficult times any of us will experience, knocking on wood,” Haskins said. .
The first show will be “What the Constitution Means to Me” which will take place next month. Then “A Christmas Carol” will be back.
Masks and proof of a COVID-19 test or vaccination will be required.
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