Red Barn Blog
March 17, 2020
The Show Must Go On
“The show must go on” is a traditional showbiz motto with which everyone is familiar. Over the years at the Red Barn Summer Theatre the show has frequently “gone on” under very discouraging circumstances including floods, storms, power outages and hospitalized actors.
The company once performed an entire show for a family of four from out-of-town who didn’t get word that a terrible storm had cancelled the performance.
When the power went out during a show, crew members lined the aisles with flashlights to allow the actors to complete the performance. Replacement actors have learned parts overnight when illness or unfortunate events made the original actors unavailable.
We know that many of you out there could provide stories about performing in or witnessing extraordinary performances that were inspired by that old saying, “the show must go on.” But we all know that, in reality, the show doesn’t always “go on.” What that old proverb really means is that a theatrical company does everything they can to try to stage a show, even when it seems impossible, right up to the last minute.
We’re not medical professionals here at the Barn, so other than the recommendations we’ve all been hearing—wash your hands, cover a cough, keep an appropriate social distance—we have nothing to add or recommend. We obviously don’t know more than anyone else what the future holds.But we can tell you what we’re going to try our best to do.
We’re determined to remain calm in the face of uncertainty. We’re listening to the medical experts and doing our best to comply. We’re going to be kind to our neighbors and be patient with strangers. We’re going to stay informed, but not fixate on the news twenty-four/seven. We’re going to spend time with our families, break out the board games and maybe do some much-needed Spring cleaning. We are not going to hoard Charmin or Purell. And we’re going to patronize our local businesses who may need our support at this time.
At the Red Barn we are going to continue to work and plan for the 2020 season. We’ve designed and are preparing to mail the ticket brochure. We’re nearly ready to premiere our new website and on-line ticketing service. We’re casting new actors and we’re bringing back veterans. We’re planning special events for our patrons. We’re trimming shrubs, pulling weeds, picking up downed branches and working to keep the Red Barn the beautiful country setting it’s always been.
Even though we can’t predict the future, we will be working to prepare the Barn for our audience—both old and new—when summer arrives. “The show must go on,” means we will not be discouraged and will do everything in our power to be ready to serve our patrons when the time comes.