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Zoom Show by Stayin Alive Productions

Join the Art Center for the airing of an original production by Stayin Alive Productions

The projected air date is July 14, 2020 of the original zoom production of Dash in the Middle by P Erhardt

Director-Pat Erhardt.  Four strangers meet in the heavens waiting room and must see if they qualify.

Sam- Mike O’Grady

Olivia – Katherine Godman

Ursula- Laura Hutt

Larry – Jeff Hutt

The Voice – Pat Erhardt

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Dear Members and Patrons

I want to update you on the status of the Art Center as we deal with the Coronavirus pandemic.

As you know, out of an abundance of caution and in compliance with recommendations of public health officials, we canceled the last two plays of the season and the summer musical. This decision had a financial impact in excess of $76,000 due to lost ticket sales and the need to make refunds for tickets already sold. Part of this loss offset by the generosity of many of our theater patrons who donated the price of their tickets back to the Art Center. Thank you for your generosity and support for the Art Center.

Also, we deeply appreciate the confidence in our organization shown by those patrons who have contributed during this very trying time.

As a non-profit organization owned and operated by members, we do not receive government funding. Our primary source of income is the sale of theater tickets. We also receive some income from contributions and membership dues. When we are not presenting theater productions, we lose most of our income but our ongoing expenses for maintaining the two buildings on the campus continue. These include electricity, water and sewer, telephone and cable, necessary maintenance, insurance and the other costs of an ongoing business.

We also have a mortgage that was incurred when we built the theater. We had paid it down over the years and it is scheduled to be completely paid in a little over a year. We appreciate that our banker has worked with on temporary deferral of payments.

Currently, we are operating almost totally on our financial reserves, which we are fortunate to have due to prudent stewardship over many years. With a set built and a play ready for production, our current schedule is to resume theatre productions in September. In addition, we may do special productions if possible before then. We will continue to keep you updated on our status and plans. We are soliciting special donations to extend our reserves during this time the theater is dark, and we want to give recognition to those who donate. If you have already donated, thank you. If you have not donated and would like your name listed on the plaque as a supporter of the Art Center during this challenging period, mail contributions to P.O. Box 516, Hernando, Fl 34442, or click on the “Donate” button on the front page of our website at artcenterofcitruscounty.org.

Again, thank you for your patronage and support of your Art Center.

Mac Harris on behalf of the Executive Board

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Update on the Schedule of Art Center Theatre Performances

April 3, 2020

Dear Art Center Theatre patron,

I want to give you an update on the schedule of Art Center Theatre performances.

In March, we responded to the then-current guidance from health officials by postponing the play scheduled to open March 20 and rescheduling it to open May 1. The play that had originally been scheduled to open May 1, “The Last of the Red Hot Lovers,” was moved to next season.

However, since then the situation has changed, including the most recent stay at home directive from the State of Florida that is in effect until April 30. Under these circumstances, we cannot open a play on May 1, and rehearsals for the July summer musical cannot be held.

In response, we have canceled both “Will You Still Love Me in the Morning” that was scheduled to open May 1 and the summer musical “Once Upon a Mattress” that was scheduled to open July 17.

Anyone holding a ticket to the cancelled play will have the option of applying the value of that ticket to next year’s season ticket, receiving a ticket to a future play, receiving a cash refund, or donating the value of the ticket to the Art Center.

I want to thank you for your patronage and support of the theater. As a small, volunteer non- profit we do not receive any federal, state or local government operating funds. We fund the vast majority of what it costs to own and operate the Art Center with proceeds from ticket sales, so your purchase of theater tickets makes ongoing operating of the Art Center and theater possible.

Finally, I want to thank you for understanding that while we do not like to cancel events, our first obligation to you as a patron and to our volunteers is to provide a safe environment in which to enjoy the arts and live theater. We will continue to be guided by this principle going forward, and working together we can come through this crisis and resume putting quality productions on the stage.

Mac Harris, president

On behalf of the Executive Board

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Dear Ticket Holders and Patrons of the Art Center of Citrus County

We are all going through challenging times and face an uncertainty of what lies ahead.  All performances of “Will You Still Love Me in The Morning” have been postponed. I want to thank everyone for their patience while we try to contact ticket holders.

If you have not heard from us, we ask that you call the box office or email and leave a message as to whether you would like to exchange your tickets for a credit to be used towards the next season pass, request a gift certificate for future use, ask for refund or donate your ticket value back to the theatre as a charitable contribution.

Our email is: artcenterofcitruscounty@gmail.com  Or you can call the Box Office 746-7606, leave a short message with your first & last name, phone number and which option you would prefer. Someone will respond as soon as possible to confirm.

I would like to thank everyone so far who has donated their tickets back to the Art Center Theatre, it is uplifting to see such support from the community. 
Please, follow updates on our website (artcenterofcitruscounty.org), and Facebook page. Thank you for your patience and support through these trying times. Please stay safe, God bless and hope to see you soon.

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Postponement of Activities at the Art Center

Out of an abundance of caution and to protect our patrons and volunteers, the Art Center and the Chamber of Commerce have agreed to postpone the mixer scheduled for March 19. We are also postponing opening “Will You Still Love Me in the Morning” which was scheduled to open March 20 for a three weekend run. The upcoming art exhibition will be postponed until a new date is set for opening “Will You Still Love Me in the Morning” and the exhibit on display will remain on display until then.  We will continue to follow guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state and local health officials in setting future schedules for opening the play and for other activities at the Art Center.

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Art Center Theatre Local Art News Paintings

The Music Man Theatre Gallery Artist Velukutty Balakrishnan MD

Velukutty was born in the Indian state of Kerala which has been described as the ‘ Gods Own Country’ by the visitors. He moved to the U S A in 1975 and has been living in Citrus County for the past 34 years.

He is a self taught artist. He used to draw from a very young age. Velukutty took up oil painting seriously after his retirement as a physician. He has been trying to paint almost every day for the past 4 years. Painting is very relaxing, fulfilling and liberating affair for him.

He loves to paint the rolling waves with the splatter when it meets the rock in the evening light. Many mornings he is intrigued with the fleeting colors of the morning light over the clouds. He wants to paint it, but not always successful. He loves the fall colors, the mountain streams, the small waterfalls, and wants to paint the ripples of the waves which breaks up the reflections of the nature above.

He wants to bring a sense of reality in a convincing way in his creations. When he takes up the brush he is in a different world. “Not all of my work turns out to be acceptable.”

“I am still a student. There is lot of ground I have to cover in the field of art. My style is still evolving. I want to create visual poetry which appeals to the emotions rather than the intellect.”

Velukutty Balakrishnan MD
vbk1948@hotmail.com