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Survey Results: Returning to the Theatre

Park Square misses you – its cherished audience – and is eager to gather with you in the theatre again when it is safe. To help us plan for that day, Park Square asked patrons to take a short survey to share their thoughts about returning to live theatre. The survey also asked about virtual performances – during shut down and as a possible “last minute replacement” when life prevents attending an in-person ticketed performance.

Nearly 500 patrons filled out the survey within hours of receiving it and nearly 1,300 total patrons completed the survey. Below are charts breaking down the responses to the questions we asked, and here are a few high level trends we observed:

  • The percentages didn’t change significantly over the two weeks the survey was live; the responses stayed consistent through the survey period.
  • Comments that related to health and safety precautions showed that patrons want to know that if mask wearing is required, the theatre will strictly enforce it.
  • Additionally, there were several questions about Park Square’s HVAC system (which, fortunately, does adhere to the guidelines about fresh air flow recommended by health guidelines).
  • The theatre was overwhelmed by how Park Square patrons filled the comment section with love – you miss being here with the artists you treasure and you want to make sure Park Square stays strong.

While Governor Walz has “turned up the dial” to allow live entertainment venues in Minnesota to open at 25% capacity, filling only 84 seats isn’t economically viable for Park Square. In addition, we are still working with unions and health professionals on the best ways to protect the health and safety of Park Square artists and backstage crews.

Thank you for letting us know how you are feeling at this moment about a return to live indoor theatre. You mean the world to this theatre and while you are terribly missed, we understand that you can only return when you feel it’s right for you.

You are an important part of Park Square’s ongoing process of evaluating when it will be right to return to the stage. Until then – we’ll see you online and outdoors.

Park Square Theatre Audience Survey Results: Returning the Theatre

#1. Once CDC guidelines allow for indoor gatherings of 100-300 people, when do you think you might personally feel comfortable returning to live theatre?

#2. How likely are you to attend live theatre if wearing a mask is required of all patrons and staff (and assuming all other CDC recommended heath and safety protocols are in place at the theatre)? (1 = Not Likely, 5 = Very Likely)

#3. How likely are you to take advantage of online programming for the rest of this year, regardless of live theatre resuming? (1 = Not Likely, 5 = Very Likely)

#4. If you do take advantage of online theatre events this Summer and Fall, what is your preferred day of the week to attend? (You can select more than one)

#5. Once live theatre re-opens, how likely do you think you would be to make use of a virtual performance or recording as a replacement for seeing a show if you had to miss a limited-engagement performance due to weather, illness, change of your personal schedule, etc.?

Survey conducted through surveymonkey.org and distributed through Park Square Theatre’s email and social media channels.
Survey Originated June 11, 2020.
Total Responses as of June 26, 2020: 1277
For more information regarding the survey results, contact Rachel Wandrei, Marketing Director, at wandrei@parksquaretheatre.org.

An update on Park Square’s response to COVID-19 — FOR ALL COMMUNITY MEMBERS

To our Park Square Community,

In the hardest of times, you look to our shared humanity to find new sources of resilience and inspiration. While Park Square is suspending programming to support your health and the safety of the greater community, you are also inspiring innovative ways to continue to fulfill Park Square’s vital mission.

Your health will be protected in line with the latest CDC and Minnesota Department of Health recommendations through the following program changes:

  • The Mysterious Old Radio Listening Society — Jun 15, Jul 20, Aug 17. Online! The Golden age of Radio becomes the Golden Age of Live Stream! Enjoy new recordings by the MORLS cast of lost radio episodes along with live introductions and a post-show discussion. Learn More.
  • Marie and Rosetta — Postponed. This powerful hit musical will be a part of the next season.
  • Holmes and Watson — Postponed. This delightful mystery will now be on stage next summer, from July 9- Aug 15,  2021.
  • Please check back regularly for updates. Ticket holders will be contacted as soon as dates are solidified. Thank you for your understanding.

Past Events:

  • The Diary of Anne Frank. Online through May 24. While this global crisis prevented more than 16,000 students from attending performances of The Diary of Anne Frank and Romeo and Juliet, Park Square is finding new ways to share this powerful and important story. View the special Zoom production of the play at www.parksquaretheatre.org/diaryonline. “The most stirring staging of ‘Anne Frank’ I have ever seen.”Wall Street Journal
  • Spring Mischief Gala — Mar 30. Postponed. Ticket holders will be informed of a later date. Thank you to everyone who participated in the Online Auction!
  • Romeo and Juliet — Apr 4. Cancelled. This classic will return in 2021 and we encourage patrons to see it next season! A film version of the 2015 production is being made available for students.

Your kindness and generosity make Park Square possible. By acting today, you can assure that the theatre thrives during these hard times.

You have these options for your cancelled performances:

  • Donate your tickets — Park Square has already invested in the shows that are postponed or cancelled, including paying local artists through April. You can help offset those costs by turning your ticket into a tax-deductible donation.
  • Exchange your tickets to another performance (we’ll all need a night out when this is over!)
  • Receive credit for the value of your tickets for future use — including the 2020-2021 Season.
  • Receive a refund. Refunds will be processed after the global pandemic has subsided.

Your love of live theatre and your generous support will protect Park Square during this unprecedented time.

Your Park Square artists are with you in spirit. We all look forward to the day when you return to the theatre for a feast of joy, fun, music and mystery. Thank you for your continued trust in and passion for Park Square.

All my best,
Michael-jon Pease
Executive Director

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