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Theatre To Go in the Summer of Germs

I hope you and your family are happy, safe and staying well!

We are jumping into virtual programming with both feet this summer. We are going to film our two summer shows (Greek and Sherlock, the description of shows link here) and craft them to maximize audience interaction through the digital medium. We’ll then make them available by streaming this summer. 

This is how it will work:

We will give each branch librarian a digital key, which can be used either to have a gathering and watch the show together, or to give out to audience members so they can watch the show from home. This key will allow unlimited access for the period of a week, so that all of your kids/families would have the time and ability to see the show.  Branch librarians would decide whom to give the key to, and the key can be emailed out to as many children and families as they would like. 

The cost will be far less than what we would charge for an in-person show: $150.00 per branch. A group of 15 or more branches in a single system get 10% off, making keys $135.00 each. Each key allows unlimited access for one show for the period of one week, from Sunday to Sunday.

Each branch librarian can choose the week they’d like, and they will get that key as soon as they book so they have plenty of time to send it out to their patrons. (Some librarians are having ZOOM meetings with their SRP group and streaming the show by sharing their screen. This keeps the kids on the schedule they have become accustomed to, and allows for some community sharing in a safe, socially distanced way. Ask me more about this if you are interested.)

The two caveats are:

- No public publishing of the key. The key (password) must be sent by email, snail mail, or flyer and not published on a FB page or website. It is fine to put a contact email address on FB and/or website for your patrons to send an email to ask for the key, and then you can reply to them and send it. We know that FB and websites are important ways for you to get the word out.

- The second is that we ask librarians to send out the "instructions and promise letter" that we will provide for you asking each recipient 1) not to record the show, 2) not to publish their key, and 3) not to give their key to others. It’s a grand experiment. We will be filming, editing and producing the shows in May, and we will be starting our virtual season on May 31st . Contact us for a sample contract and instructions showing you how it works, where you can view a test video.

I hope that this answers most of your questions! And we need to get the word out, so please forward this email to anyone else you think might be interested. We look forward to hearing from you.

Thank you;

KB Mercer

Managing Director

800 936 4723

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