It is with a heavy heart that Ixion's board of directors announces that the remainder of our 2019-20 season has been cancelled.
We look forward to resuming for the 2020-21 season. Watch for the season announcement.
Lebowsky Center in Owosso:
The coronavirus (COVID-19) has tested the very foundations of our faith, our economy, and even our community. The Lebowsky Center for Performing Arts knows that now is a very stressful time for many members of our community, and we are looking ahead to identify ways that our community can come back together to regain a sense of togetherness and normalcy – but only when it is smart and safe to do so.
Our Board and Staff have been working diligently to restructure our current season. To that end, we are looking at alternative performance dates for Face to Face – Elton John/Billy Joel Tribute and Five Women Wearing the Same Dress. However, we do not want to release new performance dates until it is prudent to do so. We have also made the difficult decision to cancel The Producers. The Lebowsky Center for Performing Arts relies on more than 300 volunteers to run our performances; and we want to make sure that everyone in our community is willing and available, when the time is right, to come together to produce the caliber of show we are known for.
Even so, our patrons have the opportunity to request a refund without any questions asked; but you also have the opportunity to donate your tickets back as a tax deductible donation. As it stands now, Lebowsky Center could lose nearly $70,000 in ticket sales.
3 WAYS YOU CAN HELP RIGHT NOW
1. KEEP YOUR TICKETS or DONATE THEM
We have been processing refunds since mid March. This is our largest source of concern at this time. Please, consider keeping your tickets to rescheduled shows or donating your tickets back. We intend to honor all current ticket holders with new dates to the shows they have chosen.
To donate the value of your tickets, you do not need to do anything. After the date of the performance has passed, we will process non-refunded tickets as donations.
If you would still like a refund, we ask that you complete the following form, and we will follow-up with you as soon as we are able. The current demand on the Box Office is overwhelming. Click here to request an account credit or refund
2. DON’T WAIT TO RENEW
In April and May, we rely on memberships and season Flex Pass sales to cover facility operating costs during the summer months. This year, it is more crucial than ever to have that support as early as possible.
Join or Renew you Membership
We promise an incredible 2020-2021 season, but we urge current season ticket holders to renew their Flex Passes as soon as our new season is announced. Please don’t wait. Watch for more details coming soon.
3. DONATE WHAT YOU CAN
We know everyone is facing the uncertainty of the COVID-19 situation, but every little bit helps. Please consider a direct donation to The Lebowsky Center for Performing Arts today to support our mission.
The recently passed stimulus bill allows for a one-time, above-the-line deduction for cash contributions of up to $300 made to certain qualifying charities. All taxpayers would be eligible to take the deduction, even people who use the standard deduction. The incentive applies to contributions made in 2020 and would be claimed on tax forms next year. The new deduction would not apply to noncash gifts or to gifts contributed to donor-advised funds.
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MSU’s Summer Circle Theatre Season Postponed Until 2021, Online Activities Offered This Summer
The Michigan State University Department of Theatre’s 2020 Summer Circle Theatre (SCT) season has been postponed. The entire season will move to June 2021, but the Department of Theatre will offer some online activities for all to enjoy remotely this summer. This decision comes as a result of the announcement made by MSU President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., M.D., to continue virtual-only courses for the summer session in response to the COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) pandemic.
Since 1960, the MSU Department of Theatre has heralded the unofficial start of summer with its Summer Circle Theatre program, which presents free, accessible theatre using the talents of MSU students and faculty, professional artists, and community members. Department of Theatre Chairperson Kirk Domer, SCT Artistic Director Rob Roznowski and the SCT Artistic Associates shared the news on April 3 with the undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty slated to work on the 60th season.
The decision to move the entire season to summer 2021, however, brings with it some positive news. Directors, actors, shop employees, stage managers, all will be offered the same roles next year if their schedules permit, including all graduating seniors and graduate students. Designers will complete their design process remotely this year and all designs for sets, costumes, props, light, and sound will be built or implemented in 2021. When complete, design renderings will be posted to each show’s webpage.
For stalwart fans of the annual festival, now in its 60th year, there still will be opportunities to enjoy some summer theatre fun, albeit remotely. The cast of “6”will record a reading of the script to be viewed from home. This kid-friendly show is a brand new, original script written by MSU Theatre students Brandon Drap, Taylor McPhail, and Mary Claire Zauel and MSU Head of Acting and Directing Rob Roznowski. In this body-switching comedy, which was written to celebrate Summer Circle Theatre’s 60th birthday, 6-year-old Georgina and her 66-year-old grandfather George become unexpected best friends.
The SCT Kids Camp https://theatre.msu.edu/sct-kids/ a free summer camp for 1st through 6th grade students, also will release camp curriculum and activities developed by Director Ann Folino White for families to experience from home. The summer camp faculty and staff have been encouraged to create a video of a game or activity for families to access from the Summer Circle Theatre website. Audiences are encouraged to follow the Department of Theatre’s Facebook https://www.facebook.com/MI.State.Theatre/, Instagram https://www.instagram.com/msu_theatre/ or Twitter https://twitter.com/MI_StateTheatre feeds to receive alerts of all the SCT videos as they become available. In continuing with the 60-year tradition, all content will be free and open to the public.
See you at the circle!