The Sid Williams Theatre addressed the following announcement in a posting on its website Thursday evening, in response to the government-imposed ban on large gatherings, announced Thursday afternoon:
“As of Thursday afternoon, the BC government placed a ban on all events with more than 250 people.
Our box office will be contacting all ticket buyers directly with updates for any cancelled events.
We have a unique challenge with events at the Sid Williams Theatre as the majority are put on by rental clients.
We are working with our rental clients and performers on a course of action for events with less than 250 people. Decisions regarding cancellations are ultimately made by the event organizers unless local and provincial governments mandate otherwise.
For events that may continue with less than 250 people, we are suspending our 50/50 fundraising and lounge service, except for the sale of bottled water at coat check, until further notice.
We’ve taken steps to increase venue cleaning and frequency in communication with our local health authority and our staff are following safe work procedures regarding personal hygiene practices.
We continue to monitor the situation closely and will provide updates as necessary.
As of Friday, March 13, the following shows have been cancelled:
March 13 – Pantuso Dance’s Shine
March 14 – The Arrogant Worms
March 19 – 22 – Mamma Mia!
March 24 – iLumiDance
March 26 – A Night of Bowie
March 28 – Chris Funk – The Wonderist
March 29 – Family Film: Fantastic Mr. Fox
April 19 – Kalabante: Afrique En Cirque
April 20 – Dan Mangan
April 28 – Sarah Harmer
May 2 – The Joe Cocker Experience
“Even though all these events are being postponed, we will be refunding ticket buyers so that they have the choice whether to repurchase once a new date has been announced,” explained Sid Williams marketing and development co-ordinator Tara Murphy, in an email statement. “For the time being, we’ve suspended online sales of all events until April 30. We will not be going on sale with any new events until April 1. We are also closing our box office to in-person traffic until further notice. We will be available by phone or email during normal box office hours of 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.”