April 15

Dear Wheelock Family Theatre Community,

In order to best protect our community and artists during this time, it is with a heavy heart that we write to announce that Wheelock Family Theatre at Boston University has made the difficult decision to postpone our remaining 39th season performances of The Little Prince and Bud, Not Buddy. We remain committed to telling these vital stories, and are actively searching for an opportunity to produce Bud, Not Buddy and The Little Prince in one of our upcoming seasons. These shows will go on!

To quote, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, the author of The Little Prince

“It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.”

We appreciate that the main purposes of art during difficult times are to provide joy, community, and all that is essential from the heart. Let’s continue to be inspired at home by Bud, Not Buddy’s themes of strength, perseverance and family, and The Little Prince’s themes of imagination, exploration and curiosity.

In order to best practice social distancing, Wheelock Family Theatre staff members have transitioned to remote working. Due to this, staff members will be directly in touch with ticket holders via email at WFTTix@bu.edu.

Subscribers

Subscribers are truly the backbone of our programming. We not only value your commitment and dedication to our seasons, but also deeply appreciate your role in creating the Wheelock Family Theatre community.

Wheelock Family Theatre is a non-profit organization. If you would like to support Wheelock Family Theatre at this time, you are able to turn the remaining value of your subscription into a tax-deductible donation. Please know that any donation greatly helps support programming and artists at Wheelock Family Theatre during this difficult time.

You will have the option to:

  • Receive a credit for your remaining subscriber tickets to our 2020/2021, 40th anniversary season
  • Turn the value of your tickets into a charitable donation
Single Ticket Holders

Wheelock Family Theatre is a non-profit organization. If you would like to support Wheelock Family Theatre at this time, you are able to turn the value of your ticket into a tax-deductible donation. Please know that any donation greatly helps support programming and artists at Wheelock Family Theatre during this difficult time.

You will have the option to:

  • Exchange your tickets for another performance in our 2020-2021 40th anniversary season
  • Turn the value of your tickets into a charitable donation
  • Receive a refund for your ticket
Educators (Student Matinees)

We appreciate your choosing to bring your students to the theatre and examine these stories in your classrooms. All schools that committed to a student matinee performance of The Little Prince or Bud, Not Buddy will enjoy a period of priority booking for that production as soon as the new dates are announced. If your school pre-paid for your group tickets, you may either apply this payment to a future student matinee performance, or email Wftgroup@bu.edu to request a full refund.

At this time, all educational learning previously begun will continue remotely, including our Winter Classes and our Teen Performance Ensemble’s production of The Drowsy Chaperone. We hope you will be able to support our Teen Ensemble in the spring for their virtual production as they embark on creating theater in this new, ever-changing environment.

With regard to programming that has yet to launch, President Brown and Provost Morrison announced the difficult decision to cancel all in person programming through August 15th. This means that our full Summer Program is canceled, including the week of August 17 “Under the Big Top.” Families registered for the summer will be contacted directly and will receive a full refund. While we are deeply saddened to not be together in person this summer, we hope to find creative ways to stay connected as a community.

We are still here for you. During this time we are apart we will be a resource to children and families and reach out throughout this spring and summer to share ways to encourage children to laugh, sing, dance, create, communicate, use their imaginations, and play!

To quote Christopher Paul Curtis, the author of Bud, Not Buddy –

“A bud is a flower-to-be. Waiting for just the right care and warmth to open up. It’s a little fist of love waiting to unfold and be seen by the world.”

For now, we send each and every one of you a bud of love until we can meet again in a theatre full of roses. We wish you all the health and wellness of the universe from the safety of your own homes—that feeling of home is what Bud and the Little Prince go searching for, after all.

Questions, concerns or comments? Please reach out directly to our staff at WFTtix@bu.edu or WFTed@bu.edu.

Stay safe, be well,

The Wheelock Family Theatre Team

Emily Ranii, Jeri Hammond, Keith Orr, Nick Vargas, Jamie Aznive & Jenna Corcoran

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Previous Updates

March 13

Dear Wheelock Family Theatre Community,

We, alongside you, have been following the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus). As the health and well-being of our community is our top priority, we are postponing our upcoming production of The Little Prince and cancelling all spring Education programs through the end of April.

We continue to monitor the ongoing developments of COVID-19. We are currently planning to move forward with our production of Bud, Not Buddy and will work with any patron whose plans have changed due to COVID-19 to exchange or refund tickets.

Currently, there have not been any reported cases of COVID-19 within the Wheelock Family Theatre and Boston University communities. However, we find it crucial to join our Boston community members and partake in the preventative measures to limit the spread of COVID-19 and protect the safety of our community. We deeply appreciate our patrons, artists, teachers, and students, who have already committed to our spring programming.

We are aware that any change to programming significantly affects the lives and livelihoods of artists, teachers, students, and parents, particularly at a time when arts organizations and schools across the nation are closing due to COVID-19. If you are in a position to give, please consider donating your ticket or tuition to Wheelock Family Theatre to support artists and teachers or to our Education Scholarship Program to support students and parents during this unprecedented time.

We appreciate that, under normal circumstances, the performing arts offer safe spaces for community members to come together, reflect, and heal. We look forward to offering these shared experiences for all of our families as soon as it is deemed safe to do so. We wish you all health and wellness in the meantime.

If you have registered for an Education Class during March or April Vacation:

Members of our education team will be in touch to provide full refunds and/or work with you to provide a credit for a future program. The education staff can be reached at (617) 353-2994 or at WFTEd@bu.edu

If you have purchased a ticket to The Little Prince, or are a subscriber:

We will follow up shortly with specific run dates. We appreciate your understanding during this time and hope you are able to join us for future performances. The box office can be reached at: (617) 353-3001 or at WFTtix@bu.edu

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