The Mansfield Playhouse, building on it's legacy as Ohio's second oldest continuously-producing community theatre, provides a variety of affordable theatrical experiences on both sides of the curtain. We are dedicated to achieving the highest quality in all we do, enriching and educating our audiences and volunteers, and reaching beyond the walls of the Playhouse to embrace all elements of our community.
Much like our county, our state, our nation, our world, The Playhouse has been impacted by the onset of the Corona Virus.
Not all outcomes are negative, in fact we have seen an amazing show of support for our theater, our volunteers, our programs and our mission. The spring edition of Richland Gives brought in much needed funding to assist us in covering our utilities and overhead expenses during the initial shut-down back in March. This allowed us to reopen when the shut-down was lifted.
Thanks to the creative genius of our Theater Manager, along with countless hours of volunteer work from numerous friends of The Playhouse we were able to introduce our Playhouse Pals to the community as a way of supplementing the lost ticket sales encountered when we were directed to allow no more than 15% house fill for our productions. We also successfully applied for a variance to that order and increased our allowable ticket sales to 30%.
The Playhouse has produced two live productions since we opened for the 2020-2021 season and rehearsals are under way for our Christmas production “A Christmas Story” which is set to open (in strict accordance to the state mandates) December 4th.
So, there are a LOT of great things still happening at 95 East Third Street.
Sadly, the negative setbacks cannot be ignored.
The Playhouse has worked for numerous years assisting NAMI and local law enforcement agencies with their Crisis Intervention Training (C.I.T.) which enables officers to engage in and learn from staged encounters with non-typical citizens. Because of the “hands on” nature of this clinic the training at The Playhouse has been postponed until the pandemic is more controlled.
The generous donations and sponsorships we receive from local patrons and businesses, along with our box office ticket sales generate our operating funds. Our decreased seating availability, along with our reduced number of productions is creating a financial challenge that we are striving to balance. We feel it is vital to offer to our community an environment that allows people to relax and “escape” for a few hours from the day to day struggles they are faced with while this virus rages.
We are so grateful to The Richland County Foundation for teaming up with MightyCause and offering the Richland Gives - Day of Giving event to local non-profits. We have been blessed with active participation from the community during past events and now, more than ever, we are appreciative of the opportunity to generate additional funds for our organization. The smallest gift can assist us with utility, insurance and payroll expenses.