NEW EVENT GUIDELINES

The Ramsdell is currently drafting guidelines for all that interact with the building. Below you will find information on how guidelines affect patrons, volunteers, employees, and the rooms in the building. This page is a working document.

NOTE: YOU MUST HAVE MADE A RESERVATION TO ENTER THE BUILDING (FREE AND TICKETED EVENTS). VISIT OUR TICKETING PAGE.

PEOPLE

Patrons

ENTRANCES: Arrive at the designated area indicated on your ticket and wait for a staff member or volunteer to let you in.

MASKS: Disposable masks are available for patrons to use. Patrons are encouraged to bring their own. Wear them while you walk around in the building.

SOCIAL DISTANCING: Patrons are encouraged to keep 6 feet apart whenever possible.

SICK PATRONS: Stay home until signs of illness are completely gone. If you’re feeling symptoms associated with COVID-19, please stay home and quarantine for at least 10 days.

WIPES AND SANITIZERS: Wipes and Sanitizers will be available for use throughout the building.

RESTROOMS: Restrooms will be designated.

Volunteers

SCREENING: A health screening will be conducted each time we visit the Ramsdell.

MASKS: Required by volunteers while there are guests in the building at all times.

ENTRANCES: Will use the front theatre doors.

SICK VOLUNTEERS: Stay home until signs of illness are completely gone.

Employees

SCREENING: A health screening will be conducted each time we visit the Ramsdell.

MASKS: Required by employees while there are guests in the building at all times.

ENTRANCES: Will use the dedicated 1st street door entrance. Only those with key fob access are allowed to use the 1st street door. The door will remain locked at all times.

SICK EMPLOYEES: Stay home until signs of illness are completely gone.

CLEANING

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ROOMS

Theatre

CAPACITY: Limited to 50 people

TICKETING: Reservations/Tickets must be made online in advance at www.RamsdellTheatre.org

SEATING: Open 30 minutes before the show starts. Events will be general admission. Staff will review ticket purchases and seat requests and assign pods throughout the main floor. We will seat you when you arrive and we will seat front to back. Arrive early if you want to sit closer to the front.

BALCONY AREAS: Both the lower and upper balcony will remain closed until further notice.

SANITIZING: Staff will sanitize seats and high contact areas in between events. Wipes will be available to patrons who wish to wipe their own seats. Hand sanitizer will also be available. Please dispose of wipes in proper receptacles before leaving the building. They will be located in the lobby.

MASKS: Disposable masks will be available to wear at your discretion. We encourage you to bring your own and wear it while in the building. Please dispose of disposable masks in proper receptacles before leaving the building. They will be located in the lobby.

RESTROOMS: We encourage our guests to limit their visits to the restrooms at the Ramsdell. Arrive “show ready.” Use the downstairs restrooms only. Stairs from inside the theatre have direct access. Please wash your hands and use hand sanitizer after visiting.

CONCESSIONS: Closed until further notice.

Hardy Hall

CAPACITY: Limited to 30 people

ENTRANCE: Through Hardy Hall doors. Handicap accessibility through the theatre doors.

NOTIFY US YOU’RE COMING: Art exhibits attendees will be required to register for the day they’d like to visit. You may do so via our ticketing page. Exhibits will be open on Fridays from 12pm – 3pm. When you register for a visit, you will be able to indicate if you need the theatre doors for handicap accessibility.

WHILE IN HARDY HALL: No seating will be available in Hardy Hall.

SANITIZING: Staff will sanitize high contact areas in between events. Hand sanitizer will be available.

MASKS: Disposable masks will be available to visitors. We encourage you to bring your own. Please wear your mask while moving around in the building.

RESTROOMS: They will be designated.

CONCESSIONS: Closed until further notice.

NO ACCESS TO PUBLIC

The following areas will be closed off to the public until further notice:

BASEMENT CLASSROOMS (only available to people taking classes)

BALCONY SEATS IN THE THEATRE

BALLROOM

GREEN ROOM / STAFF BREAKOUT ROOM AREA

WATER FOUNTAINS

BOX SEATS

ELEVATOR (unless you indicate this when you purchase a ticket or register for an event)

JULY – AUGUST PROGRAMS

Talks, Tunes, and Tours (10am-11am in the theatre) – FREE

MAKE YOUR RESERVATIONS HERE

July 7 – Mapping the Universe with Jef Bourgeau

July 14 – The Music of Django Reinhardt with Stephen Plummer

July 21 – The North Country Trail with Joan Young

July 28 – Democracy: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly with Bill Hattendorf

August 4 – Art In Rome with Richard Kooyman

August 11 – Textures and Textiles from Vietnam and Laos with Susan Wild Barnard

August 18 – Easy Entertaining with Shelley Doyen

August 25 – Author of Wendy Carlos: A biography by Dr. Amanda Sewell

Great Art On Screen (2pm-3:30pm in the theatre) $15 each

PURCHASE TICKETS HERE

PACKAGES AVAILABLE (PURCHASE THREE SCREENINGS AND SAVE $5)

July 14 – Frida: Viva La Vida

July 21 – Hermitage. The Power of Art

July 28 – Dinosaurs

August 4 – Wundekammer

August 11 – Leonardo 500

August 18 – Bernini

Art Exhibits

“JOSEPH WORKS” Featuring Phil and Susan Joseph

July 24 – September 25

COVID-19 UPDATES

EVENT RESCHEDULING:

Irish Night rescheduled for March 20, 2021

Cirque Esprit rescheduled for February 4 and 5, 2021

Rush Tribute rescheduled for May 21, 2021

The Insiders: Tom Petty Tribute rescheduled for July 9, 2021

Mercury rescheduled for August 20, 2021

Tribute series ticket holders should fill out this form by June 30, 2020

More details coming…

CANCELED EVENTS:

The Met Opera has officially canceled its 2019 – 2020 season.

Bach and Beethoven Experience canceled.

Ramsdell Theatre Camp

TIMELINE OF EVENTS

Here are the latest steps the Ramsdell Regional Center for the Arts has taken to prevent the spread of the virus:

  • March 12, 2020 – Governor Whitmer recommends canceling events with 100 people or more
    • The RRCA canceled Irish Night (rescheduled date June 6, 2020)
    • The Met Opera cancels operas through March 31, 2020
  • March 13, 2020 – RRCA is considering postponing the following events:
    • March 21, 2020 Bach and Beethoven Experience
    • March 24, 2020 Frida – Great Art on Screen
    • April 2, 2020 Reception for Marh Wahr Exhibit
  • March 15, 2020 – The CDC recommends canceling events with 50 people or more for the next 8 weeks (until May 15, 2020). Events at risk at the Ramsdell:
    • April 11, 2020 Tosca, Met Opera
    • April 16 and 17, 2020, Cirque Esprit, WSCC collaboration
    • May 2, 2020 RRCA fourth annual fundraiser
    • May 9, 2020 Maria Stuarda, Met Opera
  • March 16, 2020 – Governor Whitmer issued an executive order closing many public places including Theaters and other performance venues until 5pm on April 5, 2020.
    • As a result, the RRCA is closed until April 6. Please email Xavier Verna at xverna@ramsdelltheatre.org or Laura Ortiz at lortiz@ramsdelltheatre.org for questions. We will be working remotely.
    • Executive Director sends out letter of gratitude
  • March 19, 2020
    • The Met Opera officially announced the remainder of its 2019-2020 season is canceled
    • The Met Opera offers nightly encores through the end of March.
    • Irish Night has been rescheduled to June 6, 2020
    • The RRCA will be rescheduling the following events with new dates forthcoming:
      • The Bach and Beethoven Experience, presented by Shoreline Music Society (originally March 21, 2020)
      • Cirque Esprit (originally April 16 and 17, 2020)
      • Great Art on Screen March – April 28 will be rescheduled
        • Frida (originally March 24)
        • Leonardo 500 (originally April 7)
        • Hermitage, The Power of Art (originally April 28)
  • March 20, 2020
    • Cirque Esprit rescheduled to February 4 and 5, 2021
  • March 23, 2020 – Executive Order “stay at home” is signed and in effect for three weeks (April 13, 2020)
    • The RRCA postpones all April events
    • The RRCA will remain closed until April 13, 2020.
    • The RRCA has rescheduled Mary Wahr’s reception (April 2) and exhibit run (April 2- May 15) to October 16 – November 15, 2020. The reception is now Saturday, October 24.
    • The RRCA will reschedule the exhibit “A Woman of a Certain Age” led by Lynn Williams, for a TBD date in 2021.
  • April 2, 2020 – Executive Order to cancel schools for the remainder of the 19-20 school years
    • The RRCA cancels the inaugural Ramsdell Theatre Camp from June 15 – 27, 2020
  • April 7, 2020 – Legislature extends state of emergency until end of April
    • Irish Night is rescheduled a second time to March 20, 2020
    • Rush Tribute is rescheduled for August 14, 2020
  • May 22, 2020 – Legislature opens Northern Michigan (limited businesses)
    • Ramsdell Theatre closed through September 30
    • Summer Tribute series rescheduled to 2021
  • June 5, 2020 – Legislature announces the reopening of theatres. Limited to 50 people indoors.
  • July 7, 2020 – Ramsdell Theatre plans to reopen with new guidelines

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