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FAST weighing options for upcoming season

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Festival Antigonish Summer Theatre announced its 2020 summer season in January; now it is considering its options in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.

A public decision regarding the season is expected to be announced by the end of April. Questions that are being considered include all available options for form, scale, content, and delivery method.

Festival Antigonish is the largest professional theatre company in northeastern Nova Scotia, responsible for close to $400,000 in cultural sector wages. As a non-profit organization, government funding makes up just 20 per cent of its budget so FAST relies on a combination of earned revenue (box office, concessions, ads) and contributed revenue (sponsorships and fundraising) for the remaining budget portion.

“The stakes are high for whatever our decision might end up being,” says board chair Joseph Khoury. “At stake is not just the livelihood of our artists but also the long-term viability of our company, and we believe that it’s important to take the necessary time and not rush into a plan. We also want to ensure that we are doing right by our community which has supported us through thick and thin, and which relies on us to provide meaningful theatre and quality entertainment.”