May 8, 2020
Dear Maine State Ballet Family Audience,
In accordance with Maine’s CDC recommendations, we have made the heartbreaking decision to cancel the remainder of our performances in our 2019|2020 season, including Beauty and the Beast and Coppélia, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While the impossibility of proceeding with our season is deeply painful, protecting the health and well-being of our Maine State Ballet artists, crew, staff and audience members is paramount.
For Beauty and the Beast patrons, we ask you to please consider one of the following options:
1.) Donate* the ticket amount as a charitable contribution to Maine State Ballet, to help
maintain the health of the company during these challenging times. We will gladly
send you a tax receipt for your donation.
2.) Transfer and receive credit for the value of your ticket(s) into a gift certificate, to be
used for future performances during our 2020|2021 season at Maine State Ballet’s
Lopez Theater. A gift certificate includes a unique code that retains the value and can
be applied to future ticket purchases online.
Please note: the value of your ticket amount cannot be used for purchase of The Nutcracker tickets as the
PortTIX Box Office at Merrill Auditorium handles all of those sales.
3.) Refund your Beauty and the Beast ticket(s) purchase in full. The deadline for refund
requests is Friday, June 30th.
Gift certificate or refund requests must be made by June 30, 2020. Any remaining tickets that are undesignated after June 30th will be automatically converted into a tax-deductible donation.
Please direct all email communications for your ticket option requests to Fred Bernier, Production Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org.
While the decision to cancel these performances is difficult, we are more committed than ever to bringing great art back to our stage! Thank you so much for your patronage, we look forward to seeing you back at the ballet as soon as possible.
Your support of Maine State Ballet – your understanding, patience and confidence as we navigate this unprecedented situation is greatly appreciated.
Maine State Ballet
*Greater benefit for giving this year:
The government stimulus bill includes the following changes regarding charitable giving this year (please review these with your tax advisor to confirm):
If you do not itemize deductions, and give up to $300 to charity in a year, you can add up to $300 to the standard deduction. In order to qualify, you must give to a qualified charity. Section 2204.
If you itemize deductions, you can for 2020 deduct 100% of your charitable contributions from your adjusted gross income (up from the previous 50% cap). If you have a business, the 10% limit has been increased to 25%. Section 2204.