Covid Q&A

As individuals, groups, organizations, and governments do their best to react to the crisis of Covid-19 and ensure the safety of the public, Penobscot Theatre Company has been working nonstop to protect our staff, crew, and patrons; but to ensure our return is strong and safe. Like everyone, PTC is unsure of what the future holds, but we remain confident that we will be back and when we do we’ll be prepared to provide you the quality entertainment you expect from us, in an environment that is as safe as possible.


Q: It feels like forever since we were at PTC. What have you all been up to?

It has been extraordinary to watch our staff, artists, and supporters come together to ensure the future of our great company. Staff have been working tirelessly making phone calls, answering emails, and laying out the path to re-opening in the fall. We may not being physically in the Bangor Opera House, but we’re still working hard for our artistic home! Plus we can’t forget to mention the content our artists have been providing to keep us and you entertained throughout this global phenomenon. Click here to see those videos!

Our community of artists are always publishing new content such as Ben Laymen’s daily story hour (click here) and Dominick Varney’s upcoming zoom chat show (Click here)


Q: What happened with Becoming Dr. Ruth and 9to5: The Musical?

While we were disappointed that we weren’t able to produce these shows in the 19-20 season, we are thrilled to be able to present them in our 47th season! Becoming Dr. Ruth has been rescheduled for March 11-28, 2021 and 9to5: The Musical has been rescheduled for June 10 – July 11, 2021.

If you had tickets for one of these shows contact us at 207-942-3333 for an exchange or credit.


Q:When are you planning to open your 2021 Season?

Currently we are proceeding ahead with the hope that we will be able to safely open our doors in September with Maytag Virgin. With so much being unknown PTC will make adjustments to the season, dates, etc should the need arise. Our favorite word right now is flexibility. We only plan to open if we can do so safely.


Q: Are you planning safety procedures inside the theatre for opening?

While Maine’s CDC guidelines don’t include Theatres in their published phases of re-opening, we are working within the listed guidelines HERE while also working with other theatres across the country to ensure that we are doing everything possible to keep our patrons and staff safe. While we haven’t produced an official list of guidelines for PTC yet, you can assume that similar measures being taken by other businesses will be in effect. We are also looking into other avenues to ensure maximum safety such as distanced seating, e-tickets, and scanners.

We will announce our procedures when they’re ready and look forward to having you assist us in keeping everyone safe.


Q: What can I do to help PTC during this time?

It’s no secret that the performing arts are suffering during this extraordinary time. Thanks to the leadership of our producing artistic director and board of directors, PTC will be able to open again in the future; but the strains of losing our main source of income these past few months hasn’t been easy. The best way you can invest in the future of PTC can be found HERE


Q: I have been a subscriber in the past but I’m not sure about resubscribing next season. What if I don’t feel comfortable attending a show in the fall?

We understand these concerns, and are taking that into account as we approach the fall. Rest assured that PTC will take care of you. We are loosening our ticketing policies during this extraordinary time to ensure that you can feel confident in buying a ticket to PTC.

If you still feel uncomfortable about “renting a seat” for the season with our Fixed Series or Snowbird packages, we recommend you switching to a Flexpass to ensure you are still getting your benefits and saving money! Subscribe HERE