LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: Theatre ready to open season in January
To the editor,
The Florence Little Theatre board and staff are grateful to the public for its patience and support during our time away from the stage due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It is with great joy that we would like to share with you that we are set to open our Season of Magical Theatre in January 2021.
In January, we open the season with “Glorious! The True Story of Florence Foster Jenkins,” the Worst Singer in the World, a delightful comedic story of an enthusiastic soprano with less than perfect pitch.
Next, Agatha Christie’s “Murder on the Orient Express” pulls into FLT. Ken Ludwig’s clever adaptation of the Agatha Christie classic boasts all the glamour, intrigue, and suspense of Dame Agatha’s celebrated novel, with a healthy dose of humor to quicken the pace.
We will close our 2021 season with the enchantment of the magical fairy tale, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella.”
During the pandemic, many businesses have suffered. Across the country, non-profits and arts organizations just like Florence Little Theatre are facing challenges of maintaining their existence and securing a future.
For nearly 100 years, our season subscribers and donors have provided the means for FLT to offer the best in community theatre performance and education to our area. To help insure those continued opportunities for excellence, the total prices for season ticket packages this year are the same as they have been in the past. The price of your season membership commitment would include your tickets for the three productions listed above, plus a tax-deductible gift in support of the theatre.
We recognize this commitment is unusual. Should you choose to purchase single tickets for each show this season, we look forward to seeing you! We appreciate your support in every way possible, and we invite you to resume your membership as soon as circumstances allow a return to a more regular season schedule. We hope you will consider making this extraordinary commitment to sustain the extraordinary experiences of FLT.
Due to the circumstances surrounding COVID-19, 2021 season ticket holders must call to reserve their tickets for each show. Seats will be reserved on a first-come-first served basis. As a prior season ticket holder, you will get the option of renewing your traditional seats from the 2019-2020 season when we are able to open at full capacity.
Join us to experience the magic of theatre by ordering your season tickets today by calling the box office at (843) 662-3731, ext. 1, Monday-Friday from noon to 5 p.m.
FDDC grateful for
To the editor,
From all of us in Downtown Florence, we want to express how grateful we are for you, the community. This has been a challenging year, especially for small businesses, and we are so very thankful for everyone who has shopped, dined, or spent local these past few months.
As we start to enter the busiest shopping season of the year, we hope you will continue to support local in Downtown Florence. We celebrated Small Business Saturday, Nov. 28 with several specials and promotions from downtown businesses as well as a tote bag giveaway, a holiday photo op, a Letters to Santa activity, and the special Holiday Gift Market from the City Center Farmers Market.
We also kicked-off two contests in Downtown Florence. When you visit any Downtown Florence business between now and Dec.11, save your receipt and upload it to the Downtown Florence website (www.florencedowntown.com) to be entered for a chance to win one of four bags full of products from Downtown Florence. Also, downtown businesses will be going all out with holiday style for our annual holiday window decorating contest. Your vote decides who wins, and you may also win something yourself for voting. Look for the QR code in each window to scan to cast your vote.
When you visit Downtown Florence businesses, don’t forget to #slowthespread and follow all the current COVID-19 safety guidelines. The City of Florence’s Emergency Mask Ordinance that requires face coverings to be worn inside any retail and food service business within City limits is still in effect.
Offer your sacrifices
for His sacrifice for you
“What shall I render unto the Lord for all His benefits toward me?” (Psalm 116:12)
As Christians, we may ask this same question today. There is nothing we can give to pay the debt we owe to Jesus. However, because Christ offered up His life as a sacrifice for our sin, the Bible teaches that we should offer up sacrifices unto Him, beginning with ourselves.
Paul writes in Romans 12:1 and tells us to “present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.” Reasonable service means that it is the least we can do to live for Jesus because He died for me.
In Hebrews 13:16, the Bible tells us that sacrificial offering of our possessions is well pleasing to God. “But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.” Communicate in this verse means to share. Sharing with others God’s blessings on us is what God wants us to do.
May we all be resolved as the psalmist who declared, “I will offer to thee the sacrifice of thanksgiving, and will call upon the name of the Lord.” (Psalm 116:17)