A Message From The Artistic Director


Dear Friends,

Above and beyond all, I hope this message finds you in good health both physically and spiritually. To say I missed seeing each and every one of you this past summer would be an understatement. I believe we all felt a void not being able to gather and celebrate live theatre together at the Mac.

In March, when this began, the team here at Mac-Haydn began aggressively doing everything we could to ensure our survival during this troubling time. From the establishment of our Bright Future Fund to our new digital content, we remained very busy all summer long bringing as much entertainment as we could muster to all of you. Behind those scenes we also took many crucial “unseen” steps to ensure our future. This included federal assistance, real estate planning, and a real tightening of our operating budget. In many ways, this crisis led us to discover new programs and maintain a strong financial footing after the last few successful seasons. Our goal is to take every action we can to make sure we are here to welcome you all back to the theatre when this pandemic is resolved.

As most of you know, the timelines have been shifting constantly and there is still much uncertainty facing us as an organization. BUT – we will not give up and we are determined to endure this crisis! Financially, we are not out of the proverbial woods yet and we still need your help even more so than ever before in our 50 years. Our ultimate goal is to open summer 2021 and present the award-winning shows we are famous for.

Your generosity over this last year has been astounding and I write this in hopes that you will continue to place your trust in us that we will be back. As always, your donations this time of the year are what propel us through the winter months and get us into the position of being able to open our doors and welcome you back.

The plan for summer 2021 is to present the original 2020 season lineup, but we are prepared to adapt the season if needed. As events unfold, we will keep you updated as we get through the winter and hopefully see the “spotlight” at the end of the tunnel. Ticket sales will begin the moment we have the greenlight to go ahead. As we told so many of you this past spring, your patience, generosity, and support have meant the world to us and because of this, the Mac-Haydn has a bright future to claim as we move confidently forward through this unprecedented moment in history.

John Saunders
Producing Artistic Director


Thank you once again for your tremendous support.

For 51 years, the Mac-Haydn has presented full summers of top-notch musical theatre and we plan to keep on doing just that! We simply couldn’t do it without you, both as an audience member, and as a contributor.

Summer ’19 was another wonderful year with remarkable performances from our team both on an off the stage. We took a big step forward and plan to keep doing so for years to come.

I look forward to seeing you at the theatre for the 2020 season and thanks again for your loyal support.

John Saunders
Producing Artistic Director

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Volunteer

We hear it a lot: "I don't know how you do it!"

Well, we don't do it alone. Our volunteers who you see ushering, in the food booth and coffee house are the backbone of our theatre and we are always looking for more.

    Here are some specific things our volunteers assist with.
  • Housing: Maintenance and setup for our artists and technical team.
  • Hosting: We are often looking for additional space for our talented and interesting teams. Please fill out our Housing Information Form if you are interested in hosting an artist for part or all of the summer. We will work with you to find a good fit.
  • Distribution: Rack cards and posters around Columbia County.
  • Cars: we have a small fleet that are stored for the winter. These need to be started up and taken for service and check-ups.
  • Copying: Scripts, inserts, and other incidental things. It's a very necessary but time consuming process.
  • Lawn Mowing and Gardening: Having some help with our extensive properties would be wonderful.

Please contact us at jrodgers@machaydntheatre.org to inquire further about becoming a volunteer.