Dear Friends,

In accordance with the Tier 3 Mitigation Measures that become effective on Friday, November 20th in the state of Illinois, the Fischer Theatre is cancelling all scheduled public and in person events on our calendar. We will also hold off on scheduling new events until we have a clearer picture of the pandemic, its impact on our community, and the Fischer’s operations during this phase.

Like all of you, the need to deliver this announcement brings me no joy, and on behalf of all of us here at the Vermilion Heritage Foundation, we want to express a sense of profound solidarity with all of our friends and neighbors who are struggling with the economic challenges we continue to face together, our sincere concern for the health and well being of those directly affected by the COVID-19 virus, and finally, our very genuine thanks and admiration for the first responders, public health, and medical professionals who are often times running on fumes while they tirelessly work to maintain the safety and health of ourselves and those that we love and care for.

So, what now you ask? Good question.

First and foremost, we very much enjoy providing access to the arts for our whole community – it’s our mission! However, the safety and well being of our volunteers and those we serve is our primary concern. So we will continue to put our thinking caps on and do what we’ve been doing since last March – constantly reassessing the ever-changing conditions and opportunities to continue to develop our historic theatre and the programming we can offer. Patience, planning, and action.

We will be exploring possible structural improvements that we can accommodate at this time as well as developing new and creative ways to implement new technologies to help us deliver on our mission. Simply put, we will continue to move forward and ensure that the Fischer Theatre continues to contribute to the community, even now, and also remains prepared to continue delivering amazing experiences to you, our Friends, for years to come.

For those of you who are able, I would like to take this opportunity to ask you to consider making a financial contribution to the Vermilion Heritage Foundation. Your donations would help support our ongoing efforts, especially as we enter a time where ticket sales and other opportunities to raise funds will be unavailable to us. Please give us a call or visit this link to learn more about our Friends of the Fischer program and make a donation:

Thank you all for your continued support, generosity, and patronage of the Fischer – we will never go dark so long as we have our Friends! To steal the words of someone very wise – be safe, be kind, and be an example!


Jason Rome

Executive Director

Vermilion Heritage Foundation | The Historic Fischer Theatre

The Fischer Theatre opened its doors for the very first time on November 5, 1884. The Grand Opening feature was the Emma Abbott Grand English Opera Company presenting “King for a Day.”

It was the first opera company formed by a woman in the United States.


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Danville, IL 61832



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Danville, IL 61834

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Executive Director

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Operations Director

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