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WHARTON CENTER’S RESPONSE TO COVID-19

The health and safety of our patrons, artists, and staff is our top priority. Wharton Center is engaged in conversations to ensure that we protect all who visit our center. 

Wharton Center will be closed per Governor Whitmer's Executive Order 2020-20, March 24 through April 13, 2020. Contact the Ticket Office via email at [email protected].


Canceled/Postponed Events

The following Wharton Center events will not be taking place as scheduled.

  • Drum Tao 2020 Canceled
    Friday, March 13 including College Night
  • Dog Man the Musical Postponed
    Saturday, March 14 and Sunday, March 15
    Act One School Show
    Monday, March 23
  • Of Equal Place: Isotopes in Motion Canceled
    Saturday, March 21
    Act One School Shows
    Thursday, March 19 and Friday, March 20
  • Royal Winnipeg Ballet: The Wizard of Oz Canceled
    Wednesday, March 25​​​​​
  • The Klezmatics Rescheduled
    Thursday, March 26
  • Wicked First & Second Week Canceled
    April 1-12
  • AOSS: How to Survive Middle School Canceled
    April 28
  • Rain — A Tribute to the Beatles Postponed
    May 6
  • Young Playwrights Festival Canceled
    May 9
  • Please see the MSU Department of TheatreCollege of Music, Lansing Symphony websites for the latest information on their scheduled performances.

At this time, all other performances are taking place as scheduled.

If you purchased tickets from Wharton Center to any of the above events, you will receive information regarding refunds or rescheduled dates within the next several days. We are working diligently to ensure this process runs as smoothly as possible.


MSU Response

Effective at noon on March 11, MSU suspended face-to-face instruction in classroom settings and moving to virtual instruction. This suspension of in-person classes will last until April 20. However, the campus remains open.

For the latest information from MSU regarding COVID-19, please visit msu.edu/coronavirus.


Executive Orders from Michigan's Governor, Gretchen Whitmer

Michigan's Governor, Gretchen Whitmer, signed an executive order banning gatherings of more than 250 people, effective March 13, 2020, at 5pm through Sunday, April 5, 2020.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-20, which makes clear that all facilities that provide non-essential personal care services must temporarily close. The order also reaffirms the other temporary closures of places of public accommodation that were required by Executive Order 2020-9.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed the “Stay Home, Stay Safe” Executive Order (EO 2020-21), directing all Michigan businesses and operations to temporarily suspend in-person operations that are not necessary to sustain or protect life. 


Wharton Center will adjust our plans as new information becomes available.

We are taking extra safety measures, including:

  • Extensive cleaning and increased frequency of disinfecting procedures for all high-touch areas such as sanitizing armrests, handrails, door handles, countertops, sinks, faucets, bathroom doors, and other frequently touched surfaces.
  • Ensuring all staff are educated in personal washing and cleaning protocols.
  • Monitoring the health of our staff and enforcing those who are symptomatic to stay home.
  • Asking staff to limit contact with patron’s personal items such as mobile devices and tickets.

Should you have questions or concerns, please contact the Wharton Center Ticket Office at [email protected].