Friends & Neighbors,
First and foremost, we hope that you are safe and continue to remain so while our region continues to recover from the impacts of Tropical Storm Ida.
Unfortunately, SOPAC and the surrounding downtown South Orange Village experienced extensive damages from flooding and heavy rains. As we work through recovery and remediation, the SOPAC website will be updated and we will be reaching out to ticket holders directly about the status of their event. At this time, we anticipate being able to re-open and welcome you back to SOPAC for performances beginning October 1.
As of Tuesday, September 7:
- SOPAC is closed to the public
- The Box Office is available
via phone and email only
(973) 313-2787 | boxoffice@SOPACnow.org
- At this time, we anticipate being able to re-open for performances beginning October 1.
- Events and performances through September 30 are in the process of being rescheduled.
SOPAC Storm RecapWatch News12 Coverage
There was a performance at SOPAC on September 1 when Tropical Storm Ida reached our region. Three SOPAC staff remained on the premises throughout the evening and into the morning. They provided shelter and assistance to NJ Transit train passengers who were returning home and they immediately responded to water coming into the building through the entrances, through the west-facing windows and through the roof.
We are hugely indebted to the staff members who remained at SOPAC overnight. Without their immediate response and ongoing efforts, damages sustained to the building would have been far greater. The flood damage also reached their personal cars in the NJ Transit parking lot, which were ultimately totaled. We are also grateful to the Township of South Orange Village for their quick response and ongoing support and and to South Orange Downtown for their support of SOPAC and all the local businesses.
SOPAC staff continued to work long hours and through the holiday weekend with the optimistic outlook that we could reopen for performances September 10. A remediation crew was quickly identified and brought on site. However, once the damages were thoroughly assessed, and the extent of necessary repairs determined, we were left with no choice but to cancel events for the remainder of the month.
Summary of Damages
- walls & insulation in lobby & theatre
- carpeting in lobby and theatre
- orchestra pit
- production equipment
- first floor restrooms
- elevator shaft
- roof damage which expedites the need for replacement
How You Can Help
Now is the time to show your support for New Jersey’s Favorite Small Performing Arts Center. Please consider a donation or become a SOPAC member today. You, our community of patrons, keep us going and we thank you for your continued generosity. We can’t wait to see you again.
Your support will assist SOPAC’s recovery efforts as are forced to delay our reopening yet again. It has been a difficult year, but we are working efficiently to repair and replace the damaged items and areas in our theatre including the carpets, orchestra pit, production equipment, and roof. SOPAC will also provide financial assistance to the staff members whose cars were totaled while they worked through the storm.
We are thankful for our team and their continued dedication and for our patrons and community for continued support as restorations begin.
If you have tickets to an event that is being rescheduled, please hold onto your tickets until a new date is announced or, as an alternative to a refund, please consider donating the value of your tickets to SOPAC to assist with flood-related repairs. All donations of $60 or more ($50 if you are a South Orange or Maplewood resident and/or a senior citizen) include SOPAC Membership.