Elm Street Cultural Arts Village has made changes to its scheduled programming because of safety concerns related to the ongoing novel coronavirus pandemic, organization officials said.
“While we are cautiously optimistic for the coming months, we want to ensure that when we provide our programs, we are still showing stewardship of this community’s support,” Elm Street’s Executive Director Christopher Brazelton said. “The staff has been incredibly creative and come up with some fantastic plans to move some of our programs forward, but unfortunately, the theater season in particular proves to be precarious financially. For now, the environment to best tell these fantastic stories is not the safest environment for our audiences.”
The changes to Elm Street’s spring theatrical programming are:
♦ Small, safe, and spaced monthly comedy nights with iThink Improv Troupe as well as guest comedians hosted by Jessica It’s All Good have been added now through July that include digital streaming options.
♦ The musical “Freaky Friday” has moved to March 11-14 due to current COVID-19 cases and will include a condensed rehearsal and performance schedule.
♦ The play “26 Pebbles” by Eric Ulloa has been postponed to a later season.
♦ “Sister Act,” a musical based on the popular Whoopi Goldberg film, has been postponed to a later season.
“We do look forward to producing these and other shows that we’ve postponed, and using these stories to positively impact our community as they have for years,” Brazelton said.
Elm Street officials said they have contacted all impacted ticket buyers explaining the situation and have offered options to hold, exchange, or donate the value of their tickets as a tax-deductible donation.
“Future programming not mentioned and on our website is still planned,” Marketing Manager Justin Spainhour-Roth said. “We are closely monitoring COVID-19 data and are working diligently to ensure proper social distancing guidelines are met for the health, safety, and comfort of all audience members, volunteers, staff, and artists for the events we can safely control through limited in-person audiences, live stream options, and thorough healthy and safety procedures.”
Elm Street will continue to provide updates on how the outbreak impacts the rest of its programming, and the most up-to-date information will be available on social media as well as the Elm Street website at elmstreetarts.org/spring-2021-update-on-programming-during-covid-19.
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