Elm Street Cultural Arts Village recently announced updates to two previously canceled or postponed events that would’ve taken place in March and April.

The award-winning Irish-based band JigJam will perform at a later date to be determined as part of Elm Streets Lantern Series, which showcases bands and artists from across the world. The band was originally scheduled to perform at 7:30 p.m. on April 4, but due to COVID-19 escalating to a national state of emergency as well as a global pandemic, the quartet had to cancel the remainder of their U.S tour.

“We have been in contact with JigJam’s management as well as their booking agency and are happy to report that we are actively working on rescheduling the concert that was supposed to be on April 4th,” said Elm Street’s Production Manager, Brian Gamel. “The original scheduled concert was part of a state-wide tour we built with other venues in Georgia, so we have to reach out to them first to select a date that will work with everyone’s schedule and help us all benefit during these uncertain times.”

Once a new date is finalized, Elm Street will contact all ticket buyers explaining the situation and will offer options to either exchange, refund, or donate the value of their ticket(s) as a tax-deductible donation.

Elm Street also announced the release of a digital version of “Helvetica” for free. The live performances of the Georgia premiere of Will Coleman’s play were canceled due to COVID-19 concerns last week. It was recently announced however that Elm Street has launched a complete digital experience of the play that will run between now and May 10.

“Arts access has a new meaning these days,” said Elm Street’s Executive Director Christopher Brazelton. “We still need it and this show was created for connecting — a relevant, intergenerational connection.”

The digital package includes a recorded version of the play, which was filmed by David Thompson Technologies LLC, that is available to stream now. Along with the recorded play, a digital copy of the program and an online gallery of production photos by photographer Bronson Kurtz will also be available.

A digital copy of a storybook that was created by the cast will be included in the package. The storybook was put together by the cast. The cast visited local senior centers to collect their own stories and had elementary school students illustrate them, Elm Street officials said.

In the play, children’s book author Helvetica is introduced three different times in her life and how her experiences weave together to tell her story. Helvetica Burke was one of the most famous and respected children’s authors in the world. Her books had captivated millions, but the life she led wasn’t quite a storybook affair. Through the eyes of her beloved stuffed bear, Myron, we see the past, present and future Helvetica.

Helvetica is recommended for ages 16+ due to strong language and mature themes. The link to the play is at: elmstreetarts.org/helvetica-the-digital-experience/.

Elm Street will continue to provide updates on how the outbreak impacts the rest of their programming on their social media as well as their website at: elmstreetarts.org/covid-19/. Officials can also be reached at 678-494-4251.

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