Revised: July 4, 2020
To the Families and Community of Spotlight Youth Theatre:
As the spread of coronavirus is on everyone’s minds, we at Spotlight continue our mission: “to provide youth and their families a SAFE, welcoming environment where the individual is supported, teamwork is embraced, and creativity is encouraged through high quality performing arts and educational programs that enrich and strengthen our community.”
As it says in our mission, the safety and health of our kids has always, and will always, come first. We must adjust our schedule accordingly as current events evolve.
As Artistic Director Kenny Grossman says: “It’s not curtain call. It’s just an intermission!”
Spotlight’s programming includes the following adjustments:
- The Wolves will be presented online on Saturday, July 25, at 7:00 p.m. Licensing to safely videotape this award-winning play (after the cast continued to rehearse in online meetings for months) was secured when a live audience was deemed unsafe even in a larger facility, while local Covid19 cases continue to rise. Ticket buyers will be emailed login information and an electronic playbill for this special show.
- Performance troupes: Sparkles, Confetti, Celebration will return next season, and are now accepting video auditions.
- Charlotte’s Web: The Musical is no longer part of the 2019-2020 season.
- Summer theatre camps remain on our schedule, in the form of only two camps with reduced capacity in order to creatively offer a safe experience. To better maintain safety and physical distancing, the minimum age is raised to 8.
We will monitor the evolving recommendations for community health.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides small event planners guidelines, which we will follow and share with all participants. Mostly, these are precautions that will help curb sicknesses year round.
The theatre has undergone extensive cleaning for sanitation, and will continue sanitation practices when activities return: wiping down surfaces, taking breaks to wash hands, keeping hand sanitizer out, and sanitizing the theatre nightly after rehearsals and future camps.
The largest programs and events at Spotlight consist of gatherings that are smaller than most schools and churches. Even so, we take public health concerns very seriously, and will continue to monitor and follow recommendations by local authorities as they arise. Any activity this year is presumed to require restrictions and precautionary measures as in other public places.
We ask our patrons for your help to create a healthy environment for everyone, and to follow the CDC’s Steps to Prevent Illness.
It’s never more important than during times of disruption, to find ways to encourage and strengthen the bonds of children, families, and small communities. Please remember this is a time to reach out and help one another any way we can. Thank you for continuing to support the arts, especially youth theatre!
Spotlight Youth Theatre Board of Directors