Revised: March 19, 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!”
For now, Spotlight has postponed the remainder of the current season. This includes the following adjustments:
- The Wolves will open June 12.
- Performance troupes: Sparkles, Confetti, Celebration will return next season.
- Charlotte’s Web: The Musical will open on a later date to be determined by summer events.
- Summer theatre camps remain on our schedule.
We will monitor the evolving recommendations for community health. The small cast of the teen drama, The Wolves, will return to rehearsals only after a return to careful theatre activities is deemed safe.
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.
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