An Update on Our Summer Programming
ACT has been closely monitoring developments around COVID-19, including the most recent details of Governor Baker’s reopening plan. After carefully reviewing these state guidelines, we have determined that our operations would fall under Phase 3 of reopening. Given the timeline this means for us, the complex (though perfectly reasonable) new standards for operation, and in light of our performance venue’s decision to forgo their summer programming, we have had to make the difficult decision to cancel our summer main stage productions of Frozen Jr. and Newsies and to move our Summer Day Program to a new, virtual format, which will include programming for our teens.
Our utmost priority is the safety of those we engage with – from our young people and staff, to those we share building space with for rehearsals and performances, to our audience members. The volatile nature of this pandemic and the tough realities this has meant for our institution has put us face-to-face with the heartbreaking truth that we would not be able to deliver this programming in a way that is safe for all involved and so, for now, we must nobly dim our lights.
In spite of all this, and in an effort to serve as many young people as possible this summer, I am excited to share that our Summer Day Program will move online for virtual instruction and will now expand with new programs to include our teens! The response we have had to our recent online workshops has been incredible, and feedback has been pouring in from parents, families, and ACTors themselves sharing how successful and effective this programming has been for them! With this in mind, we have developed an online model for our Summer Day Program that promises to be exciting, active, and engaging.
The Road Ahead
Speaking on behalf of myself, the Board of Directors, and the guest artists we employ, I cannot overstate the immense gratitude we have for your support through this time. Your generosity and kindness has allowed us to keep our doors open thus far.
That said, I also cannot overstate the truly dire straits we continue to navigate due to this vicious virus. If you have the means, please consider pitching in even $5 to help us weather this storm. Donating is easy – just visit gf.me/u/xqy2gp to help get us through.
There Will Be Light!
Please stay well. And stay hopeful. This time has been filled with so much heartache, and we know that these changes to our programming may be disappointing – they are for us too! Amidst all this uncertainty, by moving to an online model for the summer we will be able to guarantee that our programming will run. And this promise to you, our young people especially, will hopefully bring with it a sense of joy and anticipation. I have personally witnessed, through your support and encouragement, the tenacity and resolve of the human spirit to adapt and survive even the toughest of times. There will be light!
Interim Artistic Director
Current and Upcoming Shows
The 2020-2021 season will be announced soon! In the meantime, check out our Virtual Summer Conservatory.