Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Steel River Playhouse Cancels Upcoming Season

Blogger's Note: The following was submitted by the Steel River Playhouse.

After much research, many discussions, and in consideration of our artists and community members, Steel River Playhouse has made the decision to cancel the upcoming season. 

According to Artistic Director Leena Devlin “This wasn’t an easy decision to make, but it is really important to us that we keep not only our artist community safe, but our whole community safe.”

Shows of the scale and quality we produce can take an entire year from choice of show to when it opens
for our audience. We have to book the rights, hire directors and designers, build sets, create costumes, book the orchestra, audition and cast the show. 

Then it takes weeks of work to rehearse and put the final touches on for our audience. All of those steps require lots of professional and volunteer staff to work together, mostly in person. These preparations, with all the people needed, just can’t happen safely right now.

In addition, during the course of a year there are over 20,000 visits to the building, whether for performances, classes, meetings, or community events. By closing the building we help to keep the whole community safe.

The Steel River Playhouse team will be contacting subscribers and ticket holders, volunteers, sponsors and advertisers, students and families, to ensure all questions are answered. 

Steel River Playhouse has been an important destination on High Street for the last 12 years, and this is just a pause. “We have always made it a priority to tell stories that matter”, according to Devlin. “We’re taking this pause to see how we can do this even better.”

This is a unique opportunity to take the time to put processes and plans in place to refocus our efforts to be a vibrant part of our community and come back stronger than ever. The staff, artists, and community at Steel River Playhouse look forward to welcoming everyone back to a safe, revitalized environment where you can join us as we laugh, cry, think, and learn together. 

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