Due to the Coronavirus, Playhouse announces cancelation of the 52nd season that was originally planned
Full statement from Playhouse on the Square
Due to the current rise in COVID-19 cases in and around Shelby County, Playhouse on the Square has made the difficult decision to suspend all scheduled in-person stage productions until June of 2021. This includes the 52nd season line up of performances on the stages of Playhouse on the Square, The Circuit Playhouse, and TheatreWorks at the Square.
The decision was made Wednesday afternoon by Executive Producer, Michael Detroit with the full support of the theatre’s artists and staff. According to Detroit, “The safety of all our staff and patrons are driving this decision. It’s the right thing to do at this time.”
“We were hopefully going to be opening shows on Friday,” Detroit said Wednesday. “That was our originally goal, to reopen after Thanksgiving. But we’ve got shows that have large casts toward the end of the season (June 2021) – it’s impractical to put so many people on stage, we’ve got consider people backstage, dressing rooms. . . it made no sense.”
Over the weekend, the cast, musicians, and crews of the upcoming production of Smokey Joe’s Cafe, set to begin rehearsals in December, were notified of the show’s suspension. Meanwhile, the theatre’s artistic and marketing teams will continue to offer the Playhouse at Home Series, digital content via www.playhouseonthesquare.org, and their social media platforms.
Detroit’s staff has also had the opportunity to take care of things that are a challenge to address during the grind of a typical season, putting things away and fixing up parts of the facility. “Our folks are still working,” Detroit says. “The best part of the story: we’ve been able to keep working. All of our staff is employed, nobody has been furloughed or laid off or anything.”
“I know this is a challenging, anxious, and stressful time for everyone and this pandemic will not let up. It’s important we remain as positive as we can, as empathetic toward each other as we can, and as optimistic about the days following Covid-19 as we can be. We’ll come out on the other side of this beginning in July. I’ve got a whole new schedule for next season, and opportunities await us.”
Playhouse on the Square has other creative plans for the time leading up to next season, other digital streamed stage offerings through June 2021, and those plans will be released soon. Until then, The Winter Spotlight Series will begin Wednesday December 2nd with the Seasonal Show Roundtable, with a new episode airing every two weeks. CLICK HERE, for the full lineup.