As you know, we opened our season with Theatre Magic (and Other Things We Need), strictly adhering to all measures set forth in the Phase 2 Motion Picture Production COVID-19 Requirements issued by the Governor’s office. Up to this point, we have been able to rehearse and film successfully without incident, keeping artist safety paramount. We remain committed to the goal of keeping our artists safe while we produce content. When we began rehearsals for A 1940s Radio Christmas Carol, COVID numbers were not spiking, so we made the decision to begin rehearsal via Zoom. When we transitioned to in-person rehearsals, we maintained the strict safety protocol we used while filming Theatre Magic. Unfortunately, the rapid rise in cases, specifically in South King County, has made moving forward as planned without compromising this goal impossible. We are happy to announce that our strict safety measures prevented the spread of COVID and no one on our team was infected. However, there is just no way to keep our actors and production team completely safe without isolating everyone entirely. This is not something we are equipped to do, nor can most of the cast and crew accomplish that – family, housemates, and jobs are a fact of life, and we cannot control everyone around us.
With all of this in mind and for the protection of our artists, at the end of November we made the tough decision to cancel A 1940s Radio Christmas Carol just one week before opening. We replaced the show with a Christmas Cabaret. We accomplished this by following strict safety protocols, filming performers individually with minimal personnel in the room, and editing the performances together.
We still plan to complete this season – just not on the original timeline — and are in the process of figuring out the specifics. If you are a Season Ticket Holder or have purchased a tickets, expect an email from us with more information. We will be posting the new schedule for this season once details become available. Thank you so much for your support throughout this trying time. We miss you so much and look forward to seeing you in person when it is safe to do so.
Centerstage Board and Staff