COVID-19 CLOSURES & PROGRAMMING UPDATES


STAGES PROGRAMMING CHANGES
DUE TO THE COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS) PANDEMIC

(May 25, 2020 – Update)

The STAGES Youth Theater administrative office and theater remain closed, with all employees working from home, and all STAGES programs taking place in a virtual/online classroom environment, in accordance with Governor Mill’s  “Stay Safer at Home” Executive Order  (read here – from April 28, 2020).  STAGES continues to follow the guidelines provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the State of Maine, including the Governor’s phased plan for reopening Maine’s economy, which includes “day camps for children” as part of Phase 2, tentatively scheduled to take effect in June. 

As we work toward this goal of safely bringing students back to STAGES, we will continue to make difficult but necessary decisions about our upcoming programming. We are also meeting with similar day camp program directors in Maine and from across the country to generate ideas to balance critical health & safety considerations with a quality, fun camp experience.

A special note about summer programs – on Wednesday, May 20, STAGES received Governor Mills’ official guidelines/requirements specific to the reopening of day camp programs (read here – from May 20, 2020). STAGES began contacting families of registered students on Friday, May 22. This process is ongoing. Additional updates to the summer camp parts of our website will be made the week of May 25th.

In the meantime, please see the information below to check on  the status of specific STAGES programs, and contact us with your questions at any time.

STAGES Youth Theater has also launched an At-Home Adventures program to provide opportunities for connection and creativity. Current offerings can be found by clicking here. New programs are in development and will be posted soon. 

Thank you for your understanding.



STAGES SHAKESPEARE ENSEMBLE PRODUCTION OF MACBETH
We are pleased to announce that filming for our MACBETH digital experience is underway! Shakespeare Ensemble students, directors and a full design team continue to working together on this exciting final presentation. We will update everyone soon with details about how and when the final film will be screened and shared with our community!

In another bit of good news — we are also pleased to announce that registration is open for our 2020-21 Shakespeare Ensemble and our production of A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM! Please click here for more information. 

STAGES PRODUCTION OF MATILDA
While we are disappointed to report that our public performance of MATILDA has been indefinitely postponed, the cast continues to meet each week, working toward a final project to be shared with cast-member families at a future date. We will post any relevant updates here, as those details become available. Thank you for your support of this amazing group of loving, resilient, young people.

STAGES IN-SCHOOL PROGRAMMING
At this time, we are in the process of re-imagining what school residencies and educational programs might look like during this unpredictable pandemic timeline. If you are a school teacher interested in learning about customizable virtual STAGES residency programs for your classroom for the fall or beyond, please contact our Education Director, Shannon Wade, any time!

STAGES SUMMER PROGRAMS
STAGES at this time plans to conduct all of the remaining summer programs on our website, all of which will have modifications made to comply with summer day camp reopening guidelines released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the (still to be released) guidelines for the State of Maine.  In addition to a new set of rigorous safety/health/cleaning policies, procedures and protocols, we expect also to make difficult program-specific decisions about enrollment capacity, and public gatherings & family presentations.

Limited registration remains open for some programs in the following age groups:

Summer Programs for ages 5-6
Summer Programs for ages 7-9
Summer Programs for ages 10+ 

Our policies and procedures are being assessed and documented to be alignment with the Governor’s summer camp guidelines. Registered families will be contacted first, and the website will be updated soon after.

SUMMER PROGRAM REFUND POLICY (updated May 8, 2020):
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the STAGES summer no-refund policy has been updated to allow full summer camp refunds in the form of account credits that can be used toward future programs, should families decide not to participate in programs for which they’ve already registered. Please contact hello@stagesacademy.com for more information.


We will update all of the information on this page as things continue to evolve. Thank you for your understanding and patience. We look forward to welcoming everyone back to STAGES again soon!