COVID-19 – UPDATES


STAGES PROGRAMMING &
THE COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS) PANDEMIC

(July 20, 2020 – Update)

GENERAL UPDATES:

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 included “day camps for children” as part of Phase 2 (in effect since June 2020) . We continue to meet with youth theater program directors in Maine and from across the country about critical health & safety considerations, and the innovation of new youth arts programming for this unprecedented time.

If you are interested in reviewing our STAGES Summer Guidelines, we invite you to do so at any time. Please note these guidelines – and our summer programs – are subject to change at any time as the pandemic response continues to evolve. We expect to release updated/new Fall programing guidelines soon.

Additionally, at this time, STAGES has no current plans for the coming school year to do any of the following things until early-mid 2021 – at the earliest:

  • present live musical theater productions
  • allow for in-person music instruction or singing activities at STAGES
  • welcome live audiences (of any size) back to our theater for any reason 
  • welcome students under the age of 9 for in-person programming 
  • accommodate in-person groups of more than 10-15 students (ages 9+) at a time

Our refund and cancellation policies have been updated to reflect the new realities of our program. Both the (unchanged) Summer refund/cancellation policy, and the new 2020-21 refund/cancellation policies can be found by clicking here.

PROGRAMMING/OPERATIONAL UPDATES:
At this time, STAGES Youth Theater is half-way through our adapted summer programming, including virtual/online offerings and a very limited, in-person summer camp program on our Portland campus. Outside of these activities, our administrative office and theater remain closed, with all non-camp employees working from home. There are a handful of spots remaining in our final three summer camp programs. Those programs can be found by clicking here for ages 10+, and clicking here for ages 7-9.

We have opened registration for a limited Fall program which includes both virtual programming and a very limited in-person program.  Fall programs can be reviewed by clicking here.

Final sharing presentations for MACBETH and MATILDA will be held in late July/early August. Families will be notified soon.

While the financial and organizational impact of the pandemic on our organization is significant, we doing everything we can to provide new, innovative and fun opportunities for young people to safely connect with one another during this isolating time. If you would like to support STAGES as we continue to adapt our programs and spaces this fall, you may do so by clicking here.

We will update all of the information on this page as things continue to evolve. Thank you for your understanding and support of our organization. We are doing the very best we can to stay open, stay safe, and stay connected with our mission and our community.