UPDATES ABOUT STAGES PROGRAMMING &
THE COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS) PANDEMIC
(March 1, 2021 – Update)
A NOTE ABOUT UPCOMING STAGES PROGRAMS:
At the time of this posting, all STAGES programs continue to take place in our virtual classroom spaces. We are so grateful to have this opportunity to continue connecting online with our students until it is safe to gather in person again. We expect to capture most (if not all) of the filming of our spring productions in a remote (from home/online) process. We are, however, explore some sort of in-person gathering for hybrid programs (Guys & Dolls and A Midsummer Night’s Dream), as the weather warms and pandemic conditions continue to (hopefully) improve.
STAGES SUMMER PROGRAMS:
Registration is open for our Summer Camp season, with the following pandemic adpated conditions:
STAGES SUMMER PLAYBOX PROGRAMS: STAGES will be running PlayBox programs for age groups in the range of 2-14 years during the summer months. PlayBox programs are dynamic, interactive programs in our virtual classroom, supported by a box of surprises sent to each students home before the program begins. There will be no in-person programs on our campus for students under the age of 9 during the summer program.
STAGES SUMMER SHOWS: For students in age groups in the range of 9-18, STAGES will hold in-person rehearsals and filming of four summer performance programs, including 2 musicals, one Shakespeare in the Park production, and a Summer Showcase event. COVID precautions will be in effect/enforced, and a full list of protocols will be posted (and sent to registered families) as we get closer to the summer and have a better sense of the pandemic conditions as well as the federal and Maine guidelines for health and safety.
STAGES is also registering for a fully remote Audio Play production of The Three Musketeers, and we are in the process of considering a fully remote theatrical production for students who are not comfortable being on campus as early as this summer. We appreciate your patience as we continue to refine these plans for remote instruction .
Thank you for your support of STAGES as we reinvent our program to meet the challenges presented by the global health crisis. While our programming looks different, our mission remains the same. We are addressing new challenges with creativity and we continue to offer a safe space – in person or online – for enrichment, friendship, and self-discovery during what has been a stressful and isolating time for so many young people.
Please do not hesitate to contact us any time with questions or concerns.
FALL STAGES PROGRAMS:
We are in the process of determining our plans for the Fall 2021 semester. We expect, at a minimum, there will be some modified in-person programming takine place on our campus. We also will continue with virtual programming through the end of 2021 (and likely beyond, in some capacity).
At this time, STAGES has no current plans to do any of the following things until Fall of 2021 – at the earliest:
- present musical theater productions for in-person audiences, or welcome in-person general public audiences (of any size) back to our indoor theater for any reason
- allow for in-person music instruction or in-person singing activities at STAGES (instruction, singing, and recording will take place in a virtual classroom process).
- welcome students under the age of 9 for in-person programming
- accommodate large in-person groups of students (ages 9+) at STAGES (all summer programs will be under 20 students).
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.
STAGES continues to follow the business re-opening guidelines provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the State of Maine. 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.
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.
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.