COVID-19 – UPDATES


UPDATES ABOUT STAGES PROGRAMMING &
THE COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS) PANDEMIC

(November 18, 2020 – Update)

A NOTE ABOUT UPCOMING STAGES PROGRAMS:

As the days get shorter, and the temperatures drop, and the COVID-19 cases in our area continue to rise, STAGES will be moving all of our upcoming early 2021 programming (and any remaining 2020 programs) into our virtual classroom spaces. After nearly a year of testing multiple virtual program formats, we are excited to continue connecting online with our students until it is safe to gather in person again. We will continue to watch how the pandemic evolves, and will update our community with any updates. Realistically, at this time, we expect we will not be on campus again until late March/early April (at the earliest).

We are expecting to conduct a summer camp program in 2021, and hope to have those details on our website on or before December 1. This is about one month later than we usually announce our summer programming – we appreciate your patience.

Current 2021 Winter/Spring programs can be reviewed by clicking here.

We are currently monitoring the evolving pandemic parameters to inform our next steps with regards to a return to campus in a few months. We expect to release new health & safety guidelines based on current CDC and Maine guidelines in early 2021. 

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.

GENERAL UPDATES:

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.

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.

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.

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

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.