As shared a few months ago, Orpheus opted to not cancel its 2020/2021 season altogether, but rather to make decisions on each production on a case by case basis with the best information available at the time. Unfortunately, the time has come to make the decision regarding the remainder of the season.
As you know, Orpheus begins preparations for its productions months ahead of their performance dates. Given the current state of affairs, we are not confident that we are able to bring together our dedicated volunteers to audition, rehearse, and prepare for the high level of quality that they and our loyal patrons deserve. Additionally, we have a duty to follow all ministry and public health guidelines to their fullest, and to respect the constraints that are placed on our host venues. Our utmost concern will always be ensuring the safety of our members, volunteers, and patrons, and that is not something we can do at this time. As such, we have made the difficult decision of cancelling our upcoming production of Something Rotten slated for performance at Meridian Theatres @ Centrepointe in March 2021.
That leaves us with what would typically be our season closer in June 2021. As we have committed to make these decisions on a case by case basis, we remain open to the possibility that we will be able to provide a production in June. It, however, will not be The Secret Garden. This discussion was conducted with careful care and consideration, and the decision made was based on content. If you’re familiar with The Secret Garden, you’ll know that it is a story set in the early 20th century amid the cholera pandemic. While it is a beautiful and touching script & score, we do not feel it is an appropriate show to return to the theatre with. We hope you understand! If we can bring you a show in June, we will, and it will be one full of laughter and joy.
We would like to thank the production teams of Something Rotten and The Secret Garden for the countless hours they have already committed to these shows. Your hard work and dedication has not gone unnoticed, and we look forward to producing your work at a later date.
This has been an incredibly challenging time for theatres everywhere. Whether as patrons or practitioners, we miss the escape, the shared experience, and the camaraderie. Orpheus is certainly not immune to this, and we know we have a large, dedicated group of members and volunteers seeking their extra-curricular outlet once again. This remains at the top of our minds. We continue to use this period of extended intermission to upgrade our systems and facilities, and to provide other artistic and development opportunities for you. We thank you for your patience these past few months as we have been adapting and setting a course of action. We are ready to begin moving forward, and to welcoming you back safely for various projects. Please stay tuned as we begin to put out calls for volunteers and announce some upcoming events.
Until then, please stay safe, healthy, positive, and respect the advice of our public health officials.
Orpheus Board of Directors