DeKALB – Faced with the increasing likelihood of needing to cancel the remainder of its current season, Stage Coach Players has decided to move the majority of its 2020 productions to 2021.
Casts and crews will remain intact, to the extent that they can, and patrons will have the option of carrying over their season tickets to next year, according to a news release.
The theater company’s response to the pandemic began in March when “Big Fish” was canceled two weeks before its scheduled opening. The group had hoped no further cancellations would be necessary, but health and government restrictions made it impossible to prepare and rehearse the productions. Even if those restrictions were reduced in the coming months, Stage Coach believes the most responsible plan for the health of its members, patrons and community is to continue waiting in the wings.
This year’s season will be replicated in 2021, beginning with the musical “Big Fish”; followed by “Auntie Mame”; “Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean”; “Matilda: The Musical”; “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”; “The Red Velvet Cake War”; and “Sweeney Todd.” The dates of those rescheduled performances are yet to be determined, pending licensing approval.
Stage Coach still plans to produce “Elf: The Musical” this December, though that also may move to 2021, depending on pandemic conditions.
Season ticket holders will receive a letter from the Stage Coach Box Office with ticketing options. Those alternatives include (1) moving tickets to next season; (2) receiving a refund; or (3) donating the value of the tickets back to Stage Coach Players.
In the meantime, Stage Coach intends to engage with its audience via social media. Several digital performance ideas are being discussed. Information about upcoming alternative performances will be announced online at www.stagecoachplayers.com or on the group’s Facebook page.