While the news remains encouraging and restrictions continue to decrease, activities reopen, and life slowly returns to normal, the prospect of theatres re-opening remains to be seen. As Orpheus begins preparations for its productions months ahead of their performances, we are not confident that we will be able to bring together our dedicated volunteers to audition, rehearse, and prepare for the high level of quality that our loyal patrons deserve. For these reasons, we have made the difficult decision to cancel our upcoming production of Anything Goes slated for performance at Meridian Theatres @ Centrepointe in November 2020. We would like to thank the directing and production team of Anything Goes for the hard work and dedication that they've already put into this production.
Our utmost concern will always be ensuring the safety of our members, volunteers, and patrons alike. We look forward to the day that we are able to return to the stage for you, together sharing in our mutual love of quality musical theatre in a safe environment. We appreciate your continued patience and support for us and for Ottawa’s vibrant arts community during these difficult times.
While this does mean that Orpheus will not be back on the stage in 2020, we remain hopeful that 2021 will bring brighter days. We will continue to monitor all ministry and public health guidelines, making decisions on our announced shows on a case by case basis with the best information we have available at the time. We will also take this opportunity to reinvest in our organization. We will use this extended period of postponement to improve our outreach and accessibility programs, to renew commitment to our member, volunteer, donor, and patron experience, and to focus attention on much needed renovations of Orpheus House. When the spotlight turns on again, we will be back in it better than ever. We look forward to sharing these steps forward with you over the coming months.
Until we see you again, please stay safe, positive, and respect the advice of our public health officials.
Orpheus Board of Directors