October Update from the Executive Director
Dear Theatre Coppell Patrons:
As you probably know, the pandemic has prevented any real improvement in the situation of live theatre, including us. Even Broadway has announced all shows are canceled until June of 2021. There are limited activities now taking place in the new Arts Center, but live theatre, particularly in our black box theatre with small seating, is not possible.
I had tentatively scheduled our new season in the new Arts Center to start in February of 2021, but it’s clear that won’t work. The first show was to be Little Shop of Horrors. I have postponed indefinitely that show, and we probably won’t be able to reschedule it until 2022.
Some local theatres are attempting to stay in touch with its patrons and to continue to sell tickets by hosting virtual performances. But it seems to me that these don’t work too well, are expensive to produce, and still have problems with actors being on-camera, unable to adhere to all safety protocols. Persons who like live theatre are not so interested in watching limited shows online.
However, I have hopes that we might have some limited live performances starting in 2021. Who knows? Maybe we’ll get a miracle vaccine, and we can all remove our masks.
Our theatre will survive. It’s just a matter of time and patience from us.
Wheelice Wilson, Jr.