It is with a very heavy heart that we must announce the cancellation of our Summer 2020 production of Little Shop of Horrors – a choice made neither lightly nor easily. Rest assured that a number of factors were considered before making our final decision.
First and foremost was the health and safety of our patrons, our cast & crew, our workers, and the community at large. In these uncertain times of constantly shifting numbers and projections, we needed to make an educated and responsible decision based on what is, not what we hope will/could be two months from now.
The second factor was a financial one. We at the DPRCA have always been proud of the fact that we offer competitive pay to our actors and musicians. Weighing the cost of salaries, costumes, set, makeup, and rights/royalties against the amount of money that we could possibly bring in over the course of the summer (operating at a drastically reduced capacity) made us realize that forcing a summer show just wouldn’t be financially viable. In fact, even in a best-case scenario, we would be looking at a significant revenue loss. And while it shouldn’t always “be about the money” (especially in the Arts), we have a responsibility to ourselves to ensure our ability to continue producing the wonderful art for which we are known.
Which brings us to the third factor. For 28 years the DPRCA has been a high-water mark in the Performance Arts community. Our patrons have come to expect a certain level of quality in our performances and we have continually met (and hopefully exceeded) those expectations. With the current state of things, there was no way that we would have been able to live up to our end of the bargain. Our refusal to compromise quality will, we sincerely hope, be something that our faithful patrons will respect and applaud.
While we are sad, we are not without hope! We are excited to announce that, in place of our summer show, we will be putting on a series of outdoor cabaret-style concerts. While the exact details are still being refined, what we can tell you is that every other Sunday, starting June 14th, there will live music outside of the Latte Lobby (during which the Lobby will also be open for take-out orders). This will allow patrons to practice social distancing (stay in your cars, set up lawn chairs on the sidewalk, etc.) while enjoying musical selections from various stage- and film-musicals performed by our wonderful stable of DPRCA talent (with some special guest stars sprinkled in here and there). Specific details will come with the formal announcement, so be on the lookout for that.
In closing, we hope that you and your loved ones are in good health and that you are finding positive ways to adapt to the new world in which we find ourselves living. Hopefully you have found some silver linings, maybe some peace and quiet, and perhaps a new focus and renewed excitement for the creative paths ahead. And so, for now: lights up, there will be a brief intermission…
With warm regards,
Deb, Elliott, and Erin
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