Pittsburg Community Theatre cancels remainder of season

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PITTSBURG, Kan. — Pittsburg Community Theatre Board of Directors announced this week that the group has canceled the remainder of its 2020 season, a season that was to include four productions.

The first, Xanadu, was to have opened April 3 but was postponed as the pandemic took hold. The remainder — Matilda, Dracula, and All is Calm — were planned for July, October, and December. The board also has canceled a longstanding children’s summer theatre workshop, Jr. Starz, which had been planned for June.

“We’ve been wrestling with what to do about our 2020 season. We were looking forward to it because of the diversity we believed it would offer performers, crews, and our audiences,” said Joella Skyles, board president. “The decision to cancel wasn’t easy. But the safety of the lives we impact, from cast, to crew, to audiences, is a priority.”

The City of Pittsburg announced last month that Memorial Auditorium, PCT’s home since its official start in 1981, will remain closed through July, and health officials have cautioned that even then, it might be too soon for large gatherings.

The board will be contacting members and underwriters in coming days, and plans to remain connected with patrons through social media,  with features such as Throwback Thursdays that showcase past productions, as well as links to online entertainment to enjoy this summer.

“We’ll keep our sights set on 2021 with the hope that once again, the curtain will go up and the magic will happen on our stage,” Skyles said.

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