Dear Swamp Meadow Community,
I wanted to reach out to everyone to let you know what our plans are for our upcoming productions with regard to COVID-19 (aka Coronavirus). As things stand now, the show must go on, so to speak, but we’re paying close attention to the changing landscape around us. This means that Foster Follies, on April 3rd, Into the Woods on May 8–10 and 15–17, the Summer Children’s production of Schoolhouse Rock: The Musical, and the Summer Unplugged production of Trail to Oregon are all still expected to happen as planned.
Of course, we are at the mercy of our performance venues and whether or not they remain open. So we will keep you up to date if and when things change.
We are taking some measures to ensure the safety of our cast and crew and ask that everyone participating in any of our productions follow these guidelines:
- We are suspending rehearsals for Into the Woods for one week (and looking into video-conference-based work in the meantime) and will reassess late next week.
- When we do have rehearsals, we ask anyone with symptoms or who has been around anyone with symptoms to please stay home.
- We are asking everyone to generally give each other a wider berth than usual and try to stay at least three feet from each other as much as is possible when rehearsing scenes.
- Wash hands frequently (while practicing your lines or a song) for at least twenty seconds.
We will keep an eye on the happenings here in Rhode Island and if things take a turn for the worse, or quarantines are recommended, etc. then we will respond accordingly.
We value the safety and well-being of our community and feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions or concerns (my address is below).
Please be well, take precautions, and err on the side of being over-careful. Hopefully this will blow over and none of our shows will be impacted at all.
Andy Affleck, Executive Director, Swamp Meadow Community Theater