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Last season we made the difficult decision to cancel both our Mainstage and our Educational Outreach Programming for the summer. This was done to ensure the safety of our actors, staff, teaching artists, students, parents, and patrons. This year as things have slowly begun to shift in a positive direction, we were hopeful we may be able to bring our beloved D.G. Menchetti Young Shakespeare Program back to the community along with our Mainstage work. However, after much consideration we have decided to pause the program for this season.
We are pausing Young Shakespeare to ensure the continued safety of our teaching artists, students and their families, and our audiences. We love this program and so it was a difficult decision for us to make. However, a key component of Young Shakespeare is that it offers young student actors from local middle and high schools the opportunity to work with our professionally trained teaching artists. As we are still not able to work with students in-person in a somewhat controlled environment of a school setting, we feel it would be irresponsible of us to place them in a scenario where we were bringing them into different spaces each day and potentially into contact with hundreds of people (some from different areas of the country), in venues where we did not have full control of the protocols.
Instead, we will use this time to continue serving young people in the community by working with Washoe County School District to provide online workshops and classes for those students who, this year, must remain in school in June and July.
This is just a pause.
D.G. Menchetti Young Shakespeare will make a most joyous and triumphant return in 2022, when young people in our communities can come together again safely to enjoy the magic of theatre through the work of the world’s greatest poet, William Shakespeare.
With gratitude and best wishes to all,