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Hello theatre camp families,

I hope this communication finds you well and flourishing in this challenging time.

I have been vacillating about what to do with theatre camp this summer.   I want to proceed into the summer as if all is normal and hold the camp as I think it is a significant and positive experience for everyone who attends.  However, I want to be wise and realistic.  This is not a normal summer.  I hope and pray we are heading to normalcy, but for now, we must be cautious.

At the beginning of May, the governor gave permission for camps to open on May 15, but this permission came with many restrictions to protect the campers and the staff.  The governor’s office issued a communicable disease management plan detailing guidance for summer camps.  Some of these protocols include: planning activities that don’t require close physical contact, enforcing the 6’ social distancing rule, providing 35 square feet for each child, wearing face masks, taking temperatures each day before admitting to camp, limiting groups to a maximum of 10, and maintaining logs detailing all interactions.  While the document addressed many other limitations that should be followed for safety, I have listed a few that led me to my decision.  Based on the nature of theatre, distancing and wearing face masks are not a viable option, nor is the staffing that I would have to hire for us to do our due diligence on disinfecting and monitoring.   After prayer and consultations, I have determined that theatre camp this summer will be cancelled.  Please know that I did not make this decision cavalierly or lightly, but that I desire to exercise wise leadership.  It is a difficult and disappointing conclusion; however, we plan to enthusiastically hold camp next summer in July, 2021. We will send a save the date poster via email sometime in the next couple of months.

If you have already pre-registered, we will be either sending you a full refund or returning your cheque.

I suspect many of you have been optimistically hoping, along with me, that camps would happen as normal.  I am sure that you and your children are ready to do something that enables them to get out of the house and provides a safe, welcoming and positive environment.  We want the same things, but right now, Corban theatre cannot in good conscience assure you that theatre camp could function safely and appropriately.

Praying that you and your family will be well and will find positive, healthy ways to spend your summer.

Tamara McGinnis
Associate Professor of English and Communication
Director of Theatre

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