(April 20, 2020) – Kanata Theatre today announced that it has made the difficult decision to cancel the remainder of its 2019-2020 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Effective immediately, the two remaining shows of the season “Quartet” and “Opening Night” are suspended and the Board is looking at potential opportunities to re-schedule. As well, theKYOS show, “Honk! Jr.” and all scheduled rentals at Ron Maslin Playhouse are also cancelled. A decision on how the 2020-2021 season will roll-out will be taken by the Board of Directors, in consultation with directors of the scheduled shows, over the next couple of months.
“This marks the first time in its 51 year history that Kanata Theatre has had to cancel the rest of its season,” said Cameron Bishop, Director of Publicity for Kanata Theatre, “However, it is necessary given the ongoing public health prohibitions on mass gatherings and the need to ensure the safety and health of all volunteers, cast & crew members and our patrons”.
“We encourage patrons, who are in a position to do so, to consider donating the amount paid for tickets as a way to show support for Kanata Theatre,” said Anna Filia, Director of Box Office, “Those opting to donate will receive a tax receipt by the end of February 2021, if the amount being donated is $20 or more. This will help us minimize the financial impact to the theatre”.
For those opting not to donate, Kanata Theatre will be offering the following options to those who have purchased tickets:
Please be patient with us, as we are an all-volunteer organization, trying to do our best to serve your needs at this difficult time. It may take us 4-6 weeks to issue refunds. Should patrons have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. No phone calls please.
Kanata Theatre will continue to follow advice from Ottawa Public Health and the Public Health Agency of Canada to ensure our decisions and actions are based on the best available evidence and facts. For more detailed information about and general precautions regarding COVID-19, please visit the Public Health Agency of Canada.