This has been a long stretch of being separated from each other, but I think that as we begin to come together again, the good that comes from it all will be grateful hearts for so many things we once took for granted.
Now that restrictions are beginning to ease, I wanted to contact everyone to let you know what we are thinking for Circle. We are considering opening up classes through May so students can do final prep for presenting a showcase at the beginning of June. Please note that since the shut down has also affected our work at our new building, we are still working on getting it ready. If all goes well with inspections, etc., we think we can be in at the beginning of June. However, if we have to wait on inspections for each step of construction, it could take a little longer to finally get our certificate of occupancy. Also, If larger groups still cannot meet by June, we will film a video showcase. We would just like to salvage all the work our students have done this past school year and give them an opportunity to present a program in person if restrictions have been lifted enough by that time.
Since most of our classes are 10 or less, we feel we could open it up again. We would, of course, take precautions such as sanitizing everything, etc., and for our few larger classes, we would distance into two groups. The lobby would be closed so parents would have to wait in vehicles. For our littlest classes, we would let one parent wait in the lobby with distancing. We do understand that some may not be comfortable with coming together yet and we understand. Some either have or live with someone who has a compromised immune system and we totally understand that coming together at this point might not be best for those students.
Concerning Mary Poppins, sadly, we have had to reschedule that for the fall since restrictions still don't allow a group that large to be together at once at this point except for churches. We will however, let our Teen and Elite actors each perform a monologue at showcase if they so wish.
We will be calling each of you over the next couple of days to see where you stand on this. Please feel free to say that it won't work for you if that is your situation. No pressure at all. We look forward to speaking with you!