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Elf Has Been Canceled

To our dear patrons, performers, staff, and friends, 

 

With regret, we must inform you that the Fort Collins Children’s Theatre ( FCCT) Board has voted to cancel the 2021 production of Elf: The Musical. With over a year and a half of constant change, pivots, and trying to find a sense of normalcy, this decision is perhaps the most difficult decision we’ve had to make as a board. A full spectrum of insight was brought to the table, including: re/considering vaccine testing and requirements, politics, safety, personal choice, personal protective equipment (PPE), our children, our community…and so much more.

 

The Coronavirus has challenged every live theatre company and the highly contagious COVID variants are ramping up infections and spreading rapidly in every state in the US. According to infectious disease expert Pia McDonald, “any large event will have risks considering the current pandemic situation.” Whatever you may be feeling and whatever thoughts you may have in regard to this heartbreaking decision, please know that the FCCT Board is unified in our passion for live theatre and the FCCT mission that we support. This decision was painful, our discussion was respectful, and our votes divided. We did our best to account for staff, performers, patrons, and our community. 

 

Our reality check has come in many forms, including and not limited to: 

  • the rapid spread and likely exposure of the highly contagious COVID variants

  • dramatically rising case numbers and hospitalizations

  • the very real possibility of having to cancel the show in a few months after much hard work and investment 

  • The existence and increased reports of breakthrough cases (Wall Street Journal Breakthrough Cases)

The list is growing of events that are affected or canceled as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. A number of events have been modified to remove a live audience or to be purely held over teleconference; unfortunately, we are now on this list. While some companies are doing this, this is not an option for our production. We love theater as much as you, and this is why it is frustrating when it seems like there is no end to this. This is exhausting, and yet we know there is light at the end. Your understanding means the world to us. 

 

It’s important as a board that we recognize the performers who have spent time, energy, and nerves preparing for an audition as it may feel like this time was wasted. FCCT assures you time wasn’t wasted, live theater will come back. The FCCT Board of Directors decision to cancel is firm, and yet we welcome your thoughts, concerns, hopes, perhaps ideas of alternatives to a large auditorium production (and if you have ideas, we hope to have your hands-on help to make these become reality), and help shape our plan moving forward. 

 

We welcome you to share your ideas and thoughts here: info@fortcollinschildrenstheatre.org.

 

Kind Regards, Fort Collins Children’s Theatre 

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PAST SHOWS

2019 - James and the Giant Peach

2018 - The Little Mermaid

2017 - Mary Poppins

2016 - Beauty and the Beast

2015 - Shrek The Musical

2014 - Seussical

2013 - Willy Wonka

2011 - Cinderella

2009 - Babes in Toyland

2007 - Oliver

2006 - Once Upon a Mattress

2005 - Sound of Music

2004 - Cinderella

2003 - Wizard of Oz

2002 - Wind in the Willows

2001 -  Narnia

2000 - Aladdin

1999 - Jack and the Beanstalk

1998 - Pinocchio

1997 - Cinderella

1996 - Peter Pan

1995 - The Enchantment of Beauty and the Beast

1994 - The Wizard of Oz

1993 -  Magical Pied Piper

1992 - Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

1991 - Pinocchio

1990 - Old Mother Hubbard

1989 - Cinderella

1988 - Charlotte's Web

1987 - The Velveteen Rabbit

1986 - My Emperor's New Clothes

1085 - Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

1984 - Peter Pan

1983 - The Wizard of Oz

1982- The Hobbit

1981 - Once Upon a Clothesline

1980 - Tom Sawyer

1979 - Good Knight for a Dragon

1978 - Sleeping Beauty

1977 - Cinderella

1976 - The Owl and the Pussycat

1975 - Pinocchio

1974 - Alice in Wonderland

1973 - Snow White/Man in the Moon

1972 - The Little Mermaid

1971 - Tom Sawyer

1970 - Annabelle Broom

1969- The Invisible People

1968 - The Chessman & the Dancing Clock

1967- Pippi Longstocking

1966 - Rumpelstiltskin/The Time Funnel

1965 - The Golden Hoop/Let's Pretend

1964 - The Wizard of Oz/Little Women

1963 - Snow White and Rose Red

1962 - The Blue Bird/Cat on the Oregon Trail

1961 - Pig Prince/The Emperor's New Clothes

1960 - Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp

1959 - The Emperor's New Clothes

1958 -  Many Moons