Missouri State institution Tent Theatre is the latest event to fall victim to the COVID-19 outbreak.
Officials with Tent Theatre announced Monday that they are canceling the 2020 season.
“With the mission of our organization, the decision to cancel the season is unprecedented and not made lightly,” officials said in a statement. “Tent Theatre is unlike many summer companies. With close to 10,000 patrons each year, ticket sales and vending operations account for a significant portion of the operating budget. The difficult choice to cancel the 2020 summer season provides more stability for our company and safety for our patrons, thus ensuring our unique mission for the next generation of performers.”
Ticket holders will be contacted by staff with the options of donating the value of their tickets to the program, get tickets for the 2021 season, or receive a full refund.
Due to staff working remotely, refunds and responses could be delayed as the team navigates systems for remote work.
“We carry with us years of support from the community of Springfield, the University, and all of our committed local business partners,” the statement reads. “We all look forward to welcoming our devoted audiences to our community as we anticipate the first performance in 2021. As always, we are immensely grateful for your commitment and interest in Tent Theatre. You have embraced our organization and for that we thank you. Like many other performance companies, we need your support, understanding, and generosity, now and throughout the coming year. We wish you and yours good health as we all navigate these somber times.”