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As I am sure that most people know, many shows and concerts have been cancelled and postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic that is occurring at the moment.
For John Abbott, this means that the production of Mary Poppins from the ALC theatre workshop has been cancelled, two weeks away from opening. The Professional Theatre production of Stage Door has also been cancelled.
For Montréal theatre, all the productions at Place des Arts, the Segal Centre, and the Centaur Theatre, to name a few, have been either cancelled or postponed.
All touring shows have been cancelled or postponed until further notice. This includes Elton John, Oh Wonder, Marie Mai, and more.
What does this mean for the arts? This is definitely a tough time for live shows, as they don’t have the same tools to access the public. You cannot bring the same experience to a living room that a live show provides. Many small productions may struggle financially to get back the money back that they already spent on the show. If possible, instead of getting refunds for the shows you planned on seeing, keep the tickets that you have purchased. This could help small companies sort out their finances, and you will possibly see it at a late date.
This isn’t nearly the biggest issue happening with the pandemic, but it is something you think about if you care about the arts.
Originally Published on www.bandersnatch.ca Vol.49 Issue 12 on April 1st, 2020