PHOENIX – There’s an old adage in the entertainment world – that the show must go on, but that was before the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
With COVID-19 cases still high across Arizona, the Valley Youth Theater in downtown Phoenix is closing the curtain during the holidays.
The theater has already had to cancel its Halloween program. They had hoped to bounce back with the production of Winnie the Pooh during the holidays, but the pandemic had other plans.
The theater panel of doctors believe it is still too dangerous to wrap unmasked and unvaccinated children on the same stage.
“We felt we had to do everything we could to keep children safe and not to help spread COVID-19,” said Valley Youth Theater artistic director of production Bobb Cooper.
Cooper, who has worked in the theater for 25 years, says COVID-19 has canceled 11 productions in 18 months. They will continue to organize virtual productions, classes and occasional outdoor events, but before the show takes place here, it will be safety first.
“The Valley Youth Theater is a magical place, and we always do magic, given the circumstances we find ourselves in, but we will be back, better than ever,” said Cooper.
The theater hopes to mount a production of The Sleeping Beauty in February 2022.
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