Despite the fact that we would love to be in the theatre with all of our fantastic young performers, we strongly believe that during this uncertain time, our best plan is our safest plan. And that means bringing our brand new Online Summer Program right to a screen near you!
Through our various social media platforms (Find us @OLTSUMMER2020) and through our website here we’ll be offering free activities, daily physical warm-ups, tips & tricks and more to ready you for your theatre-filled life (once our “intermission” is over). Connect with us for our INTERVIEW SERIES, a new podcast-style series with engaging interviews on a wide range of fascinating topics.
Our online program will also include opportunities to extend your experience for a small and reasonable cost. These will include three WORKSHOPS every week on how to create/find the perfect 32-bar cut for your next audition, how to pick up choreo quickly and accurately, how to make a character as fully developed as possible regardless as to how many lines they have, and many more. We will also be offering PRIVATE LESSONS for those who want to learn 1-on-1 or those who are looking to continue building their skills and talents. Finally, we will be looking to offer a number of MASTER CLASSES, allowing participants to perform a prepared song or monologue, receive coaching on how to better their performance, and observe other young performers do the same. We are very excited to offer all of these excellent educational and fun opportunities to the young performers and theatre-interested youth in the community. You don't need to be a member of OLT, nor have been involved in any of our prior summer programs.
Connect to our Summer Program page for additional details including information on our registration, curriculum and the option to purchase participation credits.
MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT
The lights will be back on at many of the places you value and have missed as Durham Region moves to the next stage of the Province’s reopening plan. While the economy rebuilds in many sectors, responsible pacing still calls for a continued suspension to live theatre, and so the lights at Oshawa Little Theatre will remain dark for now.
The Board continues to navigate a path for the theatre that will ensure we remain financially stable and artistically relevant. Although performances on our stage are on hold for the foreseeable future, OLT is alive and well as we enter our third week of a refocused and refreshed summer education program. Funded largely through a Canada Summer Jobs grant, our team of instructors is taking this summer’s program in an accessible direction delivering daily programming through various online methods. Participants are following us on social media at #OLTSUMMER2020 to join in on daily workouts that rotate between movement, vocal and mental focusses. The program includes masterclass and workshop opportunities at affordable session-based rates, as well as select daily engagements (such as the workouts) that we are offering for free! An overview of the program is presented on our website.
The Board and its COVID response team remain committed to the safe and orderly re-opening of the theatre once governing restrictions are lifted. I know this team shares your eagerness for performances to return to our stage, and they certainly hear your hesitancy that this not be done in haste. The sets and costumes for Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, the closing show of our 2019/20 subscription commitment, remain ready-to-go at the theatre, just awaiting the opportunity for the cast and production team to safely be reassembled. While consideration of our 2020/21 season has not gone amiss, we must first determine an achievable delivery plan for the balance of our current season.
At its recent meeting, the Board has agreed to extend the current membership for all those who were paid members during the 2019/20 season. Those members will automatically have their membership recognized through to July 31, 2021. Planning for our Annual General Meeting, typically held in early-October, is also proceeding while being mindful that its structure may change. Updates on this, as with other affairs of the theatre, will be posted on our website as they occur.
I hope you and your families are healthy and well. Inquiries to the theatre, including messages to our box office and via our social media spaces, are checked frequently and updates to our business intentions will continue to be posted on our website. We remain optimistic that a future announcement will include details of a safe and respectful reopening of the theatre, and a return to those times when our theatre family can be together again.
July 20, 2020