The show must go on, but when? Local performing arts groups had their seasons upended when the Coronavirus hit.
Shows were canceled or postponed at the Cheyenne Civic Center, Cheyenne Symphony, and the Cheyenne Little Theatre.
The Symphony had three concerts planned to close out their season. All three have been re-scheduled. Mahler and Beethoven has been moved to August 8. The Symphony was going to play the music for Raiders of the Lost Ark while the film was shown on a large screen at the Civic Center. That event has been moved to September 13. And Beethoven in the Barn, originally scheduled for May 21, will now be performed on August 6.
The new season for the Cheyenne Symphony begins October 17. “We want people to feel like things have gotten back to a little more normal before we start trying to sell concert tickets again,” said Lindsey Reynolds, Executive Director of the Symphony. “Hopefully we can get the season announcement and season brochure out sometime in May.”
The Cheyenne Little Theatre Players had to shut down a show in the middle of its run. Wind in the Willows, a children’s show, had run one weekend out of the three that were planned, when the Theatre closed. The rest of the season included the musical Cabaret, and an out of season show, The Dead Guy.
“We're still looking at some opportunities to possibly bring some things back. We're playing the wait and see game as far as when restrictions are lifted,” said Todd Martin, Managing Director of the Cheyenne Little Theatre. The Dead Guy has been rescheduled for August 27. The new season begins September 18 with Mamma Mia.
Cabaret had about a week and a half of rehearsals before it was shut down. “They need a good 8 weeks to be able to whip that into shape. We're just kind of watching the clock right now to see if we might be able to do something with that show,” added Martin.
Martin said the theatre’s Board of Directors is still considering all options, including rescheduling or offering refunds or credits to season ticket holders. “It will all just depend on whether we're going to be able to reschedule Wind in the Willows or Cabaret for people that want to see those,” Martin said.
The Cheyenne Civic Center is going to be giving refunds to season ticketholders. “We are doing that,” said Amy Gorbey, venue manager for the Civic Center.
The season including touring Broadway productions of Bandstand and Riverdance. Those tours were canceled. Season ticketholders received 20% discounts on those shows, and are getting full refunds, including ticketing fees.
The first scheduled show on the Civic Center website is Jo Koy on Thursday, August 6. The Civic Center is working with the promoters of six other shows to reschedule them. “We rescheduled things for pretty far out. A good example of that would be Shen Yun. They have been rescheduled all the way out to next spring,” Gorbey added.