May 27, 2020
Greetings WAG Families,
We hope this letter finds you and your family well and in good spirits. These past few months have been a challenge for all of us, and the Wylie Acting Group board of directors have been in regular communication regarding how we proceed amid the current Covid-19 crisis. I’m happy to write this letter as an update and announcement of our formal plan to proceed with our 2020 season.
Our Guidance: Minimum Standard Health Protocols
Texas Governor Greg Abbot has proceeded with his “Open Texas” initiative, and most recently updated the state on Monday, May 18th. His office has released guidelines in the form of “Minimum Standard Health Protocols” (MSHP) to guide various organizations on how to cautiously reopen and serve their communities.
In light of the May 18th update, Wylie Acting Group will be adopting the protocols pertaining to youth and children-based operations. Since we also have live performances, we will be adopting the MSHP for Movie Theatre as regards to our interactions with an audience. All of these protocols can be found on the State of Texas website. Additionally, please see the attached WAG Coronavirus Plan.
We Are Open!
In-person rehearsals resume on Wednesday, May 27th. Furthermore, our Summer Camps and 2020 Show Season will proceed as planned! In order to do so, we all must take care to abide by the MSHPs to limit the spread of Covid-19. Please be attentive (and your children as well!) to all signage and communication WAG sends regarding different protocols for parents, volunteers, and participants. EACH IS DIFFERENT so please pay attention to which protocols apply to you.
As a reminder, all participants at WAG, including volunteers, performers, production team members, and crew must sign a liability waiver. This means we’re all doing this at our own risk. We will not ask anyone to sign an additional waiver at this time, but it is paramount that anyone who participates understands the personal risks involved with regathering at our facility.
Plan for Shows
We are currently exploring ways to facilitate contactless shows. eTickets, virtual playbills, and cashless concessions plans are in the works. We are evaluating these to determine whether and how we can implement these plans. The goals is to minimize touch as much as possible, arrange for a traffic flow that limits congestion, and regularly sanitize the most commonly touched surfaces.
Some (anticipated) FAQs:
- What is the protocol for wearing masks and distancing?
- Off-stage: Masks and distancing will be strongly encouraged for EVERYONE in the building. Masks will be required for concessions staff, and close proximity volunteers such as make-up techs.
- On-stage: Masks and distancing WILL NOT be applied
- What if someone shows symptoms?
- Anyone with symptoms will be restricted from participation until either a negative covid-19 test is confirmed or 72 hours have passed since fever and 10 days since symptoms first appeared.
- Anyone with a positive covid-19 test will be restricted from participation until at least 72 hours have passed since their last fever and 10 days since symptoms first appeared.
- How will you handle audiences?
- At this time we will ask audience members to self-screen according to signage displayed at our entry. We will limit audience size and seating arrangement according to movie theatre protocols at this time.
Special Warning for Age 65+ and Immune Compromised
All parents, guardians, and audience members must be aware of the enhanced risk of WAG participants being in direct contact with anyone age 65 or older or who has a compromised immune system for 14 days after participation in rehearsal, camp, or a show.
Your Support and Additional Questions:
We are truly blessed with some amazing families who regularly give their time and resources to support Wylie Acting Group. Our earnest desire is to successfully navigate this crisis and continue that partnership for years to come. In this special time of need, please consider ways that you can help us safely and effectively provide youth and families the opportunity to experience the magic of theatre.
For additional questions, please first consult the MSHPs for Youth Day Camps and Movie Theaters as well as our website for our Corona Virus Plan. If you still have questions, please contact Josh Hargrove at firstname.lastname@example.org.
President, Wylie Acting Group
April 1, 2020
Wylie Acting Group has been working closely to monitor protocols and CDC recommendations due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19). We take the safety and security of our patrons and volunteers very seriously and right now our community’s health is our highest priority. With the recent developments in the spread of this virus and under the direction of our City and State authorities, our theater must remain closed for the time being. Therefore, the WAG Board of Directors are working behind the scenes during this COVID-19 quarantine to reschedule as many of our planned productions as possible.
Please stay up to date with us by visiting our website and following us on social media. We appreciate your understanding and patience as we navigate this uncertain time together.
We can’t wait to light up our stage again for you!
March 18, 2020
Wylie Acting Group has been working closely to monitor protocols and CDC recommendations due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19). The WAG Board of Directors has not been notified of any known cases of COVID-19 within our WAG families. We take the safety and security of our patrons and volunteers very seriously and right now our community’s health is our highest priority. With the recent developments in the spread of this virus the WAG Board of Directors feels it is best to postpone our auditions for Young Frankenstein. Please stay up to date with us by visiting our website and following us on social media. We appreciate your understanding and patience as we navigate this uncertain time together.
March 13, 2020
Your health and safety are our top priority!
Wylie Acting Group is working to closely monitor protocols regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19). To be clear, there are currently no known cases of COVID-19 with any of our WAG families.
The safety and security of our patrons and volunteers is our highest priority. We will follow the guidance of our local government regarding recommended strategies for venues like ours.
Currently, we are on a natural break between productions in our 2020 calendar. Here are the
scheduled WAG activities and our plans at this time:
Saturday, March 14 th – Theatre & Storage Clean Out Day – cancelled
Saturday, March 21 st – Auditions for Young Frankenstein
- Auditions will run as scheduled for all healthy actors (no positive tests for COVID or
symptoms) – please check the audition registration information for details at
- We will be happy to review any requested video auditions in lieu of in-person auditions
– please register online and send a video of your self-selected one-minute memorized
monologue and two (2) contrasting songs – each cut one-minute max. Please email a
link to your video to the YF production manager at email@example.com.
- Rehearsals for Young Frankenstein will run as scheduled unless new guidance is
We remain vigilant, and we are prepared to make decisions based on current needs as well as in
response to changing conditions. We will be disseminating more detailed communications about this as the situation changes. Please be sure to follow us on Facebook for the most up-to-date information. If you have any further questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Thank you all for taking this matter seriously and for your commitment to maintaining the health, safety, and well-being of our theatre community.
The Wylie Acting Group Board of Directors
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