Important Update on our 2020 Youth Summer Camps

A letter from our Executive Artistic Director:
 
 
May 15th, 2020
My Dearest Patrons, Families, and Campers,
As we all know, we are living through a historic COVID-19 pandemic like we have not seen before. This is causing many lives to be turned upside-down, and we know this first hand.
Since March 13th, 2020, Western Reserve Playhouse had to shut its doors. Our beloved barn has sat there cold, quiet, and waiting for life to return. We had hoped that we would be reopened right now and art could be made on our stage, classes could be taught, and love could wrap its arms around us and help us heal. But this is not the case. We are still waiting for our artistic lives to return.
I have been following Governor DeWine’s talks everyday, speaking to task forces about the arts, working with other arts organizations to come up with a plan to reopen, and making list after list on how to make WRP safe for all of our patrons, volunteers, students, and actors.
As I do see some light at the end of the tunnel, I believe that arts organizations like ours will have to wait longer to reopen and bathe in that light we so desperately want to see. I am redeveloping our 2020-2021 Season, working alongside my wonderful staff to come up with exciting ways to reinvent the artistic wheel, and going over the budget to find room for the expenses needed to make the barn fit the new government guidelines, as well as our own guidelines that we at WRP are going to implement.
With that being, said I have had to make some more hard decisions, and these are mine and mine alone. I am blessed to have a board that is standing beside me.
*All 2020 Summer on-sight YAT Camps are cancelled.*
 As I am  typing these words I am crying, this wasn’t an easy decision to make and anyone who knows me knows that arts education is one of those platforms I believe in, to the core of my being. But with the uncertainty of what this virus can still do, as a mother I can’t put children in harm’s way. 
 
(We ask at this time that you please do not call the theater, as our staff is working remotely and will be in touch with you as soon as possible)
We will be contacting those who have signed up with these several options:
– A gift certificate in the value of the camp
– Credit for any online virtual classes we will be offering later this summer
– Donation to WRP
– Refund of the camp price.
*The $5 Buck Series “Hand to God” by Robert Askins that was to be performed May 17, 2020 is cancelled.
*The performances of Checkov’s “The Seagull” that was to run June 5-20 have been postponed.
*The $5 Buck Series, “The Cake” by Bekah Brunstetter has been cancelled.
I hope you all know this wasn’t an easy decision for me or WRP to make. However, I value the health and safety of our students, patrons, staff/volunteers, and actors. If there is anything we can help you with during this time, please, please ask.
If, by any chance, you have some extra finances and want to know what to do to help, we are accepting donations through our website:

It’s a horrible thing to ask in a time like this, but WRP is enduring hit after hit during this pandemic, and the cancellation of our summer camps is hurting far more than we could ever imagine.
We can never thank you enough for all your support over the years.
Sincerely,
Dawn Sniadak-Yamokoski
Executive Artistic Director
Western Reserve Playhouse
330-620-7314

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