It was almost two weeks ago that Hampton Hill Theatre closed due to growing concerns about the Coronavirus, thus denying our young actors the opportunity to perform their Spring term production of Annie Jr. This was hugely disappointing for all involved particularly as everyone had worked so hard in the build up to opening night.
So what has happened in those two weeks?
Our priority is to ensure our Hampton Hill and Twickenham casts are given their opportunity to perform Annie Jr. as soon as possible. We believe every project should provide a platform for children to not only share their work, but to feel a sense of achievement and accomplishment at the end of it and we are determined to make this happen for our students.
The two largest barriers to overcome concern performance rights and venue and I’m delighted to confirm that we’ve taken positive steps forward on both fronts.
Music Theatre International have agreed to pend the existing license until the situation becomes clearer giving us the option to perform the show outside of the agreed period without incurring further costs. We are extremely grateful to MTI for their flexibility and support.
The situation with Hampton Hill Theatre is a little less clear but at the time of writing our wonderful set is still standing on stage with costumes stored safely in the dressing room. The Theatre has kindly offered to look after our set for the next three months until we know more, and we have put in a request to stage our production as soon as the venue re-opens. We’ll keep our fingers crossed that the Theatre are able to accommodate us, however if not, we will look for an alternative venue where we can stage the show. We will of course keep you updated on developments and give you as much notice as possible when we have dates confirmed.
Thank you for your ongoing support and we look forward to seeing you all again soon.