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Special Message Regarding COVID-19

Dear Friends of CCT,

I wanted to personally provide a CCT update as we manage the changes caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Our paramount concern is that everyone remains vigilant to limit the impact of the pandemic. Much of what we have come to accept as normal is in question. What is not in question is our commitment to our students, families, staff and collaborators.

Please note the status update for the following productions and programs as of August 10, 2020:

Thank you for your patience with us as we worked through our 2020 CCT Summer Camp strategy. As you might imagine, the CCT Board of Trustees and staff had - and continue to have - difficult decisions to make during this unprecedented time. The COVID-19 pandemic has affected our organization in ways we did not anticipate – operationally, logistically, financially, and emotionally.

Theatre companies around the globe have shuttered their doors; some until as late as May 2021. Even Broadway, the pinnacle of live theatre in America, has postponed all productions until May 2021. Of course, the safety of your children and families outweighs any financial damages we suffer. Our promise to this community has always been, “To Provide a Safe Space for Children to Explore, Learn, and Thrive.” SAFE is the operative word here.

We respectfully ask you that you accept the following 2021 CCT Value Pack in lieu of a refund:

  1. Family 4-Pack of Premium Ticket Vouchers (Orchestra Level) for our April 2021 production of the beloved classic, THE WIZARD OF OZ at the Lincoln Theatre. (This title has NOT been announced yet. Please keep CONFIDENTIAL).
  2. Guaranteed backstage passes for your entire family (upon your request) for THE WIZARD OF OZ.
  3. $50.00 Discount Voucher for 2021 Academy classes or Summer Camps.

It is a little known fact that small arts organizations like CCT rely heavily on contributed income – donations from people like you and me. If you would like to donate the full amount of your registration fees, we will issue you an official Tax Credit Letter to use as a 2020 income tax deduction. Letters will be sent following the end of our 2020 Summer Camp season.

In the event that you do not wish to participate in our Virtual Summer Camp offerings, please consider our request to convert your 2020 Summer Camp registration fees to donations or the 2021 CCT Value Pack to help protect YOUR Columbus Children's Theatre. Working together will be the very best way to ensure CCT is stable and secure once it is safe to reopen.

If you have not already done so, please contact John Faas at john@columbuschildrenstheatre.org to secure your Value Pack or with any questions, comments or concerns. Email is the preferred method of communication due to our remaining staff working from home. Please DO NOT call the office general line as we are all still working remotely.

The negative financial impact of these cancellations is enormous for a company of our size. However, the financial impact is minimal compared to the disappointment of the students, families, and local artists impacted by the COVID-19 virus. As a small/mid-sized cultural institution, we rely heavily on the community to sustain our operations...and now more than ever.

If our organization has touched your family through our Academy Classes, Summer Camps, Productions, Volunteerism, or through your Philanthropic Support...I ask you to make a contribution to Columbus Children's Theatre today.

We have no idea how long we will have to "weather this storm." However, when the sky does clear and the "gates swing open", we hope to remain the place where the youth of Columbus can come running for their artistic fulfillment.

Your support can ensure this.

Please take care of yourselves and your loved ones.


Susan Pringle
Executive Director
Columbus Children's Theatre





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