Following the recent announcement of The Oakville Centre For The Performing Arts decision to close for the remainder of 2020, The Oakville Drama Series will be cancelling it's 2020-2021 Season. The closure of the venue was anticipated, given the safe pace the province has mandated in its plans to re-open the economy.
The Oakville Drama Series has been presenting plays at the Oakville Centre For the Performing since 1979 and this will be the first time in our history that we are not returning this fall.
While we originally slated to open the season this October with “The Laramie Project”, the decision to cancel had been a topic of discussion soon after we presented “Footloose The Musical” in March. The musical's last performance was just 5 days before province wide closures put a halt to everything but essential services.
Other factors that led to this decision included studying the financial impact posed by proposed social distancing measures, even when venues do re-open. Limited seating capacity means insufficient revenue to offset production costs. In addition, ongoing safety concerns also mean, you may still not be comfortable enough to attend a show (at least initially). We also also need to continue researching ideas on revising production workflows, including developing Covid-19 related workplace safety plans for our cast and crew during rehearsals. This will require more time to prepare, and in all likelihood added expenses.
As much as we remained hopeful in returning next season, The Oakville Centre closure is one of many factors that has essentially left us with no other choice but to cancel. Both groups operate as nonprofits and are volunteer run. We’ve concluded that our limited resources are best served to find ways to remain sustainable for the coming months and focus on preparing for the 2021-2022 season.
We will miss rounding up our talented and eager volunteers to put on our shows, however accept that this decision was vital to our future. We look forward to keeping you up to date on our plans going forward and can't wait to see you back in 2021!
On behalf of everyone at The Oakville Players and West End Studio Theatre, thank you for all your support in the past, now and in the future!
Until then, take care!
The Oakville Drama Series