Thank you for your patience as I have been conferring with STP leadership regarding appropriate planning for the next several weeks. There has been much prayer, many conversations, and discernment needed as we have considered many options as a response to COVID-19.
Beginning tomorrow, March 14, 2020, all rehearsals and classes are canceled through March 30, 2020. At this time, we will plan to resume classes on Monday, March 30, 2020. As you are aware, many public activities have been cancelled or postponed in recent days. Given the general concerns for the welfare of our students and families, we think this two-week stand down is an appropriate first step. We will continue to monitor new developments such as instruction from government leaders and medical professionals prior to deciding next steps beyond March 30, 2020, and will update you with new information.
We know that this will cause some concern among students about the status of their plays and rehearsals. We share that concern and want nothing more than to give everyone a chance to spread the Gospel on stage through their plays. We are continuing to work through contingency planning given the necessary change in the schedule. Again, we will update you as soon as we know more. For the time being, however, we encourage each of our classes that have yet to put on their play to continue to work on lines, songs, and choreography at home during this period of time as we hope to stay as close as possible to our original theatre performance schedule. For our Tuesday Homeschool class, please stay tuned for information regarding your show. We are working on a plan to re-schedule as many performances as possible. Please keep working on lines, songs, and choreography at home.
For our classes that have already put on their shows, please pray for our classes and directors who have had their rehearsal/production schedule disrupted. Please pray for peace for them – you know how excited you were about your show and how important every rehearsal is! This is quite a curve ball for them. They need all of our prayers and support!
We are meeting this weekend to work on contingency plans and will email classes separately with any additional updated information. Please understand that everything takes time, and we have a small staff trying to make all of these moving parts work together. Please pray as we work through all of the details.
Thank you for your grace. God uses all things for His glory, so look for Him in every moment of this difficult time. He is in the slowing down that is currently shaping our activities. In the time that we are apart, may He reveal more of His love, faithfulness, and mercy. May we find things to be glad about – even when it isn’t what we wanted or anticipated. May we enjoy this precious time with families, and may God show us ways to reach outside and serve our neighbors.
Leslie Hanna, Executive Director, Spiritual Twist Productions