TASM 2020 – New plan!

TASM 2020 – New plan!

I hope you and your loved ones are in good health, and that you are finding positive ways to adapt to the new world we find ourselves living in. Hopefully you have found some silver linings, maybe some peace and quiet, and perhaps a new focus and renewed excitement for the creative paths ahead. And with the advent of warmer weather, I hope you have had a chance to get out and enjoy the impending summer.

Over the past 3 months, the St. Michael’s administration, health and maintenance teams and I have been carefully considering our options for summer 2020, poring over the strict regulations from the State of RI and the CDC, and discussing the realities of running camp at St. Michael’s. After much consideration, we feel very excited to be able to provide a scaled-down version of TASM this summer.

TASM camp will offer one session of Theatre Camp, from July 20-31, open to ages 9-18. Following RI State guidelines, the session will be divided into 3 self-contained “pods” of 13 campers each, who can work together to study, rehearse and perform their own show (Julius Caesar, a Musical, and Twelfth Night). Unfortunately, we cannot offer a Tech program for these shows this summer. In order to follow state regulations and maintain the health of each camper and staff, there will of course be other strict health guidelines that we all have to adhere to, from daily temperature checks to recording and streaming performances in lieu of inviting an audience onto campus.

We will need to get creative about the ways we collaborate, design and perform the shows – but that’s what we’re good at! TASM faculty, staff and campers have always been incredible in their ability to think outside the box and come up with innovative ways to make exciting theatre, and this is an opportunity to stretch our creativity in new directions. I have to say, I’m really excited about the challenge!

Here’s some detailed information about the transition to out new offerings:

  • Pod placement will be determined by the order and sessions for which campers registered.
  • I will be reaching out to offer the first 13 spots in each pod to campers later this evening.
  • I will also notify you if you are on the waitlist for a production, and will start opening up those spaces if/when they become available.
  • The tuition for this new session will be $715.
  • Tuition payments already made will be transferred to the new session.
  • If you have a credit, your session has been cancelled or if you cannot attend, you can opt to receive a full refund of any tuition paid, or transfer it forward to summer 2021.

It is so disappointing that some of TASM’s sessions have to take a break this summer. And I truly regret that we have to push off introducing the Stories on Stage sessions. However, I look forward to starting that new chapter of TASM next summer, by which point our younger actors will be positively bursting with creativity.

While I am heartbroken to not run a full summer of TASM fun this year, I am so grateful that we can still come together, even if on a smaller scale, to get inspired and do some theatre! And looking forward to 2021, I can’t wait to return to our jam-packed calendar of shows, our new Stories on Stage program, and a belated 20th anniversary celebration!

In the meantime, please join me in staying healthy, finding safe ways to connect, and celebrating each other’s talent.

All my best,

Christy

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