In conjunction with its Physician Advisory Panel, Valley Youth Theatre will continue to pause its 2021-2022 season until the safety of its young performers is more certain.
“After lengthy conversations with our physician advisory panel, we have confirmed that it still too risky to put unmasked and unvaccinated young performers next to each other on stage and it is still unsafe for the young people in the audience” said Valley Youth Theatre’s Producing Artistic Director Bobb Cooper in a release.
He added, “while we know that many families will be disappointed that they won’t be able to experience the holiday tradition of A Winnie-The-Pooh Christmas Tail at VYT, we have to put the health and safety of our young people first.”
VYT’s Physician Advisory Panel consists of front-line workers, physicians and board members, according to a press release, who are available to answer questions and ensure VYT is consistent with its COVID policies.
“Parents want their children back on stage. We all want our children back on stage, but our decisions need to be based on guidance from health care professionals. That’s why we started our physician advisory panel,” Cooper stated.
While recent reports show that Arizona reportedly leads the nation in COVID-19 transmissions, Cooper and the panel are said to be encouraged by the recent approval of the COVID vaccine for children ages 5-11, and what it could mean for getting children back on VYT’s stage and in seats.
“We are excited for 2022,” said Cooper.
Valley Youth Theatre has continued its mission of inspiring young people to be the best that they can be through a wide variety of performing arts opportunities.
Through its classes, virtual programming, special events, community partnerships with VMLC, Hospice of the Valley and Phoenix Children’s Hospital, and its Literacy and The Arts school program, VYT has served over 1600 children since the start of the pandemic, noted the release.
Information on Valley Youth Theatre: vyt.com.
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