We hope you are all keeping well and staying safe at home as much as possible. As with the rest of the country, Colchester Operatic Society has had to adapt its usual way of working to align with the current National crisis.
The CO2 workshop for Fame was held just before the Government advised for all clubs and groups to stop meeting. This was quickly followed by the announcement that Schools were to close, so we instantly postponed all rehearsals and the auditions for Fame. As things continue to move quickly, the Executive Committee have had to make the difficult decision to postpone all our planned productions for the next year. This includes Fame (CO2) and Shrek (COS).
As we cannot be sure when this crisis will pass and for the security of the Society we have made the decision not to put down any further deposits for services for any productions that may not be able to go ahead. At this point in time we cannot give any exact dates for when these postponed productions will be able to go ahead but we will be aiming for Fame in September 2021 and Shrek in Jan/Feb 2022. We understand how disappointing this decision is, but it is the right decision to make to safeguard our society financially, and to safeguard our members’ health during this pandemic.
This will be the first gap in productions since wartime in the Society’s history, highlighting just how extraordinary this situation is.
Once the crisis has passed, we will of course look to organising some workshops, as well as potentially organising a smaller scale production, depending on the timing and when it is safe to do so.
We will be keeping in touch with our members regularly through email, social media and this website.
Information and Support
You can find all the current Government advice regarding the coronavirus and forms of support they are currently offering here: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus
Thank you for taking the time to read this and for your continued participation and support of Colchester Operatic Society.
Katie Cutmore, Chair of Colchester Operatic Society and Colchester Operatic Society Executive Committee