SARASOTA, FLA.: Asolo Repertory Theatre has announced adjustments to its 2020-21 season programming. The previously announced production of Billy Elliot: The Musical, set to open Nov. 22, has been pushed to fall 2021. Ken Ludwig’s The Three Musketeers, originally scheduled to open Jan. 15, 2020, has been canceled.
“[Billy Elliot: The Musical] would require a long rehearsal period starting in October for 12 school-aged children,” said producing artistic director Michael Donald Edwards in a statement. “With schools uncertain of their own openings and rightfully limiting activities of all kinds, we felt we should not bring these young artists into our theatre.”
The remaining shows in Asolo Rep and FSU Conservatory’s 2020-21 season lineup will be presented as planned. In addition, the company will continue to produce virtual works and classes on its online platform, Asolo Rep Engage. The theatre is also exploring options for outdoor performances.
“We’re leaving no stone unturned in considering ways to safely gather and share in-person live performances,” said Edwards in a statement. “Our imaginations are running wild with creativity to bring you immersive, thrilling performances that will change the way you experience theatre.”
Patrons who have already purchased subscriptions will receive credits for the two canceled performances. Subscribers can use the credits to purchase additional shows this season, put the credits toward a 2021-22 season subscription, donate the cost of the tickets to the theatre, or receive a refund.
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