Act One Update

Act One 2020 Theatre Summer Camp : Changes To and Status Of the Program

Posted: June 16, 2020.

In accordance with the Province of Ontario state of emergency guidelines and to do its part to combat the current pandemic, Act One suspended all programs, effective March 18th. Recently, as the province has begun to reopen, the provincial government announced its approval for summer day camps to reopen, effective July 1st, subject to published guidelines for their operation this summer. Act One sought and received confirmation that its Theatre Summer Camp program does qualify as a "day camp" under the announcement. We have also been thoroughly reviewing the posted camp guidelines and determining how these impact out program format and how best we can modify things to comply. This announcement outlines the key changes we feel we have to make in order to ensure compliance with the guidelines. More specific details will be published closer to actual session start dates. We also wish to update everyone on the status of the program's sessions.

Camp Format Changes

After a thorough review of the day camp guidelines published by the Ontario Ministry of Health, we have had to make a number of modifications to the camp format. While this does allow us to offer a theatre camp experience this summer, it does have some unfortunate implications.

The key changes are as follows:

Camp Session Status Confirmation

While Act One is ready to proceed with the camp sessions, we are dependent upon getting access to the City of Pickering's Greenwood Park complex. At present, all City of Pickering facilities remain closed until at least the end of June. We have not yet received any information regarding the city’s plans for July and August. We are expecting this shortly but at present this means that we can not guarantee any session will be able to run, as this is currently out of our control.

To address this uncertainty, Act One has implemented the following process:

Act One hopes this information proves helpful for many. We look forward to being able to provide more information and certainty in the near future.