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The Pirates of Penzance Postponed

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The Pirates of Penzance.

Statement from Anchorage Opera

Dear Friends,

Our deep commitment to our community means that we must continue to play our role in stopping the spread of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The rapidly escalating situation in Alaska is overwhelming our hospitals and endangering our neighbors. We cannot in good conscience add fuel to the fire that is the Delta variant running rampant among us. Assembling the large cast, chorus, artistic team, crew, orchestra, and technical team of seventy-five members of our Anchorage Opera family for the extensive period of intimate staging and musical rehearsals, even with the most stringent mitigation protocols in place, would do just that.

We are deeply saddened that we are unable to bring much needed laughter to our community with Gilbert & Sullivan’s hilarious The Pirates of Penzance as planned but are working diligently to reschedule the production, hopefully with the same stellar artists, designers, and technical team.

As you may imagine, the postponement of this production impacts our company financially and the longer we wait to hit the brakes on it the more it would do so. We owe it to our Artists, Orchestra Musicians, Stage Director, Conductor, Chorus Master, Costume, Hair/Makeup and Set Designers to compensate them in part. All of them cleared their schedules to perform with us, sometimes turning down other work, and all have already invested a great deal of time and effort in their preparations. They are our family, and we cannot leave them in the lurch.

As Broadway in New York and opera companies across the country are beginning to fully open it may be difficult to understand why we have made this agonizing decision. The simple truth is that our state and our community are not at the same stage of the pandemic as the cities where that is occurring. With positivity rates still registering in the HIGH risk category in Anchorage we must honor our commitment to “Enrich. Inspire. Educate. Collaborate. Build Community, one note at a time” by doing everything in our power to protect each other. As we work together to overcome this challenge, we’re humbled and grateful in the knowledge that our strongest asset is the continuing support of our community. You are part of our Anchorage Opera family, and we can’t wait to bring you our 2021-22 Season of Healing, after what we hope will be a short “intermission”, when it is once again safe to do so. 

What are your options as a ticket holder?

If you are able, please consider an additional donation to help Anchorage Opera support our artists. Opera with all its ‘moving parts’, and opera singers in particular have proven to be one of the most efficient means of spreading the virus. Thank you for helping our artists survive financially to perform with us again. Learn more about the dedicated Artist Fund we’ve established for this purpose.

We thank you for your understanding, empathy, ongoing patience, and support as we continue to weather the storm of this pandemic.

The Staff and Board of Anchorage Opera

How May We Help?

Our all-Alaska staff is here to answer your questions and more. Call us at 907-263-ARTS (2787).

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