The lights won’t be coming on at the Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre stage for a while after several shows have been cancelled or postponed amid growing COVID-19 concerns.
The Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre Society (VPAC) is re-examining its earlier decision to continue with upcoming shows despite COVID-19.
In light of the March 16 announcement from the B.C. health admistration to postpone all events with more than 50 people, the VPAC is taking a second look at which performances will be postponed.
Show changes include
• Thrash Wrestling, March 20 at Schubert Centre cancelled
• Dino-Light, March 22 postponed
• Jane Goodall, March 24, postponed to Sept. 28
• Irish Mythen, March 24 at the Vernon Lodge postponed
• Colin James March 26 postponed
• Fred Penner March 27 cancelled
• NOCCA II Violoncello Italiano! March 28 cancelled
• Birthday Present for Myself April 1 postponed
• Okanagan Symphony Orchestra Bach’s Playlist April 2 cancelled
• The Great Benjamins Circus April 7 cancelled
• The Rocket Man – Tribute to Elton Jonn April 7 postponed
• Elvis on Tour Live April 11 cancelled
• Afrique en Cirque April 22 postponed
• Ben Hur at Powerhouse Theatre postponed
“Dr. Jane Goodall remains in good health at her home in the United Kingdom and expects to resume her global outreach when the risks associated with the disease have abated,” the Jane Goodall Institute of Canada wrote in a statement. “In the interim, Dr. Goodall will continue her work, albeit remotely, as a global advocate for the health of the planet.”
Tickets to An Evening with Dr. Jane Goodall remain valid for Sept. 28, 2020. Guests are encouraged to contact the Ticketseller box office directly for information and instructions on handling tickets and processing reimbursement if this rescheduled date does not suit your availability.
The St. Patrick’s Day Celebration with Cod Gone Wild slated for March 13 at Powerhouse Theatre was also postponed.
“This was a very difficult decision to make as we are all full-time musicians who rely on playing and performing shows for a living, but the well being and safety of our audience is most important at this time,” said Cod’s Andrew Mercer. “We hope this passes quickly so we can reschedule and get back out there soon.”
The North Okanagan Neurological Association also cancelled its March 13 Talent Show.
A couple of other more intimate events have also cancelled: the March 21 Coldstream Coffee House Live Music and the March 27 Paddlewheel Coffee House.
“Lots of older, senior people come out so we want to take all precautions,” organizer Carolyn Anele Dickson said.
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