Dearest Conservatory Families, Students and Friends,
Let me start by saying how lucky and thankful we are to have had your incredible support during this unprecedented time. We have been so moved by the generous outpouring of love, kind words, and help. This pandemic has truly shown the best of our patrons and students and we couldn’t be more grateful to you all! We hope you and your loved ones are staying healthy and safe!
Among the many difficult decisions we have had to face together, today we share one that has been weighing heaviest on our hearts and minds. After months of carefully following and evaluating the evolving COVID-19 situation, Hillbarn Theatre & Conservatory has made the difficult and values-based decision to cancel all in-person activities this summer. This includes all of our summer camps.
We arrived at this difficult conclusion after ongoing conversations with local, regional, and federal medical authorities and other experts, as well as deep exploration by our staff and leadership teams. Ultimately, we determined that there are simply too many risks to hold our programs as usual. Although we continued to plan, prepare, and hold out hope for another exciting summer, the risks posed by COVID-19 threaten our most sacred values: the health and well-being of our children, staff, and faculty that attend camp, along with their families back home.
However, we are thrilled to announce that we will be moving to an online camp model and are excited for you all to join us! It’s certainly going to be different than what we’re used to, but with the incredibly creative staff we have, we are confident that this summer will still provide the same enriching experience as those in the past. At this time everyone is trying to adapt and learn new skills to make sure we can continue to work closely with our students and families and continue to develop their skills! Let’s get creative, think outside the box, color outside of the lines, and make this summer one that we never forget!
We are deeply thankful to all of you! We know that camp extends far beyond physical locations and buildings; it’s a part of who we are and lives in the hearts and friendships forged over many years. We’ve learned this lesson by overcoming difficult circumstances in the past, and as we face our most significant challenge to date, we are strengthened by this incredible community and conservatory family we’ve all created.
I look forward to the day when we can all be together again soon. In the meantime, stay well and I hope to see you online with us this summer!
Best, Randy O’Hara