From OHIO COMMUNITY THEATRE ASSOCIATION STATE BOARD OF DIRECTORS:
It is with great regret that we announce the cancellation of the 2020 OCTA Regionals, OCTA, Jr. and the OCTA State Conference 2020.
The COVID-19 situation posed new challenges, both in terms of safety and logistics, to our regionals, OCTA, Jr and OCTA State Conference and the decision to cancel was made after great deliberation by the OCTA State Board and Regional Reps. Our ability to guarantee a healthy environment for our participants throughout the experience was of primary importance in this decision. Even though the actual events are months away and the landscape is still very uncertain, the safety issues of rehearsal spaces, live performances, audience social distancing, hotel and buffet meals indicate cancellation as the wisest course for this year.
Participation in any OCTA event is an experience that cannot be replaced, and we are saddened that we cannot provide that opportunity for our participants and member theatres this year. Plans are already being made for the OCTA 2020-2021 Season.
On behalf of the entire OCTA State Board and our Regional Representatives, thank you for your continued interest and support of OCTA and our programs. We depend on your membership and participation to make OCTA a viable organization for community theatre participants across the state of Ohio to not only have educational opportunities but also to receive recognition for their efforts on and off the stage.
Break-a-leg to all our member theatres as we begin to re-open our theatres and tread the boards once again!
Joe Barton, President