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Superintendent's Message: Adjusted Schedule for 'Elf: The Musical'

MARCH 9, 2022 — For the past two years, we have all been looking forward to our high school students’ production of Elf: The Musical. As you know, the original March 2020 production was postponed indefinitely at the beginning of the pandemic. The long delayed and much anticipated opening night, scheduled for Friday, March 11 is something our students and community have been looking forward to for many reasons.

Last night, we experienced a significant setback with the stage lighting in the auditorium. The outdated dimmer rack that powers our stage lights was a priority in the capital project that the community approved in December 2019. Unfortunately, the dimmer rack failed before the capital project could begin. Last night and this morning we made extensive efforts to fix the equipment, but it is not salvageable. The installation of a new dimmer rack is a complicated process that can only be accomplished through a capital project.

Today we have been working with the Theatre Experience staff, our Facilities Department, and outside contractors to identify potential solutions to support the production of Elf: The Musical. We have succeeded in renting equipment that will provide a temporary power source for the stage lights.

Unfortunately, it will take a little time for the rented equipment to be installed and the lights to be refocused for the production. Therefore, the opening performance is postponed until Sunday, March 13. Listed below is the adjusted schedule for both weekends of the musical.

Sunday, March 13          2 p.m.
Thursday, March 17       7:30 p.m.
Friday, March 18            7:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 19      2 p.m.

We will share information regarding pre-purchased tickets as soon as possible.

We appreciate everyone’s patience and flexibility as we work to make this amazing opportunity available to our students and community. The cast and crew of Elf: The Musical have waited too long and worked too hard to let another obstacle stand in their way. The show will go on!

For the long term, we are working on different solutions to support our concerts and auditorium events for the remainder of the school year. We will ensure that those events take place with minimal disruption. We are also collaborating with our architects and construction managers to find ways to expedite the replacement of the dimmer rack within the capital project. We will share more information as it becomes available.

Thank you for your patience, understanding, and dedicated support of the Midlakes Theatre Experience!

Sincerely,

Matt Sickles, Superintendent