Learn More about Broadway Bound's response to COVID-19 and the actions we are taking to keep our students and patrons safe.
Broadway Bound will continue to add information to this page as we continue to respond to the needs of our staff, artists, students, and families.
COVID-19 UPDATE – Wednesday, April 8, 2020
We hope you and your families are healthy and coping with social distancing during this unprecedented pandemic. Thank you again for your patience in hearing from all of us here at Broadway Bound Children's Theatre. The delay has been in part due to us not having the words to accurately convey the heartbreak at having to postpone our spring shows. We know that this decision was the right one to make for the safety for all involved, but it didn't make it any easier.
All of us at Broadway Bound were eager to produce double the amount of shows we've offered in the past to a record number of youth participants! This remarkable spring season comes not one year after losing our Founder and Executive Artistic Director, Jimmy Nixon, who would have been thrilled to get the chance to work with everyone. During this transition, we've seen the passion and dedication from our community grow exponentially and we couldn't feel more supported. We hold so much pride and respect for our actors, families, artists, and teams that we've had to say goodbye for the time being as we all stay home and stay safe.
More than anything else, we miss working with all of our casts. Right now we'd be wrapping up week seven of rehearsals for Junie B Jones and week five for casts of High School Musical and Rent. Every day, kids would eagerly ask Heather if they were going to get called in for a costume fitting and we'd hear all the casts confidently locking in their harmonies with Melina. We'd be preparing for our next production meeting where directors are thinking up cool new aspects to work into the sound or set design, and stage managers would humble brag about how well the kids in their casts were doing. We'd be working, collaborating, and reveling in the company of our students and theatrical professionals. Instead, we're staying home and staying safe while adapting to what's needed for our friends, families, and greater population. As one parent put it, we're experiencing "so many bummers to prevent so many tragedies."
In full transparency, Broadway Bound is looking at a revenue loss of $300,000 from postponing these productions. As you may guess, this is a substantial amount of our operating budget we are facing to lose in the coming months. We are postponing collecting any tuition for the spring shows until we can resume this fall and ask all current families to leave whatever's been paid in their account to use for any and all future programming at Broadway Bound. We continue to honor our tuition refund policy as found on our website for those families unable to leave their account open. Broadway Bound is currently looking at all options available for loans and grants for arts organizations and small nonprofits and our prospects look favorable.
However, the show must go on! We are resilient in these times and are working hard to provide essential artistic experiences to our families. Broadway Bound opened a few free workshops that can be successfully taught in an online format this week with more to open in the upcoming weeks. Additional "physically distant" virtual socializing events will be announced via our website and social media to help keep us connected. We will continue summer camp registration (June 15th - August 28th) and will have more information regarding fall productions as we work with our venue and licensing partners. As always, feel free to reach out to us at any time even though our communications may be delayed.
To our actors and supporters, this is just an intermission. When we're back, we'll raise the curtain and open our shows to thunderous applause! Until then, keep your spirits up and focus on the day we'll celebrate and reunite in person to perform, create, and grow through musical theatre.
PS. We want to celebrate the power of the arts and we need your help! We're creating a virtual choir of a new work by Melina Karu, but to do that, we need our community! Stay tuned to our social media to learn how you can share your enthusiasm and be part of this project.
COVID-19 UPDATE – Monday, March 30, 2020
On behalf of the staff and Board of Directors of Broadway Bound, we would like to thank you for your patience as we practice the theatrical skill of improvisation in our response to COVID-19. As we all adapt to the changing realities of our world, we have also been adapting, and thinking through how to move forward in this time of uncertainty.
As we shared previously, we have made the decision to postpone the spring shows. Our intention is to proceed with the same shows, with the same casts, in the fall. We understand that this will not work for all families, but our hope is that most of you will be willing to hang in there and join us again in September.
Broadway Bound is a non-profit organization, and we run on a very lean budget. Like many small businesses and non-profits, we are facing an uncertain future and are hoping to make it to the other side of this crisis. For Broadway Bound, that means that we are simply not in a position to refund all tuition payments made to date. Tuition payments already made will be credited towards future Broadway Bound programs, including the fall and spring shows, summer camps, and intensives. We look forward to working with all the kids again soon!
These are difficult times for us all, and we are relying on you, the Broadway Bound community, to make it through. There are many ways that you can help. First, we appreciate your understanding with respect to our refund policy and your continued involvement in the shows this fall. Second, consider donating to Broadway Bound. We depend on your generosity, especially in light of the postponement of the shows. And finally, stay involved and connected. We are developing workshops on topics from puppetry to playwriting to costume design. A separate communication will keep you informed on the timing and details of those offerings. We want to make sure that your kids stay engaged and passionate about musical theatre, and that they stay connected with each other.
Thank you again for patience, trust, and continued support of Broadway Bound!
COVID-19 UPDATE – Wednesday, March 18, 2020
Broadway Bound was excited about the plan for remote rehearsals and streaming performances we shared in our last message, but the latest round of social restrictions required to stop the spread of coronavirus creates insurmountable barriers to delivering the meaningful programming we envisioned. We have therefore made the decision to suspend this spring’s shows for now. We will reach out again as soon as it becomes possible with a new performance schedule.
Keep an eye out for information about opportunities for your kids to stay involved in theater while they are home.
The Broadway Bound office will be closed for the remainder of this week while core staff members make the transition of working from home. We thank you in advance for your continued support and patience as we evolve and build new connections between the arts and technology.
We are extremely grateful for the outpouring of support the Broadway Bound community has demonstrated during this unprecedented public health crisis we are all endeavoring to overcome. It is a testament to the very special organization we have created together and will carry us into the future.
COVID-19 UPDATE – Saturday, March 14, 2020
To say that the current, evolving situation posed by COVID-19 is unprecedented and nothing any of us could ever have envisioned would be an understatement. Nonetheless, our challenge has been clear: to reimagine a path forward for this spring’s shows that provides a meaningful musical theater experience while safeguarding the health of our students, our staff and all their families.
We are excited to share the following overview of our plan:
Remote Rehearsals via Zoom
Broadway Bound has purchased a Zoom license and is working with volunteers with technical expertise to transform our rehearsal studios into “Zoom Rooms.” This will allow these rehearsals to be interactive, creating time for actors to work with one another and their directors. Remote rehearsals will be scheduled between the hours of 4pm-6:30pm for Junie B Jones, High School Musical KA and JJ. Rehearsals for Rent will be between the hours of 6pm and 8:30pm. The livestreams will be recorded and available to families within 24-hours but students are strongly encouraged to participate at the time of rehearsals to interact with each other and our teams.
Libraries of Instructional Videos
Directors and music directors will create instructional videos and rehearsal recordings for the shows. March 16-20 will be treated as a prep week for our teams to discover and train with new technology. We will focus solely on creating these recordings and will not be holding livestreamed rehearsals. These will be posted to a private YouTube channel for students to use as reference as they practice their roles.
Broadway Bound is contacting MTI, the company from which licenses for the spring shows were purchased. Due to the extenuating circumstances, MTI has granted permission for Broadway Bound to live stream the shows. Each cast of each show will perform once to a very limited live audience (in compliance with orders from state and local officials) of just immediate family members at the Rainier Arts Center. However, an unlimited number of ticket holders can view the live-streamed performance online. There will be more information regarding viewing the performance in a future email from your stage managers.
A few additional details about the streamed performances: Blocking for the shows will be adapted to accommodate social distancing orders from public health officials. Production departments are working hard on each show with scenic designs approved and construction underway at our warehouse in Mukilteo. All props, sets, microphones, and costume pieces will be cleaned/sanitized between cast performances.
One more important note is that to make this all work, dates for the streamed performances will be shifted. This is done in consideration of the recent closure of all schools in Washington state until April 24th. They are scheduled as follows:
- Junie B. Jones – weekend of May 15
- Rent – weekend of May 25
- High School Musical – weekends of June 5 and June 12
Remote rehearsals will begin the week of Monday, March 23rd with teams devoting next week to preparing their instructional video libraries. Rehearsal schedules will be emailed late next week with detailed information on call times and how to access. We will provide a number to call should you have technology-related questions or challenges.
While quite different from Broadway Bound’s usual approach, we believe the plan we’ve developed not only offers an enriching musical theatre experience but will provide connection and a bit of normalcy during the coming weeks of disruption to the kids’ usual routines. We embrace this challenge with a student population that’s grown up with technology all around them. This is a unique opportunity to innovate together as we integrate technology and the arts.
We are grateful for the resilience of the Broadway Bound community – and as always, its unwavering support.