As a result of recommendations issued this morning by Governor Inslee, SCT is joining the many other cultural organizations throughout our region and closing our doors.
Effective immediately we will suspend the remainder of our season and all educational programming planned through Spring of 2020, with the aim of reopening June 2020 in preparation for summer educational activities.
At SCT we put young people at the center of every decision we make, their health and safety, along with that of our staff and artists, is our top priority.
These are extraordinary times, but theatre is the very act of coming together in community, in real time, for shared experience. As we come through this global pandemic, and it is once again safe to gather in community, we look forward to sharing stories of joy and resiliency with audiences of all ages.
Seattle Children’s Theatre has been notified that an SCT Drama School student has tested positive for COVID-19. The student is currently in self-isolation at home with their family and recovering well.
This student was in class on SCT’s Seattle Center campus on Saturday, March 7. We have notified all students, faculty and staff who have since been in the building. Adhering to SCT’s increased sanitization efforts, all Drama School classrooms and public areas were thoroughly cleaned and disinfected in between class sessions, as was the case on Saturday, March 7.
Upon learning of this positive case, SCT closed immediately and the facility remains closed through Sunday, March 15 for deep cleaning. Any programming scheduled during that time has been cancelled or postponed and all appropriate parties have been notified. Decisions regarding any programming scheduled to take place after March 15 will be made in the near future.
- For more information about COVID-19, please see the CDC’s official recommendations. The most important thing we can do to limit the spread of illness is to:
- Stay home when you are sick and avoid close contact with others.
- Wash hands often with soap and water for a least 20 seconds. If water is not available, use hand sanitizer, with at least 60% alcohol.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid contact with people who are sick.
- Cover your mouth/nose with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing. Immediately throw the tissue in the garbage.
If you feel you or someone in your household may have been exposed to the novel coronavirus, please contact your healthcare provider. If you have any questions please contact us at SCTinfo@sct.org or refer to our FAQ page. For updates on SCT’s evolving position on COVID-19, please visit our blog.
Due to the continued spread of COVID-19, SCT is closing our facilities through Sunday, March 15. Any programming scheduled during that time will be cancelled or postponed. If you are a ticket holder and this impacts your upcoming performance, the ticket office will reach out to you directly. Decisions regarding any programming scheduled to take place after March 15 will be made in the near future.
SCT relies on the generosity of you, our patrons and friends. We thank you for your patience, understanding and continued support during these extraordinary times.
The health and safety of SCT staff, guest artists, volunteers and patrons remains our top priority. In response to the new mandates for social distancing announced by Governor Inslee earlier this morning, SCT will be taking the following actions.
Effective immediately we will close our production of Snow White, scheduled to run through March 15th. If you are a ticket holder and this impacts your upcoming performance, we will reach out to you directly in the coming days. We will be inviting you to turn your ticket purchase into a donation to help the theatre weather this challenging time, or to help you rebook into an upcoming production. We are evaluating contingency plans for Best Summer Ever! and Don’t Let The Pigeon Drive The Bus: The Musical!, additional communication regarding these productions will be coming in the near future.
At this time local officials are not suggesting we close Drama School, so we will continue providing this vital community resource as long as we are able to safely do so. We continue to ask that families make the best decisions for themselves and their households. If you are feeling unwell or are uncomfortable attending any SCT class or function, please reach out to the most relevant contact and we will make accommodations. Additionally, our Arts Based Learning and Community Engagement programming will continue as long as we are able to safely and effectively do so.
SCT has been a home for audiences of all ages for decades, a home for laughter, joy and a deep exploration of our community’s stories, something we are proud of now more than ever. Thank you for your continued support of SCT and other local arts organizations as we navigate these challenging times.
We will continue to update appropriate parties regarding changes to events or programming as developments are made available. For updates on SCT’s evolving response to COVID-19, please revisit this page.
Earlier today, the city of Seattle held a news conference to share the latest news on COVID-19. A panel of local and state officials and health experts were on hand. With a team of 17 officials from the Center for Disease Control, recently arrived here in Seattle, there is a concerted effort to mitigate and manage the virus. Prep's response to COVID-19 has been based upon the advice of local public health agencies, a practice that will continue in the days and weeks ahead. No one knows what those days and weeks will bring, so we are prepared to adapt as circumstances change. Be reassured that we are working with schools and families on a daily basis, to adhere to official health guidelines.
We are currently remaining open and all regular business operations are proceeding. Per the current advice of King County Health officials, we will most likely remain open unless a member of the SCT community, or an adjacent community, tests positive for COVID-19. We will continue following the lead of our partner schools in terms of individual performance cancellations. Communication about such closures would run through the same method that snow delays/cancellations are communicated.
Again, per the current advice of King County Health officials, we would most likely close all or a portion of operations in the event of a confirmed COVID-19 case within our community or an SCT adjacent community. The specifics of that case would determine the extent and length of any closure.
We will continue to inform you of any updates or changes as it pertains to the virus. We ask for patience from the SCT community in the days and possibly weeks ahead. We will continue to rely upon the advice of health experts when making decisions.
The safety and health of SCT staff, guest artists, volunteers and patrons are of our top priority. We have been observing the COVID-19 outbreak in Washington State, and closely following the recommendations from Washington State and King County Health officials, and the CDC. We will continue taking our lead from them, and provide updates as things progress.
On Saturday, February 29, Governor Inslee issued an emergency proclamation, which simply allows our state to obtain more resources to assist affected communities in responding to and recovering from COVID-19 cases. King County Executive Constantine made a similar declaration on Monday, March 2. This declaration activates departmental resources to prepare for and respond to the outbreak, but neither mean city or county officials believe businesses or schools should close, or that individuals should stay home.
To that end, we are continuing with our normal operations and we will continue to monitor the situation closely and update you as guidelines from the CDC and Seattle & King County Health Officials are updated. We are implementing additional sanitization measures across the building—particularly in high-traffic areas and restrooms to disinfect individual workstations and public spaces. It is important that SCT patrons feel comfortable engaging with our theatre and educational programs, and want to offer peace of mind when considering your upcoming engagement. If you are feeling unwell or are uncomfortable attending an SCT event, please reach out to the most relevant contact below and we will make accommodations:
For School Shows and Field Trips: Darioush Mansourzadeh at email@example.com
For Drama School: firstname.lastname@example.org
For Community Engagement (Workshops, Residencies): Tiffany Maltos at email@example.com
For Tours and Workshops for Above Between Below: Liz Coen at firstname.lastname@example.org
In the meantime, please adhere to the following recommendations from the CDC to keep SCT and yourself healthy:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
- Stay home of you are sick with a temperature above 100degrees.
- Prevent the spread of misinformation by learning more about the CDC’s updated recommendations here.
Thank you and we will continue to update this page as more information becomes available.