Updates on Programming
Dear Wheelock Family Theatre Community,
In order to best protect our community and artists during this time, it is with a heavy heart that we write to announce that Wheelock Family Theatre at Boston University has made the difficult decision to postpone our remaining 39th season performances of The Little Prince and Bud, Not Buddy. We remain committed to telling these vital stories, and are actively searching for an opportunity to produce Bud, Not Buddy and The Little Prince in one of our upcoming seasons. These shows will go on!
To quote, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, the author of The Little Prince –
“It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.”
We appreciate that the main purposes of art during difficult times are to provide joy, community, and all that is essential from the heart. Let’s continue to be inspired at home by Bud, Not Buddy’s themes of strength, perseverance and family, and The Little Prince’s themes of imagination, exploration and curiosity.
In order to best practice social distancing, Wheelock Family Theatre staff members have transitioned to remote working. Due to this, staff members will be directly in touch with ticket holders via email at WFTTix@bu.edu.
At this time, all educational learning previously begun will continue remotely, including our Winter Classes and our Teen Performance Ensemble’s production of The Drowsy Chaperone. We hope you will be able to support our Teen Ensemble in the spring for their virtual production as they embark on creating theater in this new, ever-changing environment.
With regard to programming that has yet to launch, President Brown and Provost Morrison announced the difficult decision to cancel all in person programming through August 15th. This means that our full Summer Program is canceled, including the week of August 17 “Under the Big Top.” Families registered for the summer will be contacted directly and will receive a full refund. While we are deeply saddened to not be together in person this summer, we hope to find creative ways to stay connected as a community.
We are still here for you. During this time we are apart we will be a resource to children and families and reach out throughout this spring and summer to share ways to encourage children to laugh, sing, dance, create, communicate, use their imaginations, and play!
To quote Christopher Paul Curtis, the author of Bud, Not Buddy –
“A bud is a flower-to-be. Waiting for just the right care and warmth to open up. It’s a little fist of love waiting to unfold and be seen by the world.”
For now, we send each and every one of you a bud of love until we can meet again in a theatre full of roses. We wish you all the health and wellness of the universe from the safety of your own homes—that feeling of home is what Bud and the Little Prince go searching for, after all.
Questions, concerns or comments? Please reach out directly to our staff at WFTtix@bu.edu or WFTed@bu.edu.
Stay safe, be well,
The Wheelock Family Theatre Team
Emily Ranii, Jeri Hammond, Keith Orr, Nick Vargas, Jamie Aznive & Jenna Corcoran
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