This year’s Dorchester community play has been postponed until Easter 2021 in the light of the escalating Coronavirus emergency.
The decision was taken by the management board of Dorchester Community Plays Association (DCPA). Rehearsals have been cancelled with immediate effect and the play, Spinning the Moon, will now be staged over Easter 2021.
DCPA spokesman Rowan Seymour said: “Although it is a sad decision it was an easy one to make as we are responsible for the health and wellbeing of our cast and crew, the audiences that were coming to see us and our community as a whole.”
She added: “This is definitely not the end of Spinning the Moon. We will re-group, continue to raise funds and come back next year bigger and better with a fantastic play to remember.”
Spinning the Moon has a cast of 140, plus a band, a wardrobe department and extensive backstage and front of house crews. It was expected to attract audiences of around 200 a night over 11 nights from April 6-18 during the Easter holidays in April.
DCPA treasurer Mike Beesley said: “We want to thank everyone who has helped and supported us so far, financially and with practical aid. We are extremely grateful for the support we have had, and continue to have, from our sponsors”
Anyone who has already bought tickets for this year’s performances should contact Dorchester Arts to discuss refund and carry-forwards for next year. However, please could you do this from Monday, March 23 to allow the arts centre to put together the necessary financial arrangements.
Dorchester Arts is in the Corn Exchange, High West Street, Dorchester ad the phone number is 01305 266926.
Updates on the play can be found on he Spinning the Moon website spinningthemoon.org.uk and on the DCPA social media pages.