Spring musical “42nd Street” canceled

The DHS spring musical “42nd Street” which was set to open this Friday has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The spring musical was set to open on March 13 and run through March 22.

While CSD does not have plans to close schools as of now, the district will be limiting large gatherings, such as 42nd Street, in hopes of minimizing spread of the disease.

“We recognize that while this is a difficult decision, it is the right decision to ensure the safety of our kids and our audience members,” Decatur Performs, the nonprofit that benefits DHS chorus, drama and musical theater, stated.

As a result, DHS will not be eligible to receive a Shuler Award. Shuler awards are granted to high school musical productions deemed excellent and qualify the winning school for the National High School Musical Awards. Other schools across the state, such as Milton High School, have also canceled shows eligible for a Shuler Award. DHS planned to hold a Sunday production of “42nd Street” only available to Shuler judges to combat this, but the Sunday show was later canceled.

The announcement came on Thursday afternoon following the cancellations of other athletic and community events districtwide. Students involved in the musical were invited to the Student Center during Learning Connection on Thursday.

Ticket holders can designate their tickets as donations to offset costs already incurred, credit for tickets can be transferred to future shows or refunds are available.

“We are exploring alternatives including rescheduling performances (if possible), but this is all dependent on the rapidly changing information and guidelines,” Decatur Performs stated.