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Caravan Farm Theatre launches fundraising campaign to make up lost revenue during COVID-19

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July 26, 2020 - 6:00 AM

The North Okanagan’s Caravan Farm Theatre has launched a fundraiser as two of its productions have been postponed due to COVID-19.

Staff, board members, and theatre alumni are busy working behind the scenes at the outdoor theatre, located on an 80-acre farm northeast of Armstrong, to ensure that the shows go on once it is deemed safe to do so, says Caravan artistic director Estelle Shook, in a theatre news release.

Caravan has postponed its 2020 summer production of Blackhorse as well as its winter sleigh-ride production, based on It’s a Wonderful Life, due to the BC Government’s Phase 3 COVID-19 regulations that stipulate that no more than 50 people gather for theatre and other live performing arts events, according to the release.

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“We had a cast and crew of more than 50 people who were supposed to come from all over the country to start work on the show. It was a huge ship to sail and everything was in motion. However, when the COVID-19 safety regulations were put into place, we had to cancel all theatre activity here at Caravan,” said Shook in the press release. “We are paying a steep price for this. We have lost over $200,000 in revenues from our summer show.”

Caravan’s fundraising campaign is asking theatre goers to donate in lieu of buying tickets for this year’s productions.

Despite the fact that these shows will not carry on in 2020, Caravan has several projects in the works including a capital campaign for a new arts facility at the farm, advocating for broadband for North Spallumcheen residents and a mini Canadian film festival series.

For more information on upcoming projects or to donate, visit Caravan’s website.


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