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TAC cancels rest of season

At its September meeting, the Troy Arts Council Board of Directors met and made the decision to cancel or reschedule the remainder of its schedule for 2020.

Bill Hopper, TAC board president, said the year 2020 has been extremely challenging for everyone as COVID-10 dictates the changing of lifestyles.

“The board had hoped that, by this time, the effects of the virus would be history and all of us would have returned to our ‘normal’ lives,” Hopper said. “However, that is not to be.”

Hopper said the board’s decision to cancel or reschedule the remainder of its 2020 schedule was not made lightly but with the health and safety of the council’s patrons as the major concern.

“The board decided that, with the decision made, we should offer our faithful patrons several membership options,” Hopper said. “Our patrons may apply this year’s membership to next year’s membership and, therefore, receive the same number of tickets as received in 2020 for the 2021 year.”

Or, Hopper said, patrons are offered the opportunity to convert this year’s membership to a charitable contribution or receive a full refund of the payments for this year’s membership.

“I know most of our patrons look forward to all of our presentations and especially ‘Shelia Jackson and Friends’ in the first week of December,” Hopper said. “Shelia has been working with her friends and a number of local outlets to provide, at no cost, at least one and possibly two virtual shows this fall. Information about the virtual concert or concerts will be available when when plans are finalized.”

Looking forward to 2021, the TAC board has already scheduled a full season that will also include the addition of a number of shows planned for 2020.

Among those being added to 2021 are ‘Cats- A Celebration of American Theatre’ and ‘Sail On, The Beach Boys Tribute.’

“The Troy Arts Council looks forward to having everyone join us for a fun filled 2021 season,” Hopper said. “We thank those who have been faithful partners with the Troy Arts Council and look forward to new memberships in 2021.”