Beck Center for the Arts forced to cancel live performances during COVID-19 crisis.

Beck Center for the Arts in Lakewood, Ohio, was forced to cancel three professional theater productions, a youth theater production, a music recital, a dance production, and the 20th anniversary of Razzle Dazzle, an annual performance with Cuy County Board of Developmental Disabilities and clients of our Creative Arts Therapies program. Sue D, a dedicated individual who was integral to Razzle Dazzle productions, took the time to write participants of the canceled production to say the following:

“Hello Friends!

Tonight would have been our final rehearsal before taking the stage for Razzle Dazzle XX!  I think a lot about the joy that this performance would have brought to so many people (and boy could we use a little joy right now!).  I’m sad that we cannot be together to make it happen!!!  I MISS YOU!  I miss the connection that we share with the entire cast & crew.  Sometimes I get so sad when I think about all the fun we missed out on with our friends by having our season cut short and then I feel selfish knowing how bad things are for so many.

These are more difficult times than most of us have ever been through.  I’ve never seen anything that has impacted our world on so many levels.  I hope that you are all doing well despite the many challenges.  I have to imagine though, that a number of you have been laid off, furloughed, etc.  In fact, I’m sure the Beck Center has had a significant loss in revenue with a dark theater and no public events.  If anyone is in a position to make a donation in honor of Razzle Dazzle, I’m sure that would be greatly appreciated!”

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