Archive: Mar 2020


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    Dear Friends,
    As we wait for news about the COVID-19 crisis and the resulting health mandates, we are doing all we can to be proactive in the face of this daunting challenge. We are looking to the future as we plan and prepare to open our doors to all those who have been “waiting in the wings.” Although we don’t have a specific date for our programs to resume we are moving forward and hoping for the best. We would like to help families as they do the same.
    With our eyes on the light at the end of the tunnel, we are pleased to announce that all summer programs require only a $25 deposit*. In addition, if the deposit is paid by the Early Bird Tuition deadlines, ARIEL will honor the Early Bird Tuition rates as long as tuition is paid in full on the Friday before each camp session begins. We are working to ease the financial burden on families as much as possible. As the Great King Aslan taught in Narnia, working together will help us endure this “challenge that will truly test the best that’s in your hearts.” If we do all that we can and remain hopeful we will “find the courage within….to make the world right again.” We look forward to being with you all again soon.
    The ARIEL Theatrical Staff

    Disney’s The Jungle Book KIDS

    Two-Week Camp

    • June 8-19 with shows on June 19 & 20
    • $25 deposit due Friday, May 1
    • $400 Early Bird Tuition (minus prepaid deposit) due Friday, June 5


    The Hobbit

    Three-Week Camp

    • June 22-July 10 with shows on July 10, 11, 16, 17, & 18
    • $25 deposit due Friday, May 22
    • $500 Early Bird Tuition (minus prepaid deposit) due Friday, June 5


    Kids On Stage

    One-Week Camp

    • July 20-24 with evening recital on July 24
    • $25 deposit due Friday, June 19
    • $200 Early Bird Tuition (minus prepaid deposit) due Friday, July 17


    Little House on the Prairie: The Musical

    Community Show for high school teens & adults

    • Rehearsals June 8-July 30 with shows on July 31, August 1, 7, 8, 14 & 15
    • No deposit required
    • $50 tuition due June 8


    *Deposit and/or fee may be transferred to another program or refunded if restrictions from health or government officials prevent our ability to assemble safely.

  2. COVID-19 UPDATE – We are in this together!

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    Dear Friends,

    As the situation with COVID-19 is extremely dynamic we at ARIEL are endeavoring to make decisions based on public health guidelines and our care and concern for our staff, participants and their families. Like all of you, we are navigating an unprecedented situation.  Supporting the well-being of children and their families is the purpose for which ARIEL exists and we plan to continue to do so throughout this crisis.

    In response to the “shelter-in-place” directive, all programs currently in production and those scheduled to begin before April 8 are suspended.  Our goal is to remain “at-the-ready” so that programming may resume as soon as it has been deemed safe by public health officials.  In a best-case scenario, some of these programs would be able, with adjustments in dates, to go forward.  However, we recognize that conditions are evolving and that restrictions on assembling may be extended well beyond April 8. Whatever the case, we will stay in communication with participants and their families to determine the best course of action based on the local/state/national health mandates.

    In regards to tuition payments for future programs that have already been processed we offer the following options:   1) wait for updated information to determine if the program can run as scheduled and proceed as planned, 2) roll registration fee over to a future program to be determined when health mandates are lifted, or 3) issue a refund and cancel participant registration. Please note that these options will be available as long as there are restrictions on public assembly and our scheduled programs are delayed or cancelled. We are hopeful that our efforts along with yours will expedite our return to “normal” life. It is our goal to jump back in to full activity as soon as is safely possible and we will continue to communicate updates as we prepare for our doors to reopen.

    We are most grateful for the hundreds of children who participate in ARIEL programs and for their faithful, supportive families.  We look forward to being together again.

    Sincerely yours,

    Gail Higginbotham, Founder & Artistic Director

    Heather Kirk, Executive Director