COVID-19 Update

Update: April 16, 2021 – 1:00pm

With regards to the Government of Alberta’s April 15th COVID-19 update:

The Government of Alberta announced that as of April 19th youth may participate in indoor group performance activities and youth development activities with the same restrictions as before, but that all in-person extra-curricular performance activities are not permitted for grade 7 to 12 youth until their in-person learning resumes.

This means that from April 19th until May 3rd (two weeks), Teen Improv will be hosted outside (if weather does not permit, we will meet for class over zoom). Although we are outside, masks are still mandatory and we will still be keeping at least 2m distance between participants.

Act 2, Act 3, and Act 4 classes are all able to continue as before, but we will likely host these classes partially outside as the weather continues to get warmer, so we encourage everyone to come to class with lots of layers!

Update: April 12, 2021 – 1:00pm

As a result of the updated CMOH 08-2021 Public Health Order released on April 9 by the Government of Alberta, CYPT is able to continue offering our Winter 2021 classes in-person at this time.

As always, we will continue to follow these restrictions and COVID-prevention measures, including the ones detailed in our April 7 Update below.

Update: April 7, 2021 – 1:00pm

With regards to the Government of Alberta’s April 6th COVID-19 update:

The Government of Alberta announced the shutdown of Adult Performance Activities; however Youth Performance & Development Activities are allowed to proceed as long as participants are 18 years old and under, which means our Winter 2021 Classes are able to continue in-person as of this moment.

We will continue to follow these restrictions and COVID-prevention measures, including:

  • Class sizes will be limited to 9 participants and 1 instructor
  • Masks must be worn by all
  • We must strive for 3m of physical distancing between participants
  • requiring all participants to pre-screen for symptoms and stay home if any arise
  • regular hand-washing and sanitation procedures
  • increased sanitation of the studio space before, after, and during classes

There has yet to be an updated Public Health Order released for the April 6th update and so when this becomes available we will post it here for your reference.

Update: March 11, 2021 – 1:00pm

As a result of the updated CMOH 05-2021 Public Health Order released on March 8 by the Government of Alberta, CYPT is now able to provide updates as to the future of our programs, including our 2021 Winter Classes, 2021 Summer Camps, and 2021 Cannonball Festival below.

We are delighted to announce that 2021 Winter Classes, which were held online from March 1 – 14 will now move to an in-person format as hoped! There are still a number of restrictions that we need to follow to make this possible, including:

  • Class sizes will be limited to 9 participants and 1 instructor
  • Masks must be worn by all
  • We must strive for 3m of physical distancing between participants

In addition, CYPT will be maintaining our additional COVID-prevention measures, including:

  • requiring all participants to pre-screen for symptoms and stay home if any arise
  • regular hand-washing and sanitation procedures
  • increased sanitation of the studio space before, after, and during classes

At this time, final performances for our classes are not permitted to have any audience present, but we will keep our eye on those restrictions in case anything becomes possible. That said, we are absolutely confident that even within these restrictions, the kids and our instructors are going to have a blast. After four months of being cooped up inside, we can’t wait to get back to acting and playing together.

We are also proceeding with 2021 Summer Camps, and although we are currently capping registration numbers as we did last year to allow for small group sizes, we are excited by the Government timeline suggesting that every Albertan who wants a vaccine will have one by the end of June, and we think it’s going to be a terrific summer!

Unfortunately, the most recent health order did not give permission for the kinds of rehearsal conditions necessary to rehearse our 2021 Cannonball Festival productions, and as such, we’ve made the difficult decision to cancel this May’s festival. Unfortunately, although masking and cast sizes for Cannonball are small enough to meet the public health order, maintaining 3m between scene partners would make most of the plays impossible to perform. We have hopes that we might be able to try again for a July/August Cannonball Festival, but we will keep you posted!

We thank you all for your patience. As you can imagine, this pandemic has been trying for all performing arts companies, and CYPT is no exception. We know the impact these health orders have had on creative kids, and we are doing our best to work within them while also providing fun and creative opportunities for our youth.