Update: February 23, 2021 – 1:00pm
Due to the uncertainty surrounding government restrictions we have chosen to move our classes online over Zoom for the first two weeks of class (March 1st to 13th). We are keeping ourselves up to date with the restrictions, and an update could very likely come on March 1st that could allow us to meet in-person; regardless of this the first two weeks will be online. CYPT runs our classes out of venues that are also being affected by these restrictions and so these two weeks will allow us to ensure our venues are prepped, sanitized, and ready for classes, as we cannot enter the premises until our programming has been given the okay to move ahead in-person.
Another update will come soon after the most up to date AHS guidelines are made available to us on March 1st detailing if in-person programming will continue after March 13th, or if we will remain online until the government announces we are in Phase 2 of relaunch.
Update: February 1, 2021 – 1:00pm
Summer Camps are now open for registration on our website. We are moving forward as if we are able to run our 2021 summer camps with the same restrictions and precautions in place as our 2020 camps.
COVID-19 Prevention Measures: Offering our camps in-person last year was made possible by diligently following the government recommendations. Below is a list of some of the ways we are meeting the COVID-19 crisis for our 2021 camps:
- Limited Enrollment
- Pick Up and Drop Off occurring outside of the facility (or as recommended by AHS)
- Regular Handwashing
- Frequent sanitization of high touch surfaces
- Sanitization of rehearsal spaces between classes
- Daily Health Assessments to be completed each morning at check in (or as recommended by AHS)
- Social Distancing Practices and Mask Wearing (or as recommended by AHS)
Note: We will always follow the most up to date AHS guidelines to keep your kids safe!
Update: January 4, 2021 – 1:00pm
Classes: We have chosen to push back the start date of all our Winter 2021 Classes to March. Our community of youth thrive in-person, which is why we have chosen to push classes back rather than hold an unknown number of classes online. Come March, class length and duration will remain the same, as well we will continue to adhere to any restrictions and precautions laid out by the government.
Cannonball: We are going to hang tight until we receive an update after January 12th. At that point we will be able to reassess and plan accordingly.
Update: November 3, 2020 – 1:00pm
On November 2nd, The Government of Alberta updated their day camps relaunch guide, this update includes a new “Alberta Health Daily Check List (For Children Under 18)”. Moving forward CYPT asks parents and participants to use this document when assessing their child’s health before each class/CYPT activity. Please note that any youth aged 18 who are in grade 12 should use the same document as children under 18 when assessing ones health. We are continuing to run our classes as their own cohort. The guidelines continue to allow for 50 people in a cohort, which includes staff and participants with a number of additional restrictions and precautions. Thanks to this guidance, CYPT is currently holding in person classes with an absolute maximum of 14 youth per class. Our classes are each taught by one instructor per 14 youth, meaning we will be running with cohorts of 15.
You can read the Government of Alberta’s updated measures for day camp restrictions (as of November 2nd) HERE.
Update: September 4, 2020 – 5:00pm
We are so happy to be running our Fall and Winter classes in-person. Registration for both are currently open!
After two months of doing summer camps and creating theatre magic with kids in-person during a pandemic, we have learnt a lot! We are confident in our abilities to implement all of the necessary steps to safeguard the health of our CYPT community while still having the best time creating and engaging in drama this Fall! It’s true that there is a risk in any public activity at this time; we are doing our utmost to mitigate those risks and we hope you’ll help us in that effort!
On August 31st, The Government of Alberta updated their day camps relaunch guide which continues to allow for 50 people in a cohort, which includes staff and participants with a number of additional restrictions and precautions. Thanks to this guidance, CYPT will continue to hold classes with a maximum of 12 youth per class. Our classes will be taught by one instructor per 12 youth, which will allow us to stay well under the 50 person maximum.
The health and safety of CYPT youth continues to be our top priority, and as such, there are a number of precautions we are implementing and adhering to that might feel a bit strict, but will allow us to keep your kid safe.
You can read more about the Government of Alberta’s measures for day camp restrictions HERE and you can read more about CYPT’s Covid Prevention Measures, and how the precautions will affect classes HERE:
Update: June 12, 2020 – 5:00pm
We are delighted to announce that our popular Summer Camps WILL be taking place this summer in-person at our North, South, and West locations!
We would like to thank our community and interested camp registrants for their patience as we worked diligently to investigate the possibility of holding camps in person during this pandemic in a way that is safe, responsible, and still fun. We have worked tirelessly with our partners, host-venues, parents, instructors, and of course Alberta Health to offer camps this year that will be a bit different than normal, but still a blast.
On June 9th, The Government of Alberta updated their day camps relaunch guide to allow for 50 people in a camp cohort, which includes staff and participants with a number of additional restrictions and precautions. Thanks to this guidance, we will reduce our normal capacity of 100 youth per week to only 40 per week this summer. Along with staff, this will allow us to stay well under the 50 person maximum.
The health and safety of CYPT youth is always our top priority, and as such, there are a number of precautions we are implementing and adhering to that might feel a bit strict, but will allow us to keep your kid safe.
You can read more about the Government of Alberta’s measures for day camp restrictions HERE and you can read more about CYPT’s Covid Prevention Measures, and how the precautions will affect camp HERE:
Update: April 30, 2020 – 5:00pm
Today, the Government of Alberta announced that summer camps may be part of Stage One or Two of Alberta’s re-opening strategy. We are waiting on further information from our health officials before deciding how to proceed (or not) with CYPT summer drama camps. Please stay tuned to this website for more information.
As always, CYPT takes the safety of our youth very seriously, and we promise to make this decision carefully and under the advice of our health experts.
Update: March 26, 2020 – 10:00pm
Effective Monday, March 30, CYPT will be offering our weekly Winter drama classes ONLINE! If you are registered for these classes, check your email for additional instructions!
UPDATE: March 18, 2020 – 3:30pm
Here at CYPT, the safety and health of our performers, participants, staff, and volunteers comes first. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have had to take some unfortunate but necessary actions to support our medical system in fighting this virus. To date, here are the actions we have taken:
- All remaining performances of Runs in the Family are cancelled. Ticket holders are encourage to visit the ticket link on their Eventbrite page to request a refund, or to consider donating their unused ticket to CYPT if that is an option, as all arts organizations are struggling to stay afloat amidst the cancellations and closures of our theatres.
- The Cannonball Festival of Youth Theatre is cancelled, including all rehearsals and performances. Directors with reimbursements are asked to submit all receipts to Gillian for reimbursement immediately.
- Winter classes are temporarily suspended until at least March 31, 2020. We will reassess in the coming week to see if re-opening our smaller classes is an option, and will be in touch with all participants.
- We are still accepting registrations for Summer Camps, with hopes that we will be able to open again in July.
We appreciate these are trying times. Arts organizations are taking massive hits are a result of the containment measures in place, as we know many of you are, and we thank you for your patience and loyalty to CYPT. We are so grateful for our community, and look forward to seeing you all again as soon as is healthy and safe.
Please continue to check this page for updates.