UA Theatre and Dance New York Showcase Canceled

The university cancels the Theatre and Dance Department showcase due to New York’s state of emergency.

By Kyra Davis News Producer

Tuscaloosa, Ala– The University of Alabama canceled the Theatre and Dance Department’s New York Showcase in the wake of coronavirus.

During spring break, the university’s Theatre and Dance Department hosts a showcase for senior students in New York City referred to as “Bama on Broadway.” This showcase is the reason many students chose the university, but this year, it may not be happening.

“This is really upsetting. It’s like life literally stopped,” said senior Melaina Rairmo from Minnesota. 

The university advised students against domestic travel for spring break, and consequently, made the executive decision to cancel the showcase due to New York’s state of emergency. The Centers for Disease Control confirmed 53 cases of coronavirus in New York City and 213 statewide Wednesday.

“We don’t get to see our hard work come to fruition,” said senior student Daniel Baskins. “But also I understand because I don’t think we should go to one of the epicenters of the outbreak.” 

The university sent an email to students encouraging them to not travel domestically over the break. Following that email, the students in showcase planning to travel to New York received an email informing them their showcase had been canceled. 

Professors of the department have worked with students over the past year to prepare them for the showcase. There is an hour class dedicated to workshopping and finding fitting scenes, monologues and songs. 

“While I am less than thrilled with the outcome, I do think this is the best decision to make,” said the senior who has helped coordinate the showcase, Lindsay Howard.

This year included an Atlanta showcase for the first time in “Bama on Broadway” history, and it is canceled as well.

The students will still perform their showcase pieces for a private audience on campus the Friday before Spring Break.