Center for the Arts events suspended for 30 days


Lead actors Daichi Marian (Captain Walker), from left, Lindsey Stutz (Mrs. Walker) and Sammi Bronow (Tommy) rehearse for the El Camino Theatre Department’s production of “The Who’s Tommy” Tuesday night, March 3 in the Campus Theatre. The production will still be performed on its previously scheduled dates despite growing concerns of coronavirus cases and classes being cancelled. Photo by Duane Tada/Special to the Union

Update on Sunday, March 15 at noon: The Center for the Arts has suspended all planned performances after Sunday, March 15. In accordance with California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s safety guidelines, shows have been limited to 150 seats. Information on refunds and rescheduling has not yet been made available. Future performances of “The Who’s Tommy” will be re-evaluated.

The rock opera, “The Who’s Tommy,” featuring music from The Who is expected to continue at El Camino College’s Campus Theatre despite concerns over coronavirus forcing classes to go online at El Camino College until Monday, April 20.

It is unclear if future events at the Campus Theatre, Marsee Auditorium, or Haag Recital Hall will continue, but officials are preparing for any situation, ECC President and SuperIntendent Dena Maloney said during a Town Hall Meeting in EC’s East Dining Room on Thursday, March 12.

This comes shortly after Governor Gavin Newsom ordered Californians to cancel events with crowds larger than 250 people.

Officials are also in the process of deciding how to move forward with classes involving labs, Maloney said during the meeting.

Berkeley Price, Dean of the Fine Arts Department, declined to comment on how the transition of in-person lectures to online classes will affect hands-on programs such as chorale, orchestra, and theatre.

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Editor’s Note: A picture was added to this article Friday, March, 13 at 1:00 a.m.