Carmel Community Players is closing its show, “The Last Five Years,” and will not have a third weekend as originally planned after learning one of the show’s staff tested positive for COVID-19.
This individual did not have direct contact with audience members but did have contact with the cast.
Neither cast member shows any symptoms at this time, but out of caution, CCP decided to cancel the final three shows, set for July 31 and Aug. 1-2.
Showrunners are advising the cast get tested as soon as possible. Those who purchased tickets for the final weekend of “The Last Five Years” at The Cat in Carmel will be given refunds through the Vendini ticketing service.
CCP Board President Lori Raffel said the staff member had his temperature checked each night and wore a mask at the theater. The staff member’s direct contact was limited to performers and the crew, and he was backstage during the July 25 performance.
Raffel said when the decision was made to resume the season, CCP believed it could do it safely.
“We now feel strongly that in the best interest of our patrons and volunteers, we must cancel all in-person activities for the remainder of the year, which means that ‘Shipwrecked! An Entertainment’ and our holiday show will not be happening as planned,” Raffel said. “We will make an informed decision on the status of our 2020-2021 season at a later date.
Season ticket holders will be given the choice to either receive a refund for the last show of the season, or donate that amount to CCP for use in finding a new home and future show expenses.”