In conjunction with their Physician Advisory Panel, Valley Youth Theatre will continue to pause
its 2021-2022 season until the safety of its young performers is more certain.
“After talking to our physician advisory panel, it has become clear that putting unmasked and
unvaccinated young performers next to each other on a stage isn’t safe for those performers, nor
is it safe for the young people in the audience” explained Bobb Cooper, Valley Youth Theatre’s
Producing Artistic Director.
Cooper continued, “while we know that many families will be disappointed that they won’t be
able to experience the holiday tradition of A Winnie-The-Pooh Christmas Tail at VYT, we have
to put the health and safety of our young people first.”
VYT’s Physician Advisory Panel consists of front-line workers, physicians and board members
who are available to answer questions and ensure VYT is consistent with its COVID policies.
Explains Cooper, “parents want their children back on stage. We all want our children back on
stage, but our decisions need to be based on guidance from health care professionals, not just
what we want. That’s why we started our Physician Advisory Panel.”
With this said, there seems to be a light at the end of the pandemic. While recent reports show
that Arizona currently leads the nation in COVID-19 transmissions, both Cooper and the Panel
are encouraged by the recent approval of the COVID vaccine for children ages 5-11, and what it
could mean for getting children back on VYT’s stage and in seats.
“We are excited for 2022,” said Cooper.
A very special Friend-and-Relation tells Christopher Robin a story of a Christmas Eve very long ago (about last year) when Eeyore, the old gray donkey who lives by himself in the thistle corner of Hundred-Acre Wood, was absolutely miserable. It seems that he lost his tail and Winnie-the-Pooh and Piglet got all of their friends and a search was organized. There is a great deal of fun and excitement, plus delightful songs, in the adventure that follows. Its theme, which concerns caring, sharing and the importance of cultivating friends, makes this a very special and enchanting musical suitable for any age.