SteppingStone Theatre for Youth and Park Square Theatre are delighted to begin welcoming audiences, artists, and guest organizations back to the theatre for limited engagements this fall, and for full on-stage performances in the winter of 2021.
Our two theatres are prioritizing health and safety in our reopening plans, looking to the latest public safety guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Minnesota Department of Health, as well as local requirements from the City of Saint Paul. We are also observing the safety requirements put forth by the artist unions to ensure the safety of our artists, actors and musicians.
Below are the steps we are taking to ensure we reopen in the safest way possible.
SteppingStone school year 2021-’22 classes and programs require young artists ages 5-12 to wear masks at all times and practice social distancing in the class spaces. Young artists 13-18 may be asked their vaccine status before the start of class and may be asked to comply with Park Square Theatre’s Safety Policies.
If a student experiences COVID-19 symptoms while in class, the student will be immediately quarantined and caregivers will be notified to pick up the student. If a student tests positive during the course of a class, the class will transition to a virtual format until all students are COVID-negative. Jump to Refund Policy
If a staff member or teaching artist experiences COVID symptoms while in class, they will be immediately sent home. If a staff/teacher tests positive, any classes the individual had contact with will transition to a virtual format until all class members are COVID-negative. Jump to Refund Policy
If a student or staff member is identified as a close contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, that individual must isolate and will not be able to rejoin the class until they return a COVID-negative test. The class will only transition to a virtual format if the individual tests positive for COVID or starts showing symptoms. Jump to Refund Policy
Yes, SteppingStone Theatre staff will alert all families of any positive COVID-19 cases on campus.
There is a $50 non-refundable and non-transferable class deposit.
Exceptions will be considered for students with COVID-19 symptoms.
In the event of a positive COVID case within a class, the program will not be canceled but instead transition to a virtual format. Refunds will be considered for students with COVID-19 symptoms.
If SteppingStone cancels a class, for any reason, you will be issued
COVID-19 vaccination or negative test results are required to attend performances.
In light of the highly transmissible Delta variant and increasing case numbers in Minnesota, Park Square and SteppingStone theatre require that everyone 13 or older present proof of either full COVID-19 vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours prior to attending an indoor performance or event. Proof of vaccination or a negative test result must be shown when entering the theater. Children under age 13 will only be required to wear a mask.
In addition to audiences, the theatres are requiring COVID-19 vaccinations for artists, theater staff, and volunteers.
All patrons, staff and volunteers will be required to wear masks inside the venue except while eating or drinking. This follows the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s recent recommendation that everyone should wear a mask indoors regardless of vaccination status. Masks must cover the nose and mouth. Masks with a valve, gaiters, scarves, etc. are not permitted.
Young people attending daytime matinees (school groups, homeschoolers, day camp groups, etc.) are not required to show vaccination status or test results. All teachers and chaperones who are age 18 and over will be required to present either proof of full COVID-19 vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours prior to attending a field trip performance. All staff and patrons ages 2 and older will be required to wear masks inside the building.
If your school or classroom has an outbreak we ask that you notify us before your field trip so we can reschedule your trip. Please email email@example.com to notify us and reschedule your trip.
Park Square’s air system brings in fresh air from the outside to help limit the spread of airborne viruses like COVID-19. In addition, several updates have been made to further improve air safety inside the theatre:
At this time, no changes have been made to our audience capacity except at the request of partnering organizations. The Proscenium Stage seats 350 people and the Boss Stage seats 200 people. Shows through December of 2021 will be general admission seating. While there are currently no state or city indoor venue capacity restrictions in place, we will be monitoring information regarding capacity and will adhere to guidelines if they are updated.
Physical distancing will be encouraged in the lobbies, hallways, restrooms, and other areas.
In addition to the robust cleaning practices that were already in place, we have:
We ask that guests stay home if they are sick or exposed to COVID-19. Please contact the box office to transfer your tickets to another performance, donate your tickets, or request a refund. Contact the ticket office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We will continue to update this page as we gather new information and will share pertinent updates through email and social media. Please check back as the details and requirements for reopening are subject to change as we work through this uncertain yet exciting time.
Thank you for your support and we look forward to having you engage with Park Square and SteppingStone.