NEBRASKA THEATRE CARAVAN CANCELS NATIONAL TOUR OF A CHRISTMAS CAROL AFTER CRASH
Nebraska Theatre Caravan, the professional touring wing of the Omaha Community Playhouse, has just announced the cancellation of the national tour of A Christmas Carol. This includes the December 19, 2019 performance at the Academy Center of the Arts’ Historic Academy Theatre in Lynchburg, VA.
The tour bus for the Nebraska Theatre Caravan production of A Christmas Carol was in an accident near Waterville, ME on Tuesday, December 10, 2019, at 11:30pm, when the charter bus, owned and operated by Arrow Stage Lines drifted off the right side of the road and subsequently overturned on its passenger side and came to rest down an embankment. While no major injuries were sustained, the accident has resulted in the cancellation of the remaining dates of the national tour.
“While we are sad to see the tour cut short, we consider our theatre a family, and the safety and physical health and wellbeing of those involved is most important,” said Kate Whitecotton, Company Manager. “Thank you to everyone who has reached out in support of our touring members of A Christmas Carol. We have immense respect and deep appreciation for the performers and crew who give so much of their time and talent to share this beautiful story with theatre-goers across the U.S. each year.”
Box Office staff at the Academy Center of the Arts will refund tickets at the point of purchase. Patrons purchasing with credit cards will be automatically refunded to the card used. Patrons that purchased with cash or check will be contacted by Box Office staff within five (5) business days to arrange a refund.
“We are deeply disappointed that the performance has to be canceled, but we are thankful that none were critically injured during the accident,” said Geoffrey Kershner, Executive Director. “We wish the cast and crew well as they recover.”
“Thank you to everyone who purchased tickets. We want to thank our patrons for continuing to support the Academy Center of the Arts through our programming. Losing a scheduled show is rare and we are saddened by the misfortune of losing two of our holiday shows this year. We apologize for any inconvenience and disappointment this causes and will work to refund patrons in a timely manner.”
For more information, call the Academy Center of the Arts’ Box Office at (434) 846-8499.