AMARILLO, Texas (KAMR/KCIT) — COVID-19 has made its way to the Texas Panhandle, which has now forced the Texas Panhandle Heritage Foundation, producers of the panhandle staple “TEXAS: The Outdoor Musical,” to cancel its upcoming season.
“It’s just an unprecedented time in our history,” said David Yirak, Texas Outdoor Musical Managing and Artistic Director. “It was just kind of a no-brainer. Just too many unknown factors to ask 60 kids to come in for the summer with the current situation.”
For Yirak, delivering the news to those kids was heartbreaking.
“For me personally it just tore me up inside a little bit just having to tell these boys and girls that they didn’t have a job this summer doing what they love,” said Yirak.
Yirak said it was a number of factors that went into the decision such as parks banning groups of 10 or more until May 31st and possibly even longer.
“So right away we lost our theater, our place where we perform. Also West Texas A&M University, where we hold rehearsals, they shut down campus to all outside groups. then when the tour groups start calling in and canceling their reservations, it became a necessity to cancel the season. It’s just another piece of the fabric of life that we do here in the panhandle is that Texas is going to be out at the Palo Duro Canyon performing,” said Yirak.
While the TEXAS office in Canyon is closed to the public due to the coronavirus, questions can be directed there by phone (806-655-2181) or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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