The Headwaters Council for the Performing Arts (HCPA) announced June 15 at its annual meeting that the entire 2020-’21 season has been canceled. 

Due to the ongoing presence of the coronavirus and health department guidelines for social distancing, the board determined that it will not be possible to bring in live talent to a live audience.

HCPA reviewed the impact on the pre-show entertainment, the visiting talent, techs who help set them up, the season ticketholders and the single ticket purchasers. The board found it could not guarantee sufficient spacing to keep everyone safe. It is also uncertain when it will be possible to hold live shows, or when audiences will again feel comfortable in a concert hall.

“This has been a very difficult decision to make,” said HCPA President Norma Yaeger. “We love the work we do, but the health of both our audiences and the artists we bring to our community is of utmost importance to us.” 

The board will continue to monitor the situation and keep the arts community periodically informed of forward progress. “We fully expect to resume a complete concert schedule in the fall of 2021,” added Yaeger.

According to Rick Roder, HCPA ticket chair, season ticket holders will be notified by email or regular mail that a total reimbursement of $25 is being offered for the two performances that were cancelled last season. 

Requests for the refund may be sent by email to rroder6491@aol.com or mailed to HCPA, P.O. Box 1481, Eagle River, WI 54521. All requests should include the patron’s name, address and number of season tickets purchased. Requests must be submitted by July 15. 

“We ask you to consider forgoing this offer in lieu of helping our nonprofit organization maintain its financial stability,” said Roder. If patrons do not request the $25 refund, it will be treated as a charitable contribution and patrons will receive a tax donation letter in December. Even with the canceled season, HCPA will continue to have some ongoing expenses so additional contributions would be greatly appreciated.” 

The 2021-’22 season will be announced as soon as artist contracts are set and season ticket sales begin next year. Season ticketholders will still be able to retain their current seats. 

Additional information and updates will be posted on the HCPA website at hcpapresents.com.