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Carolina Performing Arts cancels remaining performances of the spring season

<p>Memorial Hall is Carolina Performing Arts' largest venue. Carolina Performing Arts plans to implement sensory-friendly systems to make their productions more inclusive for patrons.&nbsp;</p>
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Memorial Hall is Carolina Performing Arts' largest venue. Carolina Performing Arts plans to implement sensory-friendly systems to make their productions more inclusive for patrons. 

Carolina Performing Arts has canceled all remaining performances and public events to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, according to an email sent Thursday. 

This decision comes after UNC has canceled all University-affiliated events of 50 people or more.

"We prioritize the health and safety of our artists, staff (both full-time and students), community partners, and patrons above all else, and are grateful for your understanding," the CPA Staff said in the email. 

CPA will issue refunds for those who purchased tickets to the cancelled events. If the ticket was purchased by credit card, refunds will be issued automatically starting March 26. For tickets purchased by cash or check, refunds must be made in person, and CPA will be in contact with these patrons, according to the email. 

The box office located at Memorial Hall is closed until further notice, according to the email. 

Because of the future impact of COVID-19 on artists and performance organizations, the email encouraged those who purchased tickets to donate the ticket value to the Carolina Performing Arts Annual Fund by March 25. The donation is tax-deductible. 

"We are committed to continue working closely with our colleagues locally and abroad to explore bringing back affected artists in future seasons, and we look forward to inviting you back for those engagements," CPA staff said in the email.  "Thank you for your support of Carolina Performing Arts and its mission—we hope to that we will be able to see you in our spaces again soon. Until then, stay well."

PlayMakers Repertory Company has also canceled all performances of Julius Caesar through at least March 15, according to an update posted Thursday morning. 

According to a March 9 update from The ArtsCenter's Executive Director Daniel Mayer, it will continue to hold performances, concerts and AfterSchool programs and will remain open during regular business hours. A March 13 performance from folk band Leahy has been postponed until September, and a PopUp Chorus for March 19 has been canceled. 

@madelinellis

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