The El Paso Community Foundation and El Paso Live regret to announce the cancellation of this summer’s production of Viva! El Paso</b> in the McKelligon Canyon Amphitheatre.
Safety concerns and insufficient time to prepare the production due to the coronavirus pandemic led to the cancellation of the 43rd season of the annual historical musical, which was scheduled for Fridays and Saturdays, June 19 through July 24 in the outdoor theater.
Auditions were scheduled for March 26-28 but were postponed indefinitely due to emergency guidelines. Rehearsals were to begin in April, but also were postponed indefinitely.
Organizers hoped to salvage a shorter run of this year’s show, but growing uncertainty about when auditions and rehearsals can be rescheduled, venues can reopen, and live events can return factored into the decision.
“We regret that we have to take this year off in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, and our desire to help flatten the curve of illness in our community,” said Eric Pearson, President and CEO of the El Paso Community Foundation.
“We hope to focus during this unprecedented time on our community and will be working towards bringing back this spectacular show as soon as it is safe,” said Bryan Crowe, General Manager of Destination El Paso.
Viva! El Paso is produced by a partnership of the El Paso Community Foundation and El Paso Live.