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‘Prom at the Palladium’ canceled

7/1/2020 12AM

Public health concerns override plans for teen event


CARMEL, Ind. – With a global pandemic continuing to spread, the Center for the Performing Arts has canceled the “Prom at the Palladium” previously scheduled for Aug. 7 and 8.


The two-night event was intended as a celebration for Central Indiana high school seniors whose school proms were canceled this spring because of official stay-at-home orders.


Tickets were scheduled to go on sale July 6 a s statewide restrictions eased, but concerns arose that the continued need for physical distancing, facial coverings and other safety measures would make the event unworkable, said Jeffrey C. McDermott, President/CEO of the Center for the Performing Arts and the Great American Songbook Foundation.


“Our staff has been very enthusiastic in planning this event, and we deeply regret any disappointment for the young people who had looked forward to attending,” McDermott said. “Although Indiana is faring better than many states, we still concluded that canceling was the only responsible decision for our potential guests, our staff and the community as a whole. We wish all the best to the Class of 2020.”