Theaters remain dark worldwide

OSWEGO, N.Y. — Meg Mortell has seen theater from all angles. She has written shows, taught aspiring young professionals, and has spent most of her life on stage playing characters. Little did Mortell know that her passion would come spiralling down when the pandemic came to London’s West End. 

Mortell tells young professionals in a smaller industry like the arts that lacks funding, it is important to band together. 

The Arts are a “powerful, fierce, industry that will not be going down” even with the pandemic keeping theaters closed indefinitely, Mortell said. 

A lack of funding for the Arts is a problem that is not only faced in the United Kingdom. SUNY Oswego music professor Alan Martin says the Arts are almost always left behind. 

“Funding for the Arts is notoriously bad at the best of times”, Martin said. 

Martin planned to be the music director of Oswego’s Spring Musical; however with the new COVID-19 guidelines, they ultimately decided to postpone the production for the future. 

Since there is no musical, theatre majors at SUNY Oswego are getting a little worried about their futures in the field. Martin says that a lot of the students are nervous about getting their degrees and then being a little bit behind. 

First came disappointment, then came acceptance for both Martin and Mortell. Both keep reminding themselves that things could be worse. 

“Crack on and cling on to a bit of hope”, Mortell said.

Hope is the one attribute that has pushed the Arts to continue moving forward through the uncertainty of this pandemic.