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story.lead_photo.caption The Steve Martin comedy "Meteor Shower," scheduled to open at Arkansas Public Theatre just before the pandemic hit the world, will move to the timeslot usually reserved for the summer musical -- July 24-26, July 30-Aug. 2 and Aug. 6-9. "Pippin," slated to wrap up Season 34, has been canceled. (Courtesy Photo/APT)

Ed McClure called the sadness in the decision "unimaginable." But McClure, the artistic director for Arkansas Public Theatre in Rogers, announced Friday the company will cancel its summer musical for the first time in the 34 years of its history.

"APT has distinguished itself for its first class, impressive musicals that have delighted and thrilled our community," McClure says. "As one might imagine, this decision did not come easily for any of us at APT, especially knowing the large number of performers who had hearts set on being in this stunning production."

"Pippin" was the show scheduled for the late July-early August timeslot, the final show of Season 34. It will be replaced by the Steve Martin comedy "Meteor Shower," which was rehearsed and ready to open just as the coronavirus hit Arkansas.

"We have constantly and steadfastly monitored what our federal, state and local officials and medical leaders advise us to do for our safety and the safety of our dear volunteers and patrons," McClure said. "Please continue to follow us on social media and our website as we announce new and innovative ways for you to stay plugged into the arts and all things that are APT!"

Find out more about Season 35, which starts in September, and about the APT's first radio comedy "Mastergate," currently available online, at

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