The Umpqua Actors Community Theatre Board of Directors announced Wednesday that its production of "Mamma Mia" and the summer musical "Mary Poppins" have been canceled.

"We are also postponing all productions of future shows until further notice," Executive Director Melody Schwegel said in an email. "These decisions were not made easy. UACT has a tough uphill climb ahead and we appreciate the support and dedication from our patrons, volunteers, and board members in these difficult times."

UACT originally rescheduled "Mamma Mia" from April 2 to late May in response to the executive order by Gov. Kate Brown requiring people to “Stay Home, Save Lives” in an effort to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

"There are far too many variables that go in to putting on a production of this size, and we are simply unable to accommodate those this summer, for obvious reasons," according to a UACT post on Facebook.

According to the Facebook post, "Mamma Mia" ticket holders should receive an email regarding cancellation. Patrons are encouraged to contact to request a refund or to donate the ticket cost back to the theater.

Erica Welch is the special sections editor for The News-Review. She can be reached at or 541-957-4218.

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Erica Welch is the special sections editor for The News-Review, mother of two and a native of Roseburg. She is an alumni of RHS, UCC and Western Oregon University. Contact her at or 541-957-4218.

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