River Campus 2020 Summer Arts Festival Canceled


Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus 2020 Summer Arts Festival, scheduled for Aug. 8, has been canceled.

Due to increases in COVID-19 cases in Cape Girardeau County and out of concern for the health and safety of Southeast’s students, faculty, staff, visitors and community members, the event will not be held this year.

“With the uptake in cases recently in our community, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the one-day Summer Arts Festival this year,” said Rhonda Weller-Stilson, dean of Southeast’s Holland College of Arts and Media. “The Festival means so much to those of us that work on it throughout the year, however we want to prioritize the health and safety concerns for our guests, students and staff.

“We are so grateful to the sponsors that have been with us since we started the festival and to those who joined us this year,” Weller-Stilson added. “Thanks to their continued support, we are able to provide the outstanding experiential learning opportunity for our high school and college students with Bring it On!  We look forward to offering the one-day River Campus Summer Arts Festival next summer.”

The summer production of “Bring it On! The Musical,” will continue as scheduled with face coverings and social distancing guidelines in place on Aug. 6-8 and Aug. 12-15 at 7:30 p.m., and two matinee performances on Aug. 9 and 16 at 2 p.m. in the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall. Both guests and the performance crew will be required to wear masks. Live streaming of these performances also will be available, marking the first time the Holland College of Arts and Media has offered this service for a summer musical.

Tickets may be purchased by contacting the River Campus Box Office by calling (573) 651-2265, or online at RiverCampus.org.