Statement from Helen Todd, General Director
Flooding in Watseka and throughout Iroquois County has continued to devastate and disrupt the community. The flooding has had a direct impact on Sugar Creek Opera’s ability to find suitable and available housing for artists and staff. Each year, we have seen a decrease in available host families to house artists due to host families either moving away because of the flooding or passing on. We house approximately 40 people for up to three weeks.
In recent summers, we have used both host families and hotels. More of the community has flooded than ever before and there simply is not enough available housing that is affordable. Because of this dilemma, we will not be performing an opera production this summer.
Although this is very disappointing, we are currently finalizing plans for affordable housing for the summer of 2020. The dates of the Opera will shift slightly to the first weekend of August 1-2, 2020. We will be planning for a full opera production. We hope you will check back to our website in the Fall for further details on the opera selection. Thank you for supporting Sugar Creek Opera.