While nearly every type of student has been negatively affected by the pandemic, upper-level students in performing arts fields have taken some particularly painful blows. Nearly every summer stock theater season was canceled last year, and many are just now making decisions about this summer. Watkins has decided to remain in Cape Girardeau this summer, working at a fast-food restaurant and helping with high school performances when she can. \"As musical theater students, you want to get one professional show under your belt before you graduate,\" said Anastasia Novak, also a junior at SMSU. But they could not have imagined that their elusive dreams would get this much harder to catch.