Our theatre committee met tonight to discuss our future plans, in particular what is going to be possible during the current COVID-19 restrictions. Naturally, there is a great deal still unknown, but we are trying to get as many plans in place as we possibly can. An overview of what we are hoping to do is given below, but please bear in mind that these are always subject to change and at every step we will always have to work within government or council regulations.
- I expect most people want to know about shows, so I’ll begin with that. We don’t believe it’s possible for us to stage live shows before January, even if government restrictions are lifted before this. We realise that this will disappoint many as it means that they won’t be able to attend or take part in a pantomime this year. But there’s so much uncertainty around every aspect of running the theatre and preparing a show that it makes it impossible to plan for a show on such a scale. Our first show when we return will be a show on a much smaller scale, which should allow us to take any restriction into account more easily. However, we are currently trying to work out plans for an online pantomime and an online musical night in the meantime, so keep an eye out for those.
The committee has agreed to extend all current theatre memberships to July 2021. So overall, members will have got a little extra than they normally would. We feel this only fair in the circumstances.
We hope to have our bar open for social events from September. There are many things we have to consider and put in place, many of these council regulations, before we are able to do this. Our bar staff are currently looking into these.
We hope to have our Youth Academy back at the theatre in September, with appropriate social distancing and hygiene measures in place. Parents with concerns or questions should contact the Youth Academy Principal.
We hope to have ticket sales for forthcoming shows open from September, though this may change if by then we still do not know when live shows will be possible.
Our AGM has been deferred until Friday September 25th. It will be held under restricted conditions: We will use the auditorium rather than the studio to allow for social distancing, the bar will not be open and the usual buffet will not be supplied.
I know many of us are missing the theatre and it is unfortunate that we will still have to wait a little longer. But the committee would like to pass on its thanks to all of our members, patrons and supporters for their continued patience and support. We hope to see you again as soon as we can.