Live Theater Reappearing Throughout Connecticut
Slowly, but surely, the performing arts are coming back throughout Connecticut. The Ridgefield Playhouse and South Farms in Morris have successfully brought back live music over the past month, and just recently, a couple of live theater productions have been announced. The first one that caught my attention is a special #saveourstages fundraiser for Torrington's Warner Theatre. They're staging a one time performance of Stephen Sondheim's Assassins at Barkhamsted's Pleasant Valley Drive-In Theater on Wednesday September 23, 2020. This is a special drive-in event, limited to 175 cars. Strict social distancing rules will be in effect, where they ask that you remain in your vehicle at all times during the performance, except for bathroom and concession breaks. No social gatherings permitted at all while inside the drive-in. Hand sanitizer stations will be all over the place, and masks are to be worn at all times. You can get your tickets by clicking HERE
I also just received a press release from the beautiful ACT of Connecticut Theater in Ridgefield, announcing their official reopening with a string of performances at the end of October. ACT will present The Last Five Years from October 28 through November 15, 2020. Both limited in-person seating and livestream tickets will be available. ACT promises comprehensive re-opening protocols, including regular sanitation, limited seating, hand sanitizer stations, in-seat delivery of concessions, and everyone must wear a mask, staff and audience members. ACT has been shut down since March of 2020 through the pandemic, it seems as if the smaller venues have a better chance at re-opening quicker, so much has to be done to existing structures to ensure the patron's safety. It's a good sign though, that the arts will survive Covid-19.