After nearly three months, performances in theaters and performance halls in Texas have officially ended.
According to the third phase of Governor Greg Abbott's plan to reopen Texas amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the state will allow the "Art Performance Hall" to operate indoors at 50% capacity .
However, it may take months to start live performances again in several venues.
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Maybe the first scheduled theater performance in North Texas will be
At Sundance Square in Fort Worth.
It was originally scheduled to debut on March 17, and then rescheduled to May 29. The curtain on "How I Overcome" is now officially scheduled to begin on Friday, June 19.
Christie M. Howard, the managing director of the Jubilee Theatre, said: "[We are very proud because we know we are the first to do it." ."
Since the Jubilee Theatre was forced to close in mid-March, several investments have been made to encourage social distancing and safety. Plexiglas partitions were installed between the public and the box office and between the concession booths in the lobby area. The theater itself can usually accommodate 143 people, and half of the seats in the theater are blocked to promote safe social isolation. Behind the scenes, the staff added plexiglass partitions between the public restrooms and between the actor's dressing room and the wash basin in the dressing room.
Most performances scheduled to be held in other venues in the area during the summer have been cancelled, which means that many venues will remain closed for the foreseeable future.
The Broadway blockbuster "Hamilton," originally scheduled to sing in Fort Worth on Tuesday night, made its debut, but none of the tour companies performed again. The ACTAs Equity Association, which represents live theater performers and stage managers, has not yet approved more than 50,000 of its members to resume work.
Representative Bath Hall said that even if the actors were allowed to perform and their travel company was on the road, due to the 50% performance capacity limitation, performing a well-crafted Broadway show was “not economically feasible”.
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