Enjoy Live Theatre
I have attended live theatre performances for many years. It is exciting and thrilling to see people on stage right in front of me. The acting, singing and dancing are a true joy to observe. I especially enjoy live community theatre. The close and intimate space provides an amazing chance to engage more than performances at larger venues.
Won’t Watch Theatre on Videoconferencing
Yet, when the pandemic struck in 2020 theatres shut down and like most people I stop going. Many theatres slowly started offering an alternative to watch performances via videoconference. I made a meager attempt to attend but felt disconnected from what was actually happening on the stage. Watching from a computer monitor was just not the same. Plus, I missed the interaction I had with other theatre goers. Sitting amongst the crowd provided ample opportunities to converse, laugh and connect as a group. So, I begged off and decided to pass.
I had just signed up for season tickets right before the pandemic and was disappointed that I couldn’t go. My local theatre suggested instead of a refund to wait. I did and now the theatre is back open and I have attended about 3 plays this year. The First one was the day before World Theatre Day on March 27. The production was about love and relationships. The ups and downs of a couple dealing with life and raising a child. Pretty typical stuff, right? Yeah it was, but the ability to be in person was just awesome and here’s why.
Clear COVID Instructions
1. The theatre gave clear instructions on COVID restrictions. When the decision came to reopen, the theatre communicated with patrons the expectations. I knew well in advance to wear a facemask. I had to have a negative COVID test or a vaccine card. I also had to provide photo ID. These protocols helped me feel more comfortable about returning. I knew there would be safety measures in place.
Easy Transportation Arrangements
2. After selecting my ticket, the theatre not only sent me a confirmation but additional info. In my email I was given background on the performance along with the estimated run time. In the past I would have to call to find out when the performance was ending. Since I use paratransit, a specialized public transportation service, I have to tell my ride when to come and return. This saved me a phone call and I could schedule my transportation easier.
Seating Spread Out
3. Once I arrived and checked in, the usher told me about where to wait until the doors opened. We had the option to sit inside or outside on benches under a canopy-style tent. When it was time, the usher guided me to my seat. We were spread out a bit and everyone seemed comfortable with the arrangement.
This whole experience really helped me to feel better about being out and in crowds again. Prior I was feeling cagey about returning to my old routine. I realize the pandemic is not totally over but we still have to continue with life. How and what that looks like is the thing we are learning daily.
Are You Attending Live Theatre?
Have you gotten out again since the pandemic? Why or why not. If you have what things did you do to feel better about the experience?