Classic Theatre plans for the company’s 2020-21 season performances to be all outdoor. As Texas exists in the throes of COVID-19, many businesses are in the process of adapting so they can continue to provide services. Kelly Hilliard Roush, the executive and artistic director at Classic Theatre is no different.
Rousch explains that the theatre is on plan J and that this plan also comes with contingencies, too. She explains, “This is our season about being adaptable and flexible, and we’re asking everyone to come along with us,” The company has recently announced that the three plays it plans to put on, “Macbeth” which will be performed October 2-25, “Our Town”, February 5-28 and “Antigone”, April 8-May 2, will all be outdoor open-air performances.
The first two weekends of each play will be held at the San Antonio Botanical Garden in the amphitheater while the last two weekends will be at The Espee in St. Paul Square of San Antonio. Each venue will provide patrons with seated pods that will be clearly marked and spread out to enforce social distancing. Masks will also be required and the theatre will also have branded masks for sale.
Due to the continued uncertainty that a crisis like the pandemic provides, there are also backup dates for each show in February, March, and April. If none of those backups come through, then the company plans to stage all three of the aforementioned shows in the month of May. Because of this new format, ticket purchasing has also changed. Classic plans to offer flex passes that customers can use in any way they desire and will be good at all three plays.
Roush says “It is our desire and plan to do these shows we have announced, but we realize they could be postponed or canceled. If that happens, the passes can be converted to a donation to the theater. It’s a way for people to invest in the theater and the hopefulness of going forward.”
Flex passes can be purchased for $100 for three tickets that are good for every show. Visit their website for more information.
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