Hello… A “covid year and 3 months” later, we have been repeatedly asked by patrons and other theaters, arts organizations across the country how The Footlights Theatre stayed open, producing live theater- and what did we do to make it a safe and healthy experience to the best of our abilities. Most days I ask myself the same question, given the daily stress and anxiety this pandemic has caused me- and all those involved in the Arts. So- here are my answers.
The Footlights Theatre went above and beyond the Maine state restrictions, protocol, and guidelines. We are Maine State approved to be open and present live productions. MASKS: Face coverings must still be worn when entering, exiting and when you are in our lobby, HOWEVER, If you have been vaccinated, you may enjoy the performance without your mask on once you are seated. If you are not vaccinated, you must wear a mask. A free one will be provided should not have one.
We are increasing to 75% CAPACITY. We will increase to 100% July 20th.
There is no more 6 Foot SOCIAL DISTANCING.
Our HEPA air purifier / sanitizer systems with medical grade filtration for the theater, will continue to be “on” throughout the performance.
The entire theater will continue to be professionally disinfected, sanitized, and cleaned by a cleaning service. All theater seats, bathrooms, lobby, on stage and backstage areas are disinfected, sanitized and cleaned after every performance.
Hand sanitizer is available and encouraged throughout the theater. We will take temperatures with a non-contact thermometer if needed.
Productions last no more than 90 minutes and there is no intermission during any production. Bathrooms have flushable toilet seat covers and are stocked with disinfecting wipes, spray, and hand sanitizer.
Our actors, one tech person and one house manager/box office person are fully vaccinated. I closed the Footlights Theatre on March 13th, 2020, halfway through the run of a sold-out show, and with a major musical in rehearsals. It has been beyond stressful. We survive primarily on box office receipts, so with no show, there was no box office which meant no income. Thankfully, we reopened July 17th, 2020 and brought in some very much needed cash flow- but it's been our patrons and donors that have been extremely generous in helping us keep the theater venue open with their contributions. Without them, we would have had to close permanently. The Footlights Theatre, now completing its 8th season, has stressfully survived on 25 seats at $20 per ticket- sometimes we sold out, sometimes we played to less than 10 people or no one. But we have kept the theater from closing. There is no extra money, but the doors did not and will not close- we will not be a covid casualty.
There is now a light at the proverbial end of the tunnel- normalcy (whatever that is) has resumed as best as it can. BUT... Stay safe… stay healthy... and please, come back to the theater and enjoy a show- we welcome you and look forward to seeing you.
Michael J. Tobin Executive Artistic Director The Footlights Theatre 190 US Route 1, Falmouth, ME. 04105 (207) 747-5434 email@example.com www.thefootlightstheatre.com
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