Vancouver’s Arts Club Theater to resume live performances after COVID-19 shutdown
VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – More than a year after COVID-19 forced the performing arts in British Columbia to take a brutal recall, Western Canada’s largest theater company is planning its gradual reopening.
that of Vancouver Arts Club Theater is looking forward to resuming live and in-person performances as soon as the province enters the second phase of its restart plan that will see audiences of up to 50 people.
Artistic director Ashlie Corcoran says they have three shows planned, all suitable for a smaller audience. Two are individual productions and the third is an audio piece.
“These are actually games that we were hoping to play. We made the plan to do them last winter, and we are waiting and awaiting public health directives to allow them to come together again, ”she explains, noting that the company had tested these kinds of little ones, socially distanced. productions during a brief reopening last November.
“We’re pretty confident in our abilities to safely respond to public health measures that come out and keep our audience, artists and staff safe.”
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Getting people back to the theater and selling tickets is crucial for the survival of the theater company. Corcoran says 90 percent of the revenue comes from the box office, and going 15 months with virtually no representation has been a huge blow. She estimates that the cancellation of 24 shows will mean a loss of revenue of about $ 13 million. Of the 697 artists and freelancers employed by the company, nearly 400 have lost their jobs.
“If we are not able to pull together, our business model cannot function as it normally does. So it has been a very difficult year for us, ”said Corcoran.
“It has been a difficult year for our community, a difficult year for the individuals in our community, and we have really tried to focus on maintaining the connection with our audience, keeping as many of our staff employed for as long as possible. . “
One thing Corcoran appreciates about the province’s reboot plan is how clearly it spells out what people can expect during each phase.
“We really love how transparent they are and how there are really clear benchmarks, it really helps us in terms of planning how we’re going to reopen in a phased or phased manner.”
The plan – as long as British Columbia continues to reduce cases and hospitalizations – will allow larger gatherings as early as September. Corcoran says she and her colleagues are head-gazing and planning fall and winter productions.
“We are also in the process of preparing our plans for a larger reopening which will take place in November for the family theater, the largest of our venues. Our plan is to open this place with a big Christmas show, ”she explains.
“We really can’t wait to get back to this scope and scale of theater. “
For now, says Corcoran, the prospect of returning to any live show is a relief.
“We know it has been a difficult year on many levels for many people. So we keep our problems in perspective, but to be able to come back, to be able to do shows, to be able to welcome the public again safely in our venues – that will be something to celebrate. “