They’ve changed the practices to make sure it’s a safe experience for everyone.
MACON, Ga (41NBC / WMGT) – The Macon Little Theater is returning to the stage after closing its doors more than 500 days ago.
Even though they have found ways to do virtual performances during this time, they are thrilled to finally have a live audience for their production of “Songs For A New World”.
JP Haynie is the artistic director of the Macon Little Theater. He says the performing arts have been hit hard during the pandemic. Haynie estimates they suffered a 90% loss for the 2019-20 fiscal year.
“There is so much spending on live theater at the start and you really don’t see anything of that coming back until we have a live audience, tickets sold and people enjoying our show,” Haynie said. .
He says it has been difficult to get back into business. They’ve changed the practices to make sure it’s a safe experience for everyone.
The cast and backstage crew are fully vaccinated, they will limit the number of people in the audience to allow for social distancing, and members of the audience are required to wear masks.
Haynie says “Songs For A New World” is an incredible comeback for them.
“The audience will be blown away by the quality of this performance and will talk about it for months. Hopefully that’s just the foot in the back door. We have a full season of productions coming up, ”said Haynie. “This is, hopefully, just the first of many shows that will be returning to the Macon Little Theater.”
Charlie T. Thomas is an actor in “Songs For A New World”. He says the play is a wild and fun emotional roller coaster. Participants can expect entertaining music ranging from gospel to jazz.
Thomas says virtual performances were enjoyable for the artistic part of things, but not having an audience just wasn’t the same.
“Just the community of having people there who live with you, connect, interact, there’s nothing like it. It’s really hard to replicate, so I’m glad it’s happening again,” he said. Thomas said.
The shows will continue until August 29. You can get ticket information on the Macon Little Theater website.