SO, I AM ATTENDING AN OUTDOOR PERFORMANCE,
WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW?
- Each production will perform the first two weekends of shows at the San Antonio Botanical Garden and the last two weekends of shows at The Espee (previously known as Sunset Station).
- Shows will be held at 7:30 PM on Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays, except for a few Thursdays in April 2021.
- Both venues hold over 500 people, but we are going to be limiting the capacity per show to 99 people.
- All audience spaces, referred to as “Pods,” will be clearly measured and marked out beforehand to allow a physical distancing of over 6 feet between each seating area.
- Temperature checks will be given at the entrance of each venue, and hand-sanitizing stations will be made available.
- Actors will be masked and physically distanced from the audience by over 10 feet and over 6 feet from one another, in their own designated “Pod” on stage.
- Masks are mandatory. However, the following exceptions will apply:
- Any person younger than 10 years of age
- Due to a medical condition or disability
- While consuming food or drinks
- Please bring your own chairs and/or blankets to each performance you attend. The Classic Theatre of San Antonio will have masks and chairs available for purchase, should you need one.
If there are any questions about the policies and procedures, please feel free to reach us at (210) 468-3900. Thank you and we look forward to seeing you “in the rough!”
Rethinking the Theatre Space
We are moving outdoors! A Season 13 update from The Classic Theatre San Antonio:
We long to be together again with our artists and patrons to have a shared experience of live theatre. One of our greatest strengths pre-COVID was the intimacy of our space. In the current environment, it is one of our greatest challenges. We have been working diligently to figure out how to continue producing excellent theatre that is relevant, diverse, entertaining, and transformative, and at the same time keeps our patrons, artists, volunteers, and staff safe.
Because of the constraints of our current space, as long as social distancing is required in any form, The Classic will not be able to perform in our theatre. All indications are telling us that social distancing will be necessary well into the year 2021.
Given all of this, The Classic Theatre is making a bold move! Season 13 will be a season of Theatre in the Rough. We are moving outdoors. This will allow us to produce excellent theatre while adhering to proper physical distancing measures. We are working on some exciting collaborations to make this happen.
Our mission has not changed, and as we know more, we will continue to communicate our plans.
We look forward to seeing you, safely, and hopefully soon!
While arts performance venues are allowed to operate at 50% capacity in Phase III, distancing between groups is still required. The Classic Theatre has one exit and entrance, very minimal lobby space, and only seats 99 patrons in the theatre. Because of the constraints of our current space, as long as social distancing is required in any form, The Classic will not be able to perform in our current space. For example, given distancing requirements, we would only be able to seat about 10 patrons. We also are committed to the safety and well-being of our artists, and our dressing room space, as well as our stage, is limited in size and is difficult to maintain distancing requirements for our performers. Additionally, we recognize that many of our patrons are above the age of 65, and are classified as a vulnerable group. Even with Phase III opening plans, it is still recommended that vulnerable groups remain at home if possible.
We long to be together again with our artists and patrons to have a shared experience of live theatre. One of our greatest strengths pre-Covid was the intimacy of our space. In the current environment, it is one of our greatest challenges. We are working diligently to figure out how to continue producing excellent live theatre that is relevant, diverse, entertaining, and transformative, and at the same time keeps our community safe. Our mission has not changed. As we know more, we will continue to communicate our plans.
The cast & crew of Our Town
Dear Classic Patrons,
Yesterday evening, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that people throughout the U.S. should avoid events of 50 people or more for the next eight weeks. With that recommendation, The Classic Theatre of San Antonio is suspending all performances for the near future- Our Town will be postponed to a future date.
We are committed to performing Our Town for our town when we have gotten through this crisis. Thank you for your patience as we work to move forward in the best possible manner. More information to come.