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.