THOMASTON — Landmark Community Theatre is presenting “A Christmas Carol” in a socially-distant seating plan at the Thomason Opera House. Performances are at 7 p.m. Dec. 5, 11, 12,18 and 19, and at 2 p.m. Dec. 6, 13 and 20.
Landmark Community Theatre has been making preparations for a limited reopening of the theatre. “In an effort to ensure the safety of all involved, LCT has rearranged the seating in the auditorium by removing every other row of seats.” members said in a statement. “Each ticket order will be placed in a row with additional space in front, in back and to the sides of each party. Total seating for each performance will be 100 patrons maximum. This is less than 20 percent of (the theater’s) total capacity.
According to LCT, other safety measures include using air circulators to introduce constant fresh air to the house. There will be numerous automatic hand sanitizing stations throughout the opera house. The theater company says it is using an ionizing disinfecting sprayer between each event, as well as wiping down doors and other touched surfaces. Patrons will be contact screened upon arrival by taking temperatures and answering questions. Face coverings or masks will be required throughout their visit. The performance will be presented without an intermission to reduce any unnecessary mingling, according to LCT.
LCT has also created a safe environment for the volunteer performers. The selected version of “A Christmas Carol” is a live radio play version. The show takes place on a sound stage of an old-fashioned radio program in front of a studio audience. This version is similar to the famous 1940s Orson Welles broadcasts of the Dickens’ classic, according to LCT. “Each actor will be stationed at their desk with a microphone, script, minimal props and costumes. Any musical entertainment will be pre-recorded or performed in an isolated sound booth. The play is presented by six actors, performing all of the characters in the story.
The play will also be available to watch at home. Ticketholders to the live event, season subscribers and any 2020 patron with tickets or credits from postponed shows during COVID-19 may request a complimentary access code to view this event at home. Other interested viewers may purchase admission for a nominal fee, allowing access to the live stream and unlimited recorded views through Jan. 1, 2021.
“It is the hope of LCT to begin the return to normalcy at the Thomaston Opera House by providing entertainment options this holiday season,” members said. “Three of the scheduled musicals for 2020 have been postponed to similar time slots in 2021. Plans are under way to fill in the rest of next year with new offerings. The early part of 2021 will be filled with programs as the pandemic will warrant. The larger scale productions will be added when possible. Subscribers and would be ticket holders are encouraged to participate in preseason sales in anticipation of a full theatre recovery.”
For more information on tickets and updates, follow Landmark Community Theatre on social media or visit www.landmarkcommunitytheatre.org. Due to COVID -19 limitations, tickets through the Thomaston Opera House box office are available during limited staffed hours. Patrons may leave a message or email the box office for a returned call at: 860-283-6250 email@example.com