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Performing arts theatres in Newfoundland and Labrador have returned to full capacity – but is it too late?

Take away Keys:

  • With a few rules, funerals, marriages, and concerts can now run at full capacity.
  • With fewer cases of Covid-19 in Newfoundland and Labrador and a high rate of vaccination, the health department will allow weddings, funerals, and concerts with full capacity.

Now, with a high rate of vaccination and lower cases of Covid-19, it is now on an urge that people are connected socially. Hence, the province’s Health Department is allowing events like weddings, funerals, and concerts to be organized with full capacity with certain guidelines.

However, it is good news but for venue operators like David Smallwood at the Rotary Arts Centre in Corner Brook, it is hard to save the upcoming Christmas theatre season.

The capacity of the center’s theatre can house about 90 spectators but during Pandemic it was allowing 35 people with social distancing measures. Smallwood reduced the artist’s performance fee for all gigs from $1,000 to $500 each night.

While he is thrilled with the prospect of a full house, he claims that most performers reserved the stage months in advance and signed contracts for three or four nights to compensate for half-capacity seats.

Smallwood stated, as a result, they will honour the commitments they have signed. In the meanwhile, they’ll strive to improve attendance, but it’s highly probable that they’ll have three evenings with 40 or 50 people.

The band from Newfoundland when learned about the increased venue numbers, they saw it as a chance to give back to the community.

The upcoming Christmas band performance will be touring Arts & Culture venues around Newfoundland, and instead of trying to sell the additional seats, they will give them away to front-line employees.

“There was no stress or concern regarding the tickets. It’s the least we can do, and it feels great “Geraldine Hollett, a member of the band, stated.

Read More: Performing arts theatres return to full capacity in N.L. — but is it too late? | CBC News

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