Utah Shakespeare Festival delays opening night time efficiency this week as COVID-19 hits firm

The Cedar City pageant’s massive opening of “All’s Well That Ends Well” received’t occur till subsequent week on the earliest.

(Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune) The Englestad Shakespeare Theatre on the Utah Shakespeare Festival in Cedar City, on Saturday, July 3, 2021. The opening efficiency for the 2022 pageant has been delayed due to a COVID-19 outbreak within the firm.

The opening night time efficiency of the Utah Shakespeare Festival initially scheduled for Thursday has been postponed, because of a COVID-19 outbreak amongst firm members.

And the exhibits which are nonetheless taking place — even the musicals — can have forged members sporting masks onstage because of this, pageant officers stated.

The pageant’s deliberate Wednesday night time preview efficiency of “King Lear” and Thursday’s opening night time efficiency of “All’s Well That Ends Well” had been canceled, as a result of members of the corporate “recently tested positive for COVID-19,” pageant organizers advised ticket-buyers in an e-mail Tuesday.

Wednesday’s different efficiency, a preview of the musical “Sweeney Todd,” had beforehand been canceled, pageant spokesperson Donn Jersey stated Wednesday.

Jersey stated eight members of the corporate examined constructive for COVID-19 this week.

According to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Iron County — the place Cedar City, the pageant’s residence, sits — is taken into account within the “low” transmission class for COVID-19.

Revised lineup

The remainder of the week’s schedule seems like this, Jersey stated:

Wednesday • No performances.

Thursday • The 2 p.m. preview of “The Sound of Music” will go on; the opening of “All’s Well That Ends Well” is canceled.

Friday • The 2 p.m. preview of “Trouble in Mind” and the 8 p.m. efficiency of “Sweeney Todd” (now billed as a preview) will go on.

Saturday • The 2 p.m. preview of “Clue” will likely be carried out. As of Wednesday morning, no choice has been made on whether or not the 8 p.m. efficiency of “King Lear” will go on; if it does, it will likely be thought of a preview efficiency.

Sunday • The pageant historically doesn’t schedule performances on Sundays.

The pageant’s Greenshows will go on as scheduled.

Ticket refunds, exchanges obtainable

Festival leaders have advised all firm members they have to put on masks always, Jersey stated, together with actors throughout performances. No choices have been made for exhibits past this week.

People with tickets for the canceled exhibits can get a refund, alternate them for tickets to a later present, or get a present certificates for use later. The pageant field workplace is working to contact all who’ve tickets to canceled exhibits.

Performances of “King Lear,” “All’s Well That Ends Well” and “Sweeney Todd” will likely be staged within the Engelstad Shakespeare Theatre, the open-air venue modeled after the previous Globe Theatre during which Shakespeare initially produced his performs.

“The Sound of Music,” “Trouble in Mind” and “Clue” are set for the indoor Randall L. Jones Theatre.

Jersey identified that theater firms worldwide are coping with COVID-19 outbreaks, and the issue shouldn’t be remoted to the Utah Shakespeare Festival.

The pageant is scheduled to run by means of October 8 at Southern Utah University in Cedar City.

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