Family shows are scheduled to go on in Raleigh this month -- with some extra hand sanitizer, caution
The family shows will go on at both Raleigh Little Theatre and Theatre Raleigh this month -- but with some extra hand washing and hand sanitizer to help guard against spreading the coronavirus.Posted — Updated
"We are communicating regularly with staff, crew, and performers—and we all feel a strong a conviction to that classic theatre adage—the show must go on," wrote Lauren Kennedy Brady, Theatre Raleigh's producing artistic director.
"In addition, we are monitoring the situation daily and will continue to take the recommended steps laid out by the Centers for Disease Control," she wrote. "We encourage our patrons to use simple, everyday actions that protect us all from respiratory viruses, including frequent hand washing and properly covering every cough or sneeze. If you are sick or a member of a vulnerable population, we recommend that you stay home. We are happy to exchange your ticket for another showing."
Raleigh Little Theatre is taking similar steps.
"Hand sanitizer dispensers have been placed all throughout the theater, in addition to soap that has always been available in every bathroom," Patrick Torres, RLT's artistic director, wrote in the email. "We are increasing the scope of our daily professional cleanings with additional sanitizing of handrails, door handles, surfaces, etc."
All of RLT's education classes and camps also will begin with mandatory hand washing or use of hand sanitizer. And staff and teaching artists have been trained to encourage smiles and jazz hands as a form of greeting instead of handshakes, high fives and hugs, he wrote.
"As a city-owned building, we are in direct and frequent communication with the City of Raleigh so that we can stay informed and respond quickly to any new guidelines. We are following their guidance regarding how to proceed with our programming," he wrote. "As of now, we feel it is safe to continue with all currently scheduled shows, events, and classes. If anything changes, we will promptly provide clear updates on our website and through email communications."
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