Town Hall Arts Center returns to in person shows

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A COVID barrier divides the actors from the audience at Littleton Town Hall Arts Center on April 15, 2021

Antonio Cvjetkovic and Jake Smith

It’s been over a year since most indoor performing arts spaces in Colorado went dark. But as more people are vaccinated and restrictions are lifted in communities, local theaters are getting creative to reopen safely. At this point, it is safe to say that various Colorado theaters can’t wait to open their doors back to everybody. Colorado’s large venues like the Denver Center for Performing Arts and the Arvada Center have yet to resume live shows. But community theaters are taking advantage of their small size. The Aurora has been open since September but has kept cast sizes and audiences small. The Town Hall Arts Center in Littleton has also announced it will be returning to in-person shows. One of the shows you can watch now is “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, ” which runs Friday, March 19 through Sunday, April 18. Dave Johnson, box office director, stated that the theater plans to fully re-open by September. He went on to say that “With the current setup, the actors and the audience are having small issues with the glare from the lighting on the COVID  barrier they have placed around the stage.”

When visiting the theater, you must also consider the new rules in place, such as no tickets will be printed. All patrons who purchase tickets will receive e-tickets. Any patrons experiencing difficulty with the technology aspect of e-tickets may contact the box office. If you do not have access to your ticket at check-in, they will have a printed list of all audience members and can verify your ticket from that list. When it comes to COVID-19 precautions, it is best advised you wear a mask inside of the theater and keep at least 6 feet apart from one another when seated in the theater.  There will also be a limited number of seating, a maximum of 60 seats per show. For those who cannot come in person, the teachers said streaming shows and virtual education programs have become popular and thus will readily be available for many. In a statement from the Littleton Town Hall Arts Center Education Manager Robert Michael Sanders, he commented, “We’ve learned a new skill. We’ve learned a whole new way of presenting a story. I don’t think that’s going to go away.”