April 6, 2021
The following guidelines are intended to make those entering Town Theatre as comfortable and confident in our return as possible. Our goal is to create an environment where guests can feel safe at the theatre. Of course, individuals will still have a choice whether to attend based on their personal discretion.
We have air purification systems in the house, in the Moreau Youth Theatre Wing and the green room/dressing rooms that use needlepoint bipolar ionization (NPBI) technology to deliver clean indoor air.
We have a ULV Cold Fogger and HOCl maker – allowing Town to generate and distribute disinfectant on site. The auditorium is fogged in between audiences. Dressing rooms/classrooms are fogged when needed. The stage, props area and backstage are fogged in between shows.
Town Theatre spaces are cleaned and disinfected per SCDHEC Guidelines including sanitizing shared items such as props and microphones. A focus is placed on high touch point areas backstage and in the dressing areas.
If an audience member, cast member, production team member or crew person is sick or exhibiting symptoms, they will be asked to stay home.
Through the end of our current semester, we will continue mandatory temperature checks for our students. Anyone with a fever over 100.4 will not be permitted to enter and should stay home until fever-free for 48-hours. Students will be offered hand sanitizer.
As of April 6, audiences will no longer be required to have their temperature taken.
Per the City of Columbia, masks will be required for the audience, staff and production crew unless there is a medical condition prohibiting such.
Actors will wear masks during rehearsals. During a performance, actors may wear masks on stage and will wear them backstage and in common areas.
For Broadway: Limited Exposure, the theatre will use multiple entrances and exits to separate guests and performers. For Always…Patsy Cline, this decision has yet to be made.
For certain performances, the theatre will have an overall reduced capacity to allow for more distance between groups as well as the use of multiple areas to permit small groupings. If the theatre has an “open capacity,” it will be noted on the ticketing page.
For reduced capacity shows, there will be two vacant seats separating each party, one vacant seat in front of you as well as one vacant seat behind you. Our ticketing system automatically will generate this separation. If you need the wheelchair seat, please let us know.
For performances, actors will be assigned separate areas for dressing and waiting when not on stage. We will limit the number of people entering the rear of the theatre.
Performers may be asked to do hair and makeup at home so that time in the dressing room spaces is limited. Call times may be staggered.
Choreography and blocking may be altered to accommodate for additional spacing between performers as well as the audience.