Landmark Community Theatre prepares to begin reopening after COVID-19
Landmark Community Theatre has been hard at work getting the Thomaston Opera House into shape for a post COVID-19 reopening. It is crucial that the new operations follow all of the COVID safe recommendations set out by the CDC, Department of Health, and the state of Connecticut. This includes providing hand sanitizing stations, socially separated seating, temperature checks, cleaning all surfaces and purifying the air.
Through a grant from the Thomaston Savings Bank Foundation the Opera House has been refitted with touchless faucets and soap dispensers in the restrooms. All entrances and other designated areas have been equipped with touchless hand sanitizers. More so, the facility’s HVAC system has been retrofitted with infrared UV light filters. This system introduces fresh outside air at the same time as purifying the recycled air. Landmark has also purchased an ionizing disinfecting sprayer to be used before and after performances to ensure clean surfaces.
Other modifications include a box office system change to automatically create separation of two seats on either side of ticket orders allowing for social distancing. Landmark has also temporarily removed every other row of seats for further separation. Revision continues on a house staffing plan to provide instruction for cleaning, social separation, and crowd control.
Landmark’s first public performance is scheduled for May 1, 2021 at 8:00 PM; Thomaston High School Project Graduation Committee presents the standup comedian Tom Cotter. This is a fundraiser that was postponed from Spring of 2020 when it was canceled due to the pandemic.
Landmark Community Theatre has also solidified it’s 2021 theatrical schedule. Two shows postponed during 2020 will be presented beginning this Summer. The Sound of Music is slated to open this July. Kinky Boots originally scheduled in the Spring of 2020 will be rescheduled to October of this year. The holiday production will be the Community Theatre debut of Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer the Musical in December.
The 2021 season will begin with a small cast comedy called The Foursome by Norm Foster. The play is a full-length comedy. Four old school chums get together for a friendly round of golf after a college reunion. An early morning T-off and these fellows are carrying more than just their golf bags! Old rivalries, romances and bragging rights are won and lost in 18 entertaining holes.
Landmark Community Theatre is eager to welcome patrons back to the Opera House. Many ticket holders have been waiting for over a year to take their seats for their selected productions. Landmark will be honoring all reserved tickets at their corresponding rescheduled performance in 2021. However, all ticket holders will be allowed free exchanges to other performances or credits to use during any other production in the future. These credits are similar to gift certificates in that they do not expire. They will maintain full admission values even if ticket prices rise over time.
All ticket inquiries and purchases may be made by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling the box office at 860-283-6250. Box office hours remain limited awaiting the return of vaccinated volunteers.