American Players Theatre
5950 Golf Course Road
P.O. Box 819
Spring Green, WI 53588
Box Office: 608-588-2361
James Ridge (Rough Crossing, 2021) emotes for us as we contemplate the return to our beloved rotating rep! Read more about what that means, and how APT is working through COVID protocols in this week's Road Back.
We know our audience is an inquisitive and well-prepared bunch. You’ve got to be when you’re packing a picnic, dressing for the weather and getting your brain prepared to get down with some classical theater. So it’s no surprise that we’ve received a fair number of calls and emails asking what our COVID protocols will be this season. To be honest, for a couple of reasons, we’re still working that out. So it seemed sensible to get as close to ticket on sale as possible before making the call, to mitigate the changes that might come down the road.
The first consideration is that, though conditions are improving, they could change again before we start to climb the Hill in June, given the unpredictability of this pandemic. Second, our partner unions – especially Actors’ Equity Association – will likely revise the protocols that protect their members at least once before the season begins (for example, leaving the front rows empty to provide distance between the actors and the audience). We are also learning about the new CDC guidance and what that means to us at APT.
Though there are still plenty of pieces moving around the board, rest assured that we will announce audience protocols before tickets go on sale to returning ticket buyers on March 21. And keep in mind that the protocols we put in place this month may be subject to change before and throughout the season, based on pandemic conditions and union regulations.
Overall, we’re planning to be mostly back to pre-pandemic normal this year, especially in ways our audience will notice.
First and foremost, we will be back in our usual schedule, with five plays (three on the Hill and two in the Touchstone) opening in June and another three (two on the Hill and one in the Touchstone) opening in August, and a shoulder season in November. Furthermore, you’ll see most actors in two or three plays.
Is there a risk to this? Yes, there is. APT recently spent dozens of hours modeling the ramifications of a scenario where several actors would need to be out of shows for an extended period, and considering the risks from all sides. In the end, we decided to go ahead as planned, a little nervous, perhaps, but knowing the audience will support us, come what may.
Other “back to normals” of note:
And of course, the season won’t really be back to normal until we have YOU here. We hope you make the trip – we’d love to see you.