Opera Australia has canceled its New Year’s Eve program La Bohem And Thursday’s performance after the company recorded a positive COVID-19 case that morning.
The company spends $ 25,000 per week on rapid antigen testing, now performing daily offers.
“No one can go on like this indefinitely, it’s unstable and tiring,” said chief executive Fiona Allen. “It will be easier if you can plan; We could stand people, we could let the audience know that they could transfer their tickets but we are literally taking these things day in and day out. What are the alternatives? Do nothing at all? Moving forward is the only aspect of travel we can take. ”
Bangara’s artistic director has been given a two-week break from Christmas rehearsals due to Kovid-19 infection. Farewell production of Stephen Page Woodjung, And then suspended a three-day open night.
Committed to move forward with Bangara Woodjung The company has been committed to the development of the show and to the local storytelling for many years.
According to its executive director, Lisa Tomay, the excitement has created some sleepless nights, and requires incredible commitment and discipline from the cast and crew to keep the bubbles and keep themselves as far away from the outside world as possible.
Only one “miracle” allowed the Darlinghurst Theater Company to perform all-song, all-dance. A chorus line After some cast members became infected with COVID-19.
Executive Director Glenn Terry said the dates had to be moved at the last minute to give time for separation and recovery.
“Fortunately Riverside was available and the festival was perfect for him. It has all been shunted forward. It’s a bloody miracle. “
Box office ticket sales for the Paramatman season have been better than expected, and Terry has urged audiences to support art wherever they can. “Typically, a show like this will sell like a hotcake in a limited season. In South Africa, the Covid-19 outbreak peaked and went away quickly, and I hope our Sydney Opera House performances will be timely here. “
There is a lot of risk involved for the Darlinghurst Theater Company and other independent theaters. “For us, these shows make us less commercial and pay for our day-to-day running. We need them to do better,” said Terry.
Tim Jones, the Seymour Center’s artistic and programming manager, says he is constantly revising plans to keep performers and audiences safe. For its upcoming production Museum of modern love, Removed an audience participatory element that was originally the focal point of the creative approach.
Other components have been redesigned to maintain the strictest possible safety standards. The center had a strong COVID-related refund and exchange policy to further boost the confidence of the audience to buy tickets. “However, there is a strong trend that they are buying tickets later, much closer to the selected performance,” Jones said.
Festival organizers have had trouble finding skilled technicians. It is difficult to find safety and medical personnel on site. Brown, general manager of Mandala Social, said: “It’s incredibly difficult for staff to have an event right now. “Our CEOs are dusting off their jackets for stage-manage shows, how hard it is.”
He says there is a need to understand more about risk measures, for example, sitting in a theater with a mask on than watching a festival on an expressway.
“We like many in the music and performing arts industry and face incredible uncertainty with so many obstacles and devastation,” Toomey said, without a national barrier-free insurance scheme that has expanded to screen screens like the Commonwealth.
Cancellation insurance has been introduced in Victoria but not in the NSW, and the federal government has remained resistant to a national scheme. The NSW government has announced an event saver fund, which promoters can draw for compensation.
An official spokesman said details of the funding would be released soon and that it would continue to work with the sector to find “appropriate solutions to the objectives” to help organizers deal with COVID-related cancellations and barriers.
“The rest of the year looks better if the National Cancellation Policy exists because it allows us to plan a pipeline of events,” Robinson said, and it helps build confidence across the community.
But Alan warns that cancellation insurance cannot be a cure unless lockdown is mandatory. It could be about waiting for the virus and the return of international tourists.
Meanwhile, Hit musical Hamilton, Which canceled four shows from 22 December to 2 January, is underway.
Australian theater producer Michael Cassell said: “It was really nice to be back at the theater last Wednesday and see a capacity-packed audience and people traveling from all over Melbourne, Dubois and beyond.” “Given the current situation, we are in a slightly different position than expected, with many people unable to watch the show during the lockdown. It could be very different. “
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