New Stage welcomes back in-person audiences

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JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – New Stage Theatre announced they will now allow for people to watch an upcoming musical called “Rising Toward a New Day” live in-person.

According to officials, curtain times and dates for performances are Friday, June 4 and Saturday, June 5, 2021, at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $25 and can be ordered online.

Francine Reynolds, who is the artistic director, said, “You can’t just capture that magic of a performance of the stage, an audience responding to that performance in real-time. There’s just a magic.”

In just two weeks, cast members will perform in person for the first time since the start of the pandemic.

“We have songs in the beginning, in the first act that are about taking the stage and about creating, why we love theatre, why we need it, why we need the arts. And the second act moves us towards songs about hope and songs about inspiration that leave us ready for a new beginning,” Reynolds explained.

Initial ticketing purchase will be general admission; Patrons will be assigned their seats prior to the production and will be sent an email with a specific seat assignment according to social distancing guidelines at the time.

Reynolds said while the stage was dark, they still hosted virtual classes and zoom performances, but it just wasn’t the same. She said although it is exciting to have a live audience, they will still take COVID precautions.

Audience capacity will be at a reduced capacity as the theatre works to a full re-opening in the fall. As part of the theatre’s public safety protocol, masks will also be required along with social distancing within the auditorium. Security will also be provided.

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