More changes to the local theater schedule, thanks to Covid-19.
Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe is delaying the opening of its world premiere musical, Ruby, following news of recent infections among members of its previous production, Joyful! Joyful! The final three shows of that production were canceled, and rehearsals for Ruby put on hold to follow CDC guidelines for quarantine and retesting. As of now, rather than opening next week as originally planned, Ruby will begin performances on Jan. 26. WBTT has also decided to cancel the planned Jan. 17 live performance for its annual “Dr. Martin Luther King Jr: Celebrating His Legacy” program. The company will now offer free streaming video from a previous celebration at westcoastblacktheatre.org, Jan. 17-31.
In addition, Florida Studio Theatre, which had recently announced its Stage III series of works in its Bowne’s Lab theater, has made the decision to cancel the three-show Stage III season. A press release from FST says, “The rapid rise of the new Omicron variant prompts this decision....Adding Stage III to the already intense lineup of shows risks compromising the needed safety protocols to deal with this new variant.”
The 2022 Stage III subscriptions will automatically be rolled over to the 2023 season. If subscribers want to make different arrangements, they can call (941) 552-1521.
Asolo Repertory Theatre had to postpone its opening night for its production of Hair several times in November due to positive Covid tests and other issues, but as of now plans to proceed with the opening of Our Town next week.
Stay tuned for more changes as the Omicron variant continues to wreak havoc with schedules and plans.