The pandemic has made planning Stage West’s future productions into an exercise in patience! While the state included live theatres in Phase 3 of reopening, there are a few hurdles that still have to be navigated. Here are some of the main issues:
1) Stage West is a union theatre and half of the performers in the plays are members of Actors’ Equity Association (AEA). That union has a moratorium in place preventing members from working due to safety concerns.
2) Social Distancing within any performance space is pretty tough. Following 6-foot distancing, we are left with 24 of 144 seats in our Jerry Russell Theatre. Our new flexible space should provide a little more distancing room though!
3) Producing at a reduced capacity of even 50% means productions finishing heavily in-the-red.
Not at Home Nights – starting as soon as September!
During Not at Home Nights, our Lobby Café will hold two seatings, Thursday-Saturday nights, for limited numbers of guests. Those dinner seatings will bookend a unique entertainment each night. One evening may feature a singer or dancer, another night a musician, and still another, a lively story teller or magician. The limited number of tickets each night will mean plenty of room to enjoy a socially-distanced evening out, paired with delicious food!
The progress on phase one is astonishing! Not only has the general contractor been on task but the Stage West tech team has been assisting where possible by framing out doorways, installing rehearsal hall flooring, and more! Even our executive producer got into the spirit by power-hammering several panels of stucco off to expose a beautiful original brick wall.
Using the same color palette selected for the Lobby Café, the phase one project is looking fantastic! We can’t wait to share it with you!
Virtually Stage West
Virtually Stage West was born from the desire to stay connected with our patrons, support local artists, and continue to engage in creating entertainment. While nothing can replace the feeling of joining together in live theatre, we wanted to provide some escape...
Take 10: A Virtual Reading Series: features four 10 minute plays. Enjoy “live” theatre at home, while supporting local theatre artists, many out of work due to COVID-19.
Game Nights: Our Game Nights series offers unscripted goofiness from staff members, as well as from cast members from Life Sucks and An Octoroon.
Westie Wednesdays! A short Q&A with each Stage West staff member featuring questions ranging from the pertinent (“How did you get started in theatre?”) to the ridiculous (“What animal best describes your role at Stage West?”). We are quite sure you could never guess our answers.
Music Mondays: freshen up your soundtrack and get to know the Stage Westies with a weekly peek into what we’re playing while we work from home.
Miss the Lobby Café? Every Tuesday check out Cooking with Pam and Cocktails & Mocktails with Randi. Follow along step by step as Cafe Manager Pam Huie and Chef Arturo Limon whip up some of your favorite dishes. Then treat yourself to a delicious cocktail (or mocktail) with our long-time Lobby Cafe server, Randi Proffitt Leyva!
What the Tech? If you ever asked yourself that question, or wondered what goes on backstage, our Production Team is here to answer all your questions. Join our Assistant Technical Director/Shop Foreman Karlee Perego, Master Carpenter Allen Dean, Company Manager/Production Stage Manager Tiffany Cromwell, and Education Stage Manager, Flower Avila as they introduce basic shop, stage makeup, and costume mending skills.
Virtually Stage West is our way of staying connected until we can see you all back in our home at Stage West.