Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Lamb’s Players Theatre, Act II Likely to Start in 2021

Lamb’s Players Theatre has been closed since March, mid run of the musical Alice. When the show’s run was cut short, the cast got creative. While sheltering in place at home, the cast of Lamb’s Players Theatre production of the musical ALICE put together this coronavirus adaptation of “The Telephone Hour” from BYE BYE BIRDIE.

“Alice” Angela Chatelain Avila & cast photo by Ken Jacques

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Now, after five months of closure, Lamb’s is reevaluating a reopening plan. On August 28th, Governor Newsom laid out reopening plans that included theater. At the time of this publication, San Diego is listed in the “Substantial” Risk Category. This indicates that movie theaters can open with a max of 25% capacity, however, live theater does NOT fall under this category.

Robert Smyth, Producing Artistic Director, of Lamb’s educates that instead of falling under the same category as movie theaters, “we are in the same category as fan attended sports and indoor concerts.” He adds, “Lamb’s is purposefully built as a very intimate, stacked amphitheater, so the audience is close to the actors. We can’t socially distance, and having 40-50 patrons is not fiscally viable.”

This is in line with what other live theaters are experiencing. Robert shares, “We are a ways away from opening; Broadway is not opening until 2021. However, we are not cancelling any of our shows- just postponing them.” Robert says unless there is a miracle and a vaccine for the virus, he doesn’t see things changing for the theater industry anytime soon.

Inside Lamb’s Theater

Along with the state, Lamb’s has to work with the hurdle of the actors’ labor union as well. Actors’ Equity Association has not given approval for actors to share the stage together. Another piece to consider is the audience themselves. Robert reports that from those surveyed, most people are not comfortable sitting inside a theater with others.

Until Lamb’s can safely reopen, they are working with a skeletal staff. Robert informs, “we have let go of the cafe and our offices. We are staying busy by working on repairs and maintenance.” He also shares some of the creative projects they have been working on. “50 of our Associate Artists are working on eight world premier productions to be released over a number of years. We also have a Lamb’s cookbook coming out in September- theater people enjoy good food!”

“I Miss Live Theater” Shirts Available for Purchase

Something else to look forward to is an album titled “Songs of Hope,” and handbags that the costume department has made from the 25th anniversary banners that hung on Orange Avenue last year. To support Lamb’s now, t-shirts are available for purchase that read “I miss Live Theater.” The best way to aid Lamb’s is by donation. Robert is optimistic when he says, “as a non profit theater, we can survive if we get the right donations. The tax deduction has increased with the CAREs act as well.”

Like many businesses in Coronado, Lamb’s is not a stand alone business. Robert says, “we want to get open again. 86% of our patrons go out to eat in Coronado before or after the show. This is an economic engine for the community. We will get through this.”

 

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Alyssa K. Burns
Alyssa is a graduate of Coronado High School and was in the founding broadcast journalism class at CHS. She earned her BA in Communication from CSU East Bay and completed her MBA from CSU San Marcos. Her passion for writing and interest in the behind the scenes of business, leads her to write frequently about Coronado businesses. You can find Alyssa walking around the ferry landing with her husband and shih-tzu terrier or enjoying a cup of coffee at one of Coronado's favorite cafes.Have a story for The Coronado Times to cover? Send news tips or story ideas to: manager@coronadotimes.com
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