COVID spike forces changes to local theater groups


ST. LOUIS – Just days before opening, a spike in Covid cases has resulted Representative of St. Louis Black arrive postpone its next production,”Dontrell, Who kissed the sea”Until summer.

Black Rep founder and executive producer Ron Himes said: “We’re glad we didn’t have to cancel it and we were able to set a date to move the show to July.

The move comes after a meeting with the University of Washington, which has Edison Theaterwhere the company does.

“I think that’s just the way the numbers are going up at this point, we feel that, out of caution, that would be the best thing to do,” Himes said.

Black Rep were able to kick off their season in September and they hope to be back soon for more shows.

“We expect that spike to drop by the end of this month. Our next production was scheduled to premiere on February 9, and so we started rehearsing for it. And we’ll see,” Hines said.

The Muny is preparing for the 2022 season; but due to ongoing COVID concerns, All auditions will be handled virtual.

“So all actors will have to submit their audition tapes, whether it be a dance, a song or a scene,” said Michael Baxter, artistic partner of The Muny.

Auditing through video submission may be new to some, but outdoor theater is providing tools and guidance to help people have a positive experience.

“Through excellent email correspondence, instructions on how to put together and self-record, all available on our website. How to even upload YouTube links to Google Drive, we are here to care and love everyone through the process.”

Despite the challenges, The Muny very excited to be actively looking for actors for the summer, hopefully the show will continue.

“We always think positively and correctly. We always hope that there are brighter days ahead,” said Baxter. “And these are the solutions we’re thinking of today to get us to a more positive place.”

Muny is now accepting audition video for The Muny Kids and Summer Youth Chorus. Deadline is January 21st. Visit their website for more information on audition window for Muny Teens and Equity and Non-Equity actors.

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Huynh Nguyen

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