WARSAW – The Wagon Wheel Center for the Arts has announced that it will perform “Always… Patsy Cline” outdoors in a tent in an effort to provide the safest experience of theater possible.
“After talking with the mayor of Warsaw and the Kosciusko County Health Department, we have come up with a new plan. One we hope you will like as we go back to our beginnings. The Wagon Wheel started in a tent 65 years ago and we are taking this show outside under a tent for our performance run thanks to Warsaw Party Rental! The actors will be under the tent performing and seating will be available around the tent.” The Wagon Wheel said in a release on their Facebook page
Details include limiting the audience to 225 people. Everyone must still purchase a ticket. Tickets will be available for purchase each night (as long as the show is not sold out)
Performances will be Thursday through Sunday for three wekends – August 6 – 9, August 13 – 16, and August 20 – 23.
Performances Thursdays through Sunday will begin at 7 p.m. Sundays performances will be moving to 6 p.m. to avoid the major heat of the day.
The Sunday, August 16 show will still be for seniors 65 and older.
In case of bad weather, ticket holders will be able to exchange tickets for another performance. Rain dates will be the last weekend in August if needed.
The tent will be set up at the bottom of the hill next to the garage. Seating will begin immediately outside the tent and extend into the lot.
Due to the seating situation, the show will not be “In the round” like normal, but will be set up as the traditional head-on “Proscenium” type stage.
The theater asks that the public purchase tickets before you arrive to cut down on congestion at the bottom of the hill. Audience members can bring their own chairs or blankets or the theater will provide chairs. The audience may also set up a tailgate tent to provide shade. Tents must be set up in the back to avoid blocking any views.
When guests arrive as a household, they may sit together – 6 feet away from other patrons on all sides. Staff and volunteers will have their temperature checked as they arrive. Anyone with a temperature of 100.4 or higher, will be asked to go home.
Markings on the ground will be in place to remind of social distance.
Please enter the main entrance off of Center Street and drive down the hill to have your tickets scanned at the ticket tent and the theater will then have you park in the lot and walk to where you would like to sit.
Hand sanitizer will be on hand in the seating area. Sanitizing will be done to all high touch areas before, during, and after shows. All seats that are supplied will be sanitized before and after the shows. Portable restrooms will be available.
Organizers said they are still working out if and how we can do concessions.
Face Coverings are recommended but are not required due to being able to social distance outdoors but patrons are asked to use one.
“We are doing everything in our power to give you something to look forward to and we hope that you are as excited as we are that we can bring you a great, live performance of Always…Patsy Cline. Just like it would have been performed 65 years ago!” said a statement from the group on Facebook.