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March 25, 2021

Goodspeed delays indoor reopening to fall

Photo | Goodspeed Opera House Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam.

Goodspeed Musicals is pushing back the start of its indoor theater season to September.

In a statement released Wednesday, Goodspeed artistic director Donna Lynn Hilton and managing director David B. Byrd said Connecticut’s reopening guidelines, concerns about social distancing, and safety protocols required by artists’ unions will make it impossible to stage performances inside East Haddam’s Goodspeed Opera House by June, as originally planned.

The company’s production of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical “South Pacific” is now expected to open in September. Performances of “Anne of Green Gables” have been moved to the 2022 season.

Goodspeed Musicals said all current ticketholders will be contacted by email regarding their tickets. Ticketholders are being asked not to call the theater’s box office directly due to limited staffing.

The company is planning to stage events this summer on the Goodspeed lawn. Programming details and a schedule for “Goodspeed By The River” are expected to be announced soon.

Theaters and performance spaces affected by the COVID-19 pandemic will soon be able to apply for assistance from the federal government.

The U.S. Small Business Administration will begin accepting applications for the Shuttered Venues Operating Grant on April 8. The program is authorized to disburse over $16 billion in grants to businesses such as movie theaters, theatrical venues, and museums.

Applicants must first register with the federal government’s System for Award Management to receive the grant.

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