Theaters prep to reopen their doors

Closed for the majority of the pandemic, Kalamazoo County theaters are ready to raise the curtain again.

With COVID-19 infections on the decline and state COVID restrictions a thing of the past, theaters are eager to get back to business. But going back on stage isn’t as simple as raising the curtain.

The Barn Theatre in Galesburg recently celebrated its 75th anniversary with a plan for making sure the space is COVID safe.

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“We are very excited about being back at full capacity,” said Managing Director Patrick Hunter in an interview with WWMT. “We’ve had our ventilation checked for appropriate air flow. We have our entire cast and crew on a regular testing regimen.”

The Barn already has a full lineup of shows planned for the summer, starting with Dolly Parton’s 9 to 5: The Musical beginning July 6.

Meanwhile, the State Theatre in Kalamazoo isn’t quite ready to launch indoor shows.

Marketing Director Harry Phillips said it takes time to book musicians. But he’s eager to do so.

“There’s nothing quite like seeing someone who’s waiting to see their favorite band burst through the door to find their seats and how excited they are to come to the theatre,” he said.

The State has a number of outdoor shows lined up over the summer. At the moment, its first indoor show will be a Fleetwood Mac tribute band scheduled for August 27.

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