In February, Governor Steve Sisolak increased capacity restrictions to 35% or 100 people for public gatherings and events in Nevada. These public gatherings and events included live theatrical performances.
Theater production companies in the Carson City area were on lockdown over performance schedules, including Stephanie Arrigotti, producer and director of the Western Nevada Musical Theater Company.
“Even if I lose money because I can’t pack my house, and that’s about what pays our bills, and they’ll get me 50% occupancy, I’ll do a show in May,” Arrigotti said in February regarding capacity restrictions inside gambling houses.
March 15 marked even looser 50% capacity restrictions for most businesses, but continued to hamper businesses like WNMTC, which hosts all performances at the Bob Boldrick Theater inside the Carson City Community Center. .
“We were ready to take the stage when we heard that the capacities had been increased to 50 percent,” said Arrigotti. “But I learned that the social distancing restrictions were still in effect, which reduced the capacity of the theater to about 12%.”
According to Arrigotti, the WNMTC postponed its review performance to the last weekend of August, 27, 28 and 29. This happened when news about the governor’s statewide reopening plan Sisolak for 100% capacity were announced in April.
“We are excited about the governor’s new release of social distancing restrictions on June 1,” Arrigotti said. “To celebrate our return to the stage, we named the magazine“ Home Again!
Rehearsals for the review will begin promptly on August 1, Arrigotti said, due to the limited amount of time left before the show later in the month. Lead performers and dance troupes will be borrowed from previous shows to save time.
WNMTC’s “Once Upon a Mattress” production has moved to the weekends of November 5 and 12, Arrigotti said.
“We will be holding auditions on August 2 for anyone who wants to join the cast of ‘Once Upon a Mattress’,” Arrigotti said.
Wild Horse Productions is also busy rehearsing and scheduling shows for the summer and winter curtain draws. According to Carol Scott, executive director, three pieces are slated to make their public debut by the end of the year.
Currently, the children’s theater is preparing a virtual performance of “This is Me” from The Greatest Showman. The video will be filmed in early May in hopes of providing a finished product to the community for viewing in the weeks to come, Scott said.
“Heather’s: The Musical, High School Edition” is the company’s current stage project. Carol said the show is scheduled to take place over two weekends, July 10 and 17, at the Bob Boldrick Theater inside the Carson City Community Center.
Additionally, Wild Horse will present a one-day special and two shows from their production “Alice in Wonderland, Jr.” Sunday August 1.
“I don’t know if we can be in it (next door) right now, but we’re just playing it by ear,” Scott said of the August play. “Right now we’re using the Brewery Arts Center outdoor stage. We work around the Levitt festival and concerts.
Finally, Scott said Wild Horse is hoping to hold auditions for their staging of Disney’s “Moana”. This show should go online in the winter of 2021.
“Hopefully (the show) will be there and come back to the playhouse,” Scott said. ” We cross fingers. ”
Scott is hoping Wild Horse doesn’t have to worry about the social distancing of members of the public when they find their seats in the theater on June 1, when 100% capacity is allowed.
“We just want to get Alice in Wonderland and Heathers out of the books and have the kids perform and hopefully start over with Moana like we usually do,” Scott said.
Ticket sales and more information on WNMTC’s production of “Once Upon a Mattress” can be found here.
More information on upcoming shows and ticket sales for Wild Horse Productions can be found here.