Dear Friends of New Stage Theatre,
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, New Stage Theatre has prioritized the health and safety of our artists, audiences, students, and staff. As we prepare to return to live performances with Little Shop of Horrors, opening on October 5, 2021, we will continue to upgrade the facility with safety measures while we monitor conditions and recommendations from local and CDC officials.
Recently, New Stage Theatre distributed a survey to our audience and found that more than 93% of regular attendees reported being fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Many supported mask requirements and fully vaccinated audiences. Since June, the theatre has also had a full vaccine requirement for all artists and staff.
The survey response has encouraged the recent decision to expand our health and safety measures to include six fully vaccinated audience performances. See the dates below.
There will continue to be some performances where vaccination proof is not required. Our goal is to provide as many theatre going options as possible, for varying audience comfort levels, while maintaining a safe environment for all.
We will continue to update our safety policies as circumstances require. Thank you for your support of New Stage Theatre. We can’t wait to Celebrate our Next Act Season 56 with the audience!
Francine Reynolds Dawn Buck Bill McCarty
Artistic Director Managing Director General Manager
Fully Vaccinated Performances
Patrons must present a photo ID and show proof that they meet the CDC definition of being fully vaccinated* at the time of entry to into the theatre. Patrons may display proof of vaccination with a physical or digital copy of their vaccination card, as well as proof of identity. Masks will also be required for all performances for all guests, regardless of vaccination status, except in the case of medical condition prohibiting mask wearing and while eating or drinking in the lobby areas. Dates for Little Shop of Horrors: October 6, 8, 10, 12, 14 & 16
Physically Distanced Performance
On October 13, New Stage will provide a Physically Distance Performance of Little Shop of Horrors. Audience size will be less than 100, masks will still be required, and reservations need to be made by calling the box office at 601-948-3533.
No Vaccination Requirement Performances
All other performances of Little Shop of Horrors are open to non-vaccinated and vaccinated audience members. Masks will still be required. Tickets are available on our website by clicking Buy Tickets above or by calling the box office at 601-948-3533. These performances are October 5, 7, 9, 13, 15, & 17.
We will require masks to be worn upon entry to the building with expectations for masks to stay on until you exit the building. This is for our safety, your safety, and mandated by Actors Equity Association, the union for actors that we work with to bring in our out of town guests. We will also follow the City of Jackson Executive Orders, as well as recommendations from the MS Department of Health and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
New Stage’s air conditioning systems were inspected by professional technicians with Environment Masters to follow protocols prescribed by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers. We have followed the updated protocol that required recirculated air to include at least 20% fresh outdoor air to effectively dilute coronavirus particles. We also upgraded all air filters throughout the theatre to best-in-class hospital-grade MERV 13 filters.
Sanitizing and cleaning of high-touch surfaces will happen between each performance and hand sanitizer stations will be located throughout the theatre lobby and Hewes Room spaces.
Touchless Ticketed Efforts
Tickets will be emailed to audience members and scanned at the auditorium doors.
Our entire company (staff included) will be vaccinated, so actors will not be wearing masks during performances, but will get weekly COVID tests.
Our decisions are based on long discussions, mandates from Actors Equity Association, recommendations from the MS Department of Health, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as City of Jackson Executive Orders. We also observe and speak with fellow theatre colleagues across the United States. Our decisions are not meant to be political, judgmental, or shaming in any way. We are dedicated to diversity, equity, inclusion, and access in all forms.
*Center for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) Definition of “Fully Vaccinated”: In general, people are considered fully vaccinated 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine. If you don’t meet these requirements, regardless of your age, you are NOT fully vaccinated.