“We had simply completed auditions for it at the moment final yr, after which we acquired the information of what was occurring,” Anderson stated.
The present was additionally fully forged, however the stage sat because it did Friday, March 12 — empty, with no crowd.
Over in Dilworth, Todd Carlson, the proprietor of TAK Music Venue, stated they’ve misplaced out on greater than 100 bands and artists over the previous yr.
He stated he acquired numerous small enterprise loans, however they’ve barely stored his constructing afloat.
“(The loans have) been useful, however it’s been very, very in need of what’s wanted,” Carlson stated. “I’ve most likely solely 10% or much less of what I wanted to get via these instances.”
The stage inside TAK Music Venue in Dilworth, Minn., shows a swim meet Friday, March 12. The leisure constructing has misplaced over 100 acts over the previous yr, in response to proprietor Todd Carlson. Tanner Robinson / WDAY
Regardless of having exhibits canceled in 2020, Carlson still had a few of them on stage, for a crowd at 25% capability.
When Gov. Tim Walz upped the capacity to 50% Friday, Carlson felt cautiously optimistic about letting extra individuals in.
“I did not construct (TAK) planning to function at 50%, so (we’re) nonetheless needing to maneuver that needle additional, however yeah, it is a step in the fitting course,” he stated.
However others, like Anderson, are excited to have any viewers within the seats.
“I spotted rapidly final yr, all the things that we do, each single factor that our group does, includes crowds, and it includes lots of people, and loads of college students,” she stated.
Each Anderson and Carlson are hoping for extra lights, cameras and motion on the stage, as they each get nearer to regular.
“We have been engaged on the plans for this summer season for now two years principally, so we’re simply able to do it,” Anderson stated.
Trollwood is planning on keeping “Cinderella” as its musical this June, and the entire forged who auditioned final yr and acquired in might be a part of it.