It’s a devastating day for the Newcastle theatre group and potential audiences, with corporations cancelling exhibits as a consequence of new COVID-19 restrictions and the rise in domestically acquired circumstances.
The NSW Authorities introduced COVID Protected Guidelines this afternoon for leisure venues throughout the entire state. These embody, solely having 50% seating capability or abiding by the one individual per 4 sq. metre rule indoors.
Choirs at indoor venues are additionally not permitted to sing.
Whereas venues exterior Larger Sydney can select to run exhibits with these guidelines in thoughts, many have made the exhausting resolution to cancel or postpone.
With Larger Sydney, together with the Central Coast getting into a stay-at-home lockdown at 6pm, many viewers members planning to journey for leisure would have been pressured to cancel their dwell present plans as effectively.
After such a blow to the leisure business in 2020, cancellations are the very last thing administrators and performers anticipated or wished this time round.
St Phillips Christian Faculty have carried out ‘Excessive College Musical’ to hundreds of individuals on the Newcastle Civic Theatre this week. However with new restrictions, the venue and manufacturing crew made the choice to cancel their last efficiency.
They’re providing full refunds, nevertheless many households will now miss out on seeing their youngsters, some in yr 12, in a present they’ve labored on all yr.
In a press release on Fb, a spokesperson from the Faculty wrote “We’re so upset to announce that as a consequence of NSW State Authorities Restrictions introduced this afternoon, the ultimate efficiency of Excessive College Musical can’t go forward this night.”
“Our college students and workers have labored extremely exhausting to carry one more pleasure crammed Senior College musical to the stage. We thank each individual concerned for the dedication they’ve poured into this superb manufacturing.”
Newcastle Theatre Firm have additionally cancelled their last efficiency of The Home of Bernarda Alba.
Singer and comic, Tim Minchin was anticipated to carry out at The Civic Theatre on Monday and Tuesday night, however has moved his exhibits to September.
With many dwell performs, musicals and concert events developing throughout town, performers have spoken out, hoping they’ll go forward at full viewers capability after the 2 week Larger Sydney lock down.