Freeman Stage gets ready to reopen
SELBYVILLE, Del. – The Freeman Stage in Selbyville is getting ready to kick off their summer season, while making sure their staff and patrons are safe. “With our board and staff we had to come up with a multitude of plans. It came down to really public health and safety for staff, volunteers, artists and patrons,” said Joshua M. Freeman Foundation executive director Patti Grimes.
The theatre is going to have “pods” that are 6 feet apart where up to four guests can sit together. “We have a lawn, so that gave us flexibility that a lot of other organizations didn’t have with seating. Really we wanted to create pods, which are circles and put 4 chairs in each of these pods and then physically distance each of the pods 6 feet apart,” said Grimes.
Although some of the national acts had to be cancelled, Grimes says that the theatre is turning their attention to local musicians. “We’re just really going to focus on – we have such great local and regional talent. We’re going to focus on presenting those, and from an economic recovery standpoint, there isn’t any better thing than being able to support local artists,” said Grimes.
Grimes says that the theatre is excited to start entertaining people again, and that the arts are a good way for people to begin to enjoy life again. “The arts are so essential. They’re essential to well being and health and they bring joy and hope, and certainly that’s the right dose of medicine for all of us right now who have been indoors,” said Grimes.
Grimes says that staff will be provided with personal protective equipment – and guests will be asked to wear face coverings when attending shows. She says that she expects the theatre to begin hosting musicians by mid July. The theatre will be operating at about 15% capacity.