But now it’s time for us to draw back the curtain and take to the stage once more!
In Autumn 2019, with the curtain coming down on Evita, we were all enjoying the thrill of packed houses and happy audiences. As usual, we started rehearsals for our next show, All Shook Up, almost immediately, with a cast chosen and musical numbers and dances to learn. Everything was going so well, and the first tickets had started to sell, when in March 2020 the world stood still.
We decided to postpone All Shook Up until October 2020, and although this was a tough decision to take, we felt we owed the caution to our members and audiences. Little did we know that October 2020 and April 2021 would go by, with still no sign of the theatre word re-opening.
But now, since July, we’ve finally got back to rehearsals. And it’s certainly different. We keeping our distance from one another more than we usually would – not so many hugs and kisses – but we’re singing again and that feels wonderful. We’re putting together a fabulous show and now all we need is an audience.
Of course, things won’t return to the old normal overnight. Our audience for All Shook Up will be socially-distanced and many will choose to wear masks. That makes sense at the moment, and hopefully by the time we present Made In Dagenham in April 2022, things will seem even more normal.
So, it’s time to recover from COVID, bit by bit. Time for us to take to the stage again, and hopefully for our audiences to return too. Tickets for All Shook Up are on sale now, so let’s hope our socially-distanced audience is a capacity one.