Tonight, Springer Opera House debuts their new outdoor theatre for opening night of Singin' in the Rain after COVID-19 forced the theater's 2020 production to close early. Now, a year later, the cast and crew are returning to finish their run... outside.
“COVID transmission rates are inching downward in Muscogee County but patrons aren’t quite ready to gather indoors yet,” said Springer producing artistic director Paul Pierce. “We anticipate a continued downward trend as the weather warms and the impact of the vaccines takes hold. Meanwhile, this amphitheatre will give patrons a quality theatre experience designed for safety.”
Singin' in the Rain marks the first show for Springer's extended season. They've repackaged their remaining shows as the “Springer Theatre Festival” and designed a comfortable fresh-air performance space with distanced seating, an outdoor lighting system and advanced video projection equipment. The stage they've built is a broad, thirty-two foot space situated right next to the 150 year-old historic theater.
Whether you're a lifelong theater fan or ready to see your first show, there are some important details to know before you go. We talked with the Springer staff to find out what they'd like their audience to be aware of in advance. Here are their tips for patrons coming to Springer's Outdoor Theatre for the very first time.
-All patrons must enter through the gate on 10th Street
-Mandatory temperature checks and masks are required for all patrons.
-The gates will open at 7:30 p.m. Each show starts at 8 p.m.
- All seats are sold as General Admission. Seating will be given on a first come, first served basis. -Chairs are provided. -Concessions will be open, but no alcohol will b allowed outside of the gates.
-No umbrellas allowed inside the venue. -Worried about the weather? Visit our website www.springeroperahouse.org for the most up-to-date information on weather protocols, cancellations. All weather updates will be posted 12 hours prior to the event!
-Springer Opera House is offering special group rates for 10 people or more. Contact the Box Office at 706-327-3688 to book a group. -Check out our website for all upcoming events. Shows are happening (almost) every weekend until June 26th! www.springeroperahouse.org