A community theatre group is facing its Waterloo after deciding to go ahead with their ABBA production in defiance of COVID. My my.
Proving that nothing is original, and proving that the show must not go on, a community theatre group in Nebraska has decided to carry on with their production of Mamma Mia! and COVID be damned.
Obviously one can guess what happened next, as 63.2% of the cast soon rang their doctors with an SOS and have since tested positive for the virus. While the cast have yet to comment on the situation, one can naturally assume that they thanked the music for giving it to them.
Chris Peterson of OnStage Blog noted that “North Platte Community Playhouse finished its run of the ABBA jukebox musical on Aug 2nd. Local news reported the positive tests among the cast just days later. The outbreak has now shut down the playhouse and theatre until February 1, 2021.”
“One of the things that we’re saying as directors is to hopefully have people keep that six-foot distance away. If they feel comfortable wearing those masks, we want them to be wearing masks if they feel inclined to,” director Tyler Cronin told local news.
Peterson also wrote, “it’s unclear if the theatre provided temperature checks on audiences entering the building nor made improvements to its HVAC system to enhance air cleaners or add filters that many other theatres have done.”
Details continued to emerge, as while the audience may have been socially distanced, the cast wasn’t. A since-deleted promotional video for the show apparently showed them performing the musical with no apparent distancing.
“The most important message that we have for our community right now is to practice social distancing and wear face coverings. We will post new case information as soon as we are able,” the health department wrote in the Facebook post.
Community theatre longing for exemption in order to continue butchering the words of Fältskog, Ulvaeus, Andersson, and Lyngstad for a local audience may be new obscene depths in a banner year for avarice; but hey, all the things they could do, if they had a little vaccine, it’s a stupid world.