Theatre lovers rejoice! From Wednesday 1 July, the Dubbo Regional Theatre and Convention Centre (DRTCC) will be reopening to the public for the first time since March (2020). As Coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions have started easing in New South Wales, DRTCC staff are looking forward to welcoming patrons back.
Manager of DRTCC Linda Christof, says that staff have been busy working behind-the-scenes during the closure period, making sure things are COVIDSafe when the public returns.
“We will be opening the Box Office from 9:30am – 4:30pm for anyone who wants to purchase tickets, check on the status of shows, or buy gift certificates. We’re also encouraging cashless transactions wherever possible, so that we can keep our patrons and staff safe,” Ms Christof said.
There will still be online services available to purchase tickets and make other transactions, as well as phone services for those who prefer to limit their contact with the community.
“If you’re coming to visit us at the DRTCC, you’ll notice things are a little different, with floor markings at a safe distance, sanitiser stations, and a table for you to sign-in so that we can keep a record of who’s coming and going,” Ms Christof said.
Many shows have been postponed or cancelled, but the first season show set to return to the stage is the cabaret extravaganza Club Soda, which can easily be presented with social distancing requirements.
“We’re excited to be able to bring shows back to the community, and what a way to restart our season – a cabaret performance that will entertain and engage the audience so they feel part of the show!” Ms Christof said.
Mayor of the Dubbo Region, Councillor Ben Shields, said that having shows returning to the DRTCC is an exciting step in Dubbo Regional Council’s recovery from COVID-19.
“Most of our Council facilities are back up and running, and it’ll be great to have the DRTCC joining the list on Wednesday. DRTCC has the benefit of a number of large open spaces, to be able to comply with the 1.5m rule within the 4 square metre rule,” Mayor Shields said.
In addition to floor markings and sanitisation stations, operations within the theatre itself will be a little different, with social distancing required. It means that there will be multiple theatre seats between patrons, and a cap on the number of tickets being sold per show.
“We kindly ask that if you are attending a show at the DRTCC, that you follow our social distancing requirements so that the shows can continue to return and bring fantastic entertainment to our region,” Ms Christof said.
The Box Officer reopens on Wednesday 1 July (2020) at 9:30am.