Live shows return to Capitol Theatre in Lebanon with additional safety measures

Performers and audiences adjust to safety guidelines
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Posted at 10:18 PM, Sep 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-14 23:30:24-04

LEBANON, Tenn. (WTVF) — Shows are beginning to return to community theaters forced to close earlier this year due to COVID-19 regulations.

Music is once again filling the Capitol Theatre in downtown Lebanon, as rehearsals are underway for the Addams Family Musical.

Director of Audience of One Productions Angie Dee says in order for the show to go in the COVID era, all performers receive temperature checks and wear masks.

"We are doing what we have to do and making it as safe as possible," said Dee.

The doors at the more than 70-year-old theatre were closed for about three months due to the pandemic. The community landmark was normally booked with everything from weddings to movies to concerts. However, with the facility closed, managers had to get creative to bring in money.

"We also rented our marquee for happy birthday messages, and graduation messages for people who couldn’t gather, they got to have their name up in lights instead," said Elizabeth Rhea, Assistant Manager of the Capitol Theatre.

Now as live performances return, audience members are also required to wear masks and have their temperatures checked. Hand sanitizer is also positioned in multiple locations throughout the building, plexiglass has been added at ticket counters and seating is reduced to 50 percent capacity.

With safety measures in place, and more events beginning to fill the schedule, the hope is audiences will return to the Lebanon landmark.

"It’s a great way to support not only the arts and the theater but your community," said Rhea.

The first performance of The Addams Family Musical will be Oct. 22. Click here for more information on tickets and future shows.