Theatre is back at Eastern Michigan University’s campus after having to evolve to virtual performances over a year ago, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Their first in-person performance since March 8, 2020, will take place Oct. 15-17 at the Legacy Theatre, with William Shakespeare’s farce “The Comedy of Errors,” according to a statement from the EMU Theatre.
“We are thrilled to be returning to in-person performance!” Pam Cardell Cato, assistant managing director for EMU Theatre, said in an email. “I can't wait to be there with an audience watching the performance on opening night. That will be a very emotional moment for a lot of us that have been away from what we love for so long.”
In-person performances for the same show will also be held Oct. 22-24, the EMU Theatre spokesperson said. Performances held on Friday and Saturday will start at 7 p.m. and performances on Monday will start at 2 p.m.
Everyone attending the in-person performances are required to adhere to current COVID protocols and wear a face mask while in the building, the EMU Theatre spokesperson said. COVID-19 vaccinations and testing are strongly encouraged, and those experiencing COVID symptoms are asked to not attend.
Social distancing will be implemented by leaving an empty seat between parties, and the EMU Theatre asks patrons to maintain three feet of distancing while in the building.
“Right now there's a lot of additional work to be done to keep everyone safe and distanced but it's worth it to be able to come together as a community again,” Cato said.
Ticket prices for The Comedy of Errors are $18 regular admission, $14 for Seniors that are 60 and older, and $12 for students and mainstage patrons, according to the EMU Theatre spokesperson. Tickets are available in person at the Sturgis Hill Ticket Office, by phone at 734-487-2282, and online at www.emutix.com.
Sturgis Hill Ticket Office hours are Monday through Friday from Noon to 5 p.m. and 90 minutes before showtime.
Those interested can find more information at www.emich.edu/emutheatre.