Happy to see you again! That’s Erie Playhouse’s message to audiences as he opened his first in-person production in a year and a half.

The musical Something Rotten has been in the works for 18 months. The COVID-19 pandemic closed the theater in March 2020.

As the live hearings returned, proof of vaccination was required or a negative COVID-19 test. People were still required to wear face masks.

For the first time in over 500 days, the Erie Playhouse hosted a live audience to enjoy music, singing and bright lights.

“This cast is so excited to be able to bring this show back on stage and to be able to once again welcome an audience full of people to experience the theater live is a huge joy for all of us,” said Kate Neubert-Lechner. , General Manager of the Erie Playhouse. “When you are not able to produce theater, when you are not able to produce things that bring in income, it is very difficult, but we have managed to hold on with the support of the community. and support for certain government grants. We were lucky to come out on the other side because some organizations weren’t as lucky as we were. “

Something Rotten actor Curtis Jones III says that being away from the stage for so long has a mental impact on you.

“I’m sure this pandemic has taken its toll on a lot of people mentally, so to be able to have it for me personally, it just meant that the world could be back with friends doing what we love and sharing with the world. what we love to do, ”said Curtis Jones III, actor of Something Rotten.

For Jim Zahler and his wife, this is their first musical they have seen since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I look forward to the future and hopefully more games on a regular basis,” Zahler said.

“I’m so excited they’re finally opening Something Rotten, it’s so close to my heart,” said Jeanne Santos, a resident of Erie.

The theater went through a period when all but two of the staff were put on leave.

It was only this month that The Erie Playhouse was able to reinstate all of its staff.

Production runs until October 17. You can click here to purchase tickets.

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