As vaccines become more prevalent and Arizona slowly eases out of the pandemic, Theatrikos Theatre Company has set plans to reopen.
Theatrikos Theatre Company, Northern Arizona’s live theatre, embracing the spirit of Broadway, has been dark due to covid precautions since March 2020 when the pandemic struck. The theatre will reopen on July 24 with performances of Native Gardens at the Arboretum. Then with performances of I Hate Hamlet opening on October 1 at Doris Harper-White Playhouse.
“Theatrikos has carefully established very rigorous safety protocols,” says Issi Rayner-Fried, Theatrikos safety coordinator. Rayner-Fried, specifically recruited to help the theatre navigate the pandemic, says, “In theatre we live by the motto that the show must go on. But more importantly than that is the health and safety of our Flagstaff community. The Arboretum allows for great social distancing and has the best air circulation Mother Nature has to offer. Per the most recent CDC guidelines, masks will still be required at the outdoor performances.”
“I am proud of how carefully Theatrikos considered reopening so the public as well as cast and crew are protected. An open-air show and social distancing allows everyone to begin to enjoy live theatre again,” said Theatrikos board member Joe Washington. “Theatrikos is being responsibly cautious as we resume our season and we are constantly monitoring Covid rates and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines.”
Performances of Native Gardens will be at 2 pm on Saturdays and Sunday, July 24, 25, 31 and August 1. There will be a talkback after the matinee on Sunday, August 1. The usual opening reception has been cancelled due to safety protocols. Tickets can be purchased online at Theatrikos.com; by calling 928 774 1662; or by visiting the theatre’s box office, which is open from noon to 6 pm Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays and two hours prior to each performance.
Native Gardens is sponsored by The Bluffs, Warner’s Nursery and the Arboretum. I Hate Hamlet is sponsored by The Bluffs.
For nearly 50 years, Theatrikos Theatre Company, an award-winning non-profit theatre embracing the spirit of Broadway, is one of Northern Arizona’s leading arts organizations. Located in the Doris Harper-White Playhouse in historic downtown Flagstaff, the theatre proudly offers nearly 70 performances of musicals and plays annually.