Arizona theater seeks input from its patrons as they plan on reopening

As more places reopen around the state following the end of the state's stay-at-home order, theaters have not.

"It’s getting harder. Every month that goes by is a little, but more concerned about what it’s going to take to restart," said Kiel Klaphake, CEO and Executive Producer of Arizona Broadway Theatre.

Arizona Broadway Theatre has been closed since March 15. Klaphake says while they are eager to get the show on the road, he knows it may take some time until patrons feel safe entering these doors. Earlier in the week, the theater company put out a survey to get feedback from the public.

"We had an overwhelming response to the survey stating that they are very enthusiastic in coming back," said Klaphake. "They are willing to adapt to some of the new requirements that we would have to impose upon them. Whether it is a recommendation or requirement to wear a mask, and certain hand sanitizer and things like that."

Klaphake says his big plan, when they reopen, is to open with the musical Chicago. Although it may be some time to get to that point, he remains optimistic.

"Bottomline is we will return. Theater is resilient, and arts is resilient, and we’ll find a way to emerge from this," said Klaphake. "What it will look like in the future, we are not totally sure. If we have to do smaller casts for a while."

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