Sunset Playhouse Guidelines for 2020-21 Season

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In anticipation of reopening for our 2020-21 Season, we have created extensive Guidelines for the safety of our patrons, performers, volunteers, and staff.  These guidelines will be in effect until future notice.  

Thank you for reviewing the information below. We believe that, upon reflection, you will make a personal decision as to whether the time is right for you to return to the Playhouse in September of 2020. Please know that we respect whatever decision you make, just as we know you will respect our decision to move forward with care.

We believe that the arts are more important than ever and look forward to once again offering entertainment options for our patrons, performance opportunities for our actors, volunteer activities for those ready to be busy again, and meaningful employment for our staff.

General Guidelines for Sunset Playhouse 2020-21 Season Subscribers/Patrons

  • Patrons, volunteers, and staff MUST provide and wear face masks when inside Sunset Playhouse. If mask is forgotten, Sunset will have them available – $1 donation suggested.
  • Furlan Auditorium house size will be reduced to 138 (seating map below).
  • Marla Eichmann Studio Theater house size will be reduced to 56 (seating map below).
  • Tickets will be available for purchase in-person at the box office, by phone (262-782-4430) or via email (boxoffice@sunsetplayhouse.com) For now, tickets will not be available online.
  • Patrons are instructed to stay home if not feeling well.  If any of the following symptoms, partons MUST reschedule their tickets : fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea.
  • Doors to building will open 30 minutes before show starts. As patrons enter, they will maintain social distance and move directly to their reserved seats.
  • Patrons will find social distance markings in lobby and hallways with lobby furniture removed.
  • There will be no will-call for ticket pick up.
  • Coat check will not be available, please bring personal items into the theater but do not place them on blocked off seating.
  • The Box Office window, concession counter, and Studio Bar feature plexi-glass barriers.
  • Ushers will wear gloves and will not touch tickets.
  • Programs will be a single-page, recyclable but not reusable, document available or pickup at entrances to the theater. Additional information will be on individual production web pages.
  • There will be sanitizing stations in the lobby please use before entering the theater.
  • High-touch surfaces will be cleaned on a regular basis.
  • For now, concessions will not be available. 
  • The water fountain, center sink in bathrooms, and center urinal will be disabled.
  • Performers will wear masks during a performance and will maintain as much on-stage social distance as possible within script requirements.
  • There will be no intermission for Musical MainStage concerts and SideNotes cabarets.  Intermission for Furlan Auditorium productions will be lengthened as needed.
  • Patrons will exit the theater by row, guided by ushers, starting with the back row and proceed directly to the exit. They may also exit leave via the front north/east or  south/east exits.
  • Pre-show and post-show lobby gatherings will not be possible.
  • Additional guidelines may be added—or some removed—as the situation evolves.

 

General Guidelines for Volunteers and Staff

  • Each employee/volunteer/patron is required to bring and wear a mask when in the building.
  • Volunteers/staff are instructed to stay home if not feeling well. If any of the following symptoms, volunteers MUST stay home for at least 48 hours: fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea.
  • Ushers will wear gloves and will not touch tickets.
  • Number of volunteers per show will be reduced.
  • Volunteers will keep personal items with them at all times – not stored in Sunset office.
  • Volunteers will not have access to the coat check. Coats must be kept at their volunteer seat in theater.
  • There will be social distance seating for volunteers in both theaters.
  • Patrons will find social distance markings in lobby and hallways with lobby furniture removed.
  • Outside and inside doors propped open so patrons don’t have to touch handles (weather permitting).
  • Maintain a safe distance between performers, musicians, audience, etc.
  • SideNotes cabarets and Musical MainStage concerts will be presented without intermission.
  • There will be no wind instruments in SideNotes or Musical MainStage productions.
  • There will be clear signage at all entrances listing guidelines and requirements.
  • Guidelines will be posted on Sunset’s website, social media, emails, and signage.
  • Water fountain, center sink in restrooms, and center urinal blocked.
  • For now, concessions will not be available. 
  • When concession stands do open, no coffee, unwrapped food, or buffets will be sold or provided. Bottled and canned beverages only.
  • Plexiglass dividers installed at concessions, office, and Studio bar.
  • Hand sanitation stations will be readily available in the lobby.
  • During Act 1 and after intermission, Sunset staff will wipe down railings, lobby counters, door handles, bathroom sink, and door locks.
  • Additional guidelines may be added—or some removed—as the situation evolves.

 Audition Guidelines

  • Stage manager will take temperature of all people who are auditioning as they enter the building.
  • Mask will be required during audition.
  • If feeling ill, please stay home and reschedule audition.
  • Wash hands on entering the building.
  • Auditions will be by appointment only in groups no larger than 8 – sign up at SunsetPlayhouse.com.
  • Maintain social distance while auditioning.
  • If actor feels ill during audition, they will be advised to leave immediately.
  • Sides may not be shared with other actors.
  • Video submissions will be considered – details will be available on website.
  • Additional guidelines may be added—or some removed—as the situation evolves.

Rehearsal Guidelines – Performers, Production Team, Back Stage Volunteers, Staff

  • During the rehearsal period, cast/crew will be asked to follow CDC guidelines when in public, avoid large gatherings, and to wear masks in public for the safety of themselves and fellow cast/crew/staff members.
  • Cast/crew/staff asked to not visit bars and other non-socially distanced venues as a group, before or after rehearsals.
  • Production meetings will be held virtually when possible.
  • Volunteers/staff are instructed to stay home if not feeling well. If any of the following symptoms, volunteers MUST stay home for at least 48 hours: fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea.
  • On arrival, cast/crew/staff/production team will take their temperature at station just inside door #7 and verify it is below 100.4. With your own pen, please enter N (no temp) or Y (yes temp) in appropriate date column and then use provided hand sanitizer. If 100.4 or higher, person must notify stage manager and leave building immediately.
  • Cast, crew, and staff must wash hands on entering rehearsal space and use hand sanitizer when exiting rehearsal stage.
  • When possible, rehearsals will be conducted remotely or outside (weather permitting.)
  • The number of artists and staff at rehearsal will be scheduled/limited to only those required.
  • Whenever possible, doors to rehearsal areas should remain open to allow for air flow.
  • No guests allowed at rehearsals.
  • Masks will be worn in rehearsal halls by production team and actors.
  • Performers will wear masks when on “rehearsal stage” in Esposito and Dance room.
  • Rehearsals and cast meetings will be held virtually when possible.
  • Directors, when staging a scene, will maintain as much on-stage social distance as possible between actors – within script requirements.
  • Directors will stage actors a minimum of 3 feet upstage from the end of the stage for all productions  including: Furlan shows, Musical MainStage, SideNotes, After Sunset, and Special Productions.
  • No kissing, hugging, touching on stage.
  • No actor entrances or exits through the house for Furlan productions.
  • Social distance seating during rehearsals: actors/staff should take the same seat every night and self-sanitize personal space on arrival and before departure.
  • Social distance in dressing rooms with masks worn.
  • No shared food at rehearsal or in dressing rooms. Actors/staff encouraged to bring personal, labeled water bottle.
  • Two containers for all supplies – used and unused- before reuse stage manager will spray with disinfectant spray.
  • No sharing of scripts, music, markers, supplies, etc.
  • Stage manager will disinfect production table in rehearsal hall on arrival and before departure.
  • Props person will label props with characters’ names before placing in a designated spot on prop table.
  • Technicians will sanitize equipment and there will be no guests backstage or in the light/sound booths.
  • Actors will spray individual props with disinfecting spray and return to designated spot at the end of rehearsal.
  • Where possible, actors will not share props. If they must, props must be disinfected by actors before transferred from one person to another.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available in all rehearsal spaces.
  • Couches in green room area removed for socially distanced seating. Person should sit in a designated chair and spray with sanitizing spray before and after occupying.
  • Costume Designer/Stage Manager will assign places in dressing rooms. To ensure separation of groups, Furlan cast will use the main dressing rooms, Musical MainStage cast will use the dressing room off the dance room, SideNotes cast will use the upstairs conference room as dressing room. School for the Arts will use the Esposito rehearsal hall as dressing room.
  • Rehearsal make-up will be applied at home before dress rehearsals.
  • Musical MainStage and SideNotes performers will arrive for dress rehearsals and leave after dress rehearsals in costume whenever possible.
  • Musical MainStage rehearsals will be in the Studio Theater or Esposito Hall only. Masks will be worn during rehearsals until dress rehearsal. 
  • SideNotes rehearsals will be in the Studio Theater or Esposito Hall only.  Masks will be worn during rehearsals until dress rehearsal.  
  • Additional guidelines may be added—or some removed—as the situation evolves.

Performance Guidelines – Performers, Production Team, Back Stage Volunteers, Staff

  • During the performance run, cast/crew will be asked to follow CDC guidelines when in public, to avoid large gatherings, and to wear masks in public for the safety of themselves and fellow cast/crew/staff members.
  • Cast/crew/staff asked to not visit bars and other non-socially distanced venues as a group, before or after performances with cast mates or friends.
  • On arrival, cast/crew/staff/production team will take their temperature at station just inside door #7 and verify it is below 100.4. With your own pen, please enter N (no temp) or Y (yes temp) in appropriate date column and then use provided hand sanitizer. If 100.4 or higher, person notify stage manager know and leave building immediately.
  • Production team, volunteers, and performers must wash hands on entering the dressing rooms.
  • Production team, volunteers, and performers will maintain social distance off stage, back stage, and in dressing rooms.
  • Frequent use of hand sanitizer recommended by all.
  • Light board and sound volunteers will wipe down their areas at start and finish of performance.
  • Stage manager will wipe down their area in light booth on arrival and before departure.
  • Mics will be sanitized before and after each use by sound designer. No sharing of mics.
  • Prop person will sanitize props with sanitizing spray at the end of each performance and if a prop is shared, before transferred to another actor.
  • Starting with the first dress rehearsal, performers will  be required to wear masks on or back stage.
  • Technicians will sanitize equipment and there will be no guests backstage or in the light/sound booths.
  • Performers will wear masks when on stage or backstage during a performance and will maintain as much back-stage and on-stage social distance as possible within script requirements.
  • Musical MainStage masks will be worn during performances by singers/narrators. Musicians will wear masks on stage during performances.
  • SideNotes masks will be worn during performances by singers. Musicians, will wear masks on stage, during performances.
  • Musical MainStage and SideNotes perfomers will be staged a minimum of 3 feet upstage of end of stage.
  • Socially distanced designated seating backstage for actors and crew during performances.
  • Limited number of masked backstage volunteers during performance.
  • Costume designer and director will work to limit number of costumes per actor- with the goal of minimal changes required during a performance.
  • Cast will spray costumes at the end of each rehearsal and performance with sanitizing spray.
  • Cast will sanitize individual dressing room area before and after each rehearsal/performance.
  • Makeup, hair products, combs, wigs, etc. will not be shared by performers.
  • Performers will arrive at theater with make up done. (unless extreme stage-style make-such as Beast in Beauty and the Beast for example)
  • Musical MainStage and SideNotes performers will arrive for performances and leave after performances in costume whenever possible.
  • Sunset sponsored opening night cast party and cast dinners eliminated until further notice.
  • Sunset closing night party will be for cast/crew/staff only – no guests. There will be no self-serve buffet-style food.
  • Couches removed in green room – socially distanced seating – sit in same seat every night.
  • Cast/crew/staff asked to limit interactions with patrons after performances. Meetings outside of Door #7 – weather permitting – no meetings in lobby – Lobby lights will be turned off by house manager as soon as last patron exits building.
  • Additional guidelines may be added—or some removed—as the situation evolves.

 

School Guidelines

  • Teacher will take the temperature of each student while still in their car. If 100.4 or higher, student will not attend classes for 72 hours and temperature is 100.3 or lower.
  • Students will enter designated doorways with only their group/class.
  • Students, teachers, and volunteers must wash hands on entering the building.
  • Teachers will monitor hand washing breaks every hour of class.
  • Class sizes will be limited with as much social distancing as possible. Markings on classroom floor.
  • If more than one group of students in the building at one time, there will be no interaction between groups.
  • Masks will  be required for students during classes.
  • Teachers will be required to wear masks during classes.
  • If student starts to feel ill during class, immediately isolate student and call parent.
  • No shared class supplies, costumes, or props.
  • Sanitation stations will be placed throughout classrooms.
  • Social distanced seating in class rooms.
  • No shared food or drink, no picnics, etc.
  • Teachers will sanitize heavily touched surfaces at start and end of classes – tables, door handles, light switches, etc.
  • All future performances will have limited seating based on seating charts.
  • Parents not be allowed in lobby; students dismissed to waiting cars.
  • Teachers will ensure students maintain social distance during pickup line.
  • Additional guidelines may be added—or some removed—as the situation evolves.

 

Cleaning Crew Guidelines

  • Cleaning crew will deep clean the theater, lobby, dressing rooms, and offices after each performance in the Furlan Auditorium or Marla Eichmann Studio Theater.

Box Office Guidelines

Single Tickets for our 2020-21 season will be sold only via the box office until further notice.  Tickets will be released for sale on a show by show basis (see below). To order tickets visit us in person, call the box office at 262-782-4430, or email us at boxoffice@sunsetplayhouse.com.  Your patience is appreciated as we handle a very high call volume.  Online sales will not be available to ensure we maintain seating safety.

TICKETS ON SALE SEPTEMBER 1, 2020

  • Run for your Wife  – September 10 – 27, 2020 – Furlan Auditorium Production
  • The Vagina Monologues – September 17 – 19, 2020 – After Sunset Studio Series
  • Sgt. Pepper – September 21 – 22, 2020 – Musical MainStage Concert
  • You’ve Got a Friend – October 1-4, 2020 – SideNotes Cabaret
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream – October 15 – November 1, 2020 – Furlan Auditorium Production

TICKETS ON SALE OCTOBER 1, 2020

  • Hi-Fi House Party – October 17 – 18, 2020 –  Special Event in Studio
  • Johnny Cash & Friends – October 19 – 20, 2020 – Musical MainStage Concert
  • Illusions in the Night, David Seebach – October 23 – 25, 2020 – Special Event

TICKETS ON SALE NOVEMBER 1, 2020

  • Jayne Taylor Christmas Show – November 28, 2020 – Special Event
  • Ella Meets Mell – December 2 – 6, 2020 – SideNotes Cabaret
  • A Christmas Story – December 3 – 20, 2020 – Furlan Auditorium Production
  • Don’t Stop Believing, Journey – December 14 – 15, 2020 – Musical MainStage Concert
  • 4 Weddings and an Elvis – Jan 14 – 31, 2020 – Furlan Auditorium Production

TICKETS ON SALE JANUARY 1, 2021

  • Proof – January 21 – 24, 2021 – After Sunset Studio Series
  • Surf’s Up! – January 25 – 26, 2021 – Musical MainStage Concert
  • BoyGirlBoyGirl – February 11- 14, 2021 – SideNotes Cabaret

TICKETS ON SALE FEBRUARY 1, 2021

  • The Cemetery Club – February 25 – March 14, 2021 – Furlan Auditorium Production
  • Beauty and the Beat – March 18 – 21, 2021 – SideNotes Cabaret

TICKETS ON SALE MARCH 1, 2020

  • Assassins – March 25 – 28, 2021 – After Sunset Studio Series
  • Young Frankenstein – April 15 – May 2, 2021 – Furlan Auditorium Production
  • Sinatra Swings  – April 26 – 27, 2021 Musical MainStage Concert

TICKETS ON SALE APRIL 1, 2021

  • Kids 2nd Play TBD – April 24 – 25, 2021 – School for the Arts
  • Shrek – May 2 – 3, 2021 – JR Musical
  • Razzle Dazzle ‘EM – May 6 – 9, 2021 – SideNotes Cabaret
  • Hey Diddle Diddle – May 12 – 15, 2021 – bug in a rug

 TICKETS ON SALE MAY 1, 2021

  • The House of Blue Leaves – May 20 – 23, 2021 – After Sunset Studio Series
  • Kerry Sings Carly & Karen – May 22 – 23, 2021 – Special Performance
  • An Inspector Calls – June 3 – 20, 2021 – Furlan Auditorium Production
  • It’s My Party – June 10 – 13, 2021 SideNotes Cabaret
  • Newsies – July 15 – August 8, 2021 – Furlan Auditorium Production
  • 4 Guyz in Dinner Jackets – August 19 – September 5, 2021 – Special Performance

Masks must be worn when inside Sunset Playhouse
Studio bar & lobby concessions will not be available for now.

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