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Sunset Playhouse Covid-19 Guidelines

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Important Information

Global Plasma Solutions – Sunset Playhouse

Thanks to a very generous donor, Sunset has installed a new Global Plasma Solution’s Bi-polar Ionization System throughout the building to make it even safer to work, volunteer, perform, or attend shows at the Playhouse. This system kills pathogens, reduces airborne particles, neutralizes odors, and saves energy. To date, we are one of the few theaters in the state to install this powerful system.

BPI works by introducing a high concentration of positive and negative ions into the airstream. As airflow is distributed throughout a space, these ions surround pathogens including viruses, mold spores, and bacteria and deactivate them by removing the hydrogen they need to survive. Airborne particulates like dust, pollen, and other allergens are reduced when positively- and negatively-charged ions cause them to clump together, allowing for improved filtration capture. BPI technology also provides odor neutralization and can help save energy by reducing outdoor air intake needs.

This system is completely safe and neutral for humans and does not produce ozone. We’re excited to welcome everyone back to a safer and cleaner building!

Sunset COVID-19 Guidelines

In anticipation of reopening Sunset Playhouse, we have created extensive Guidelines for the safety of our patrons, performers, volunteers, students, and staff.  These guidelines are subject to change based on recommendations from the CDC and state mandates.  

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 when we reopen. Please know that we respect whatever decision you make, just as we know you will respect our decision to move forward with care.

Sunset understands that the decision to have a COVID vaccine is a personal one. For the safety of Sunset patrons, volunteers, casts, crews, production teams, students, and staff, we encourage you to seriously consider being fully vaccinated before you attend a Sunset performance.

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 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.
  • Tickets will be available for purchase in-person at the box office, by phone (262-782-4430), or online.
  • Do NOT purchase seats next to someone who is not in your party.  
  • For a single ticket, or an odd number of tickets, please call the Box Office at 262.782.4430
  • Patrons are asked to stay home if not feeling well and reschedule tickets. 
  •  Furlan Auditorium house size will be reduced to 138 from 292.
  • Marla Eichmann Studio Theater house size will be reduced to 64 from 88.
  • 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.
  • Sunset has installed the Global Plasma Solution’s Bi-polar Ionization System throughout the building which runs continuously when building is occupied – sanitizing the air in the whole building.
  • There will be hand sanitizing stations in the lobby please use before entering the theater.
  • For now, concessions, the lobby water fountain, and coat check will not be available. 
  • The Box Office window, concession counter, and Studio Bar feature plexi-glass barriers.
  • High-touch surfaces will be cleaned on a regular basis.
  • Programs will be a single-page, recyclable but not reusable, document with full production information available at SunsetPlayhouse.com.
  • Performers will not wear masks during a performance but 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.
  • Pre-show and post-show lobby gatherings will not be possible.

Box Office Guidelines

  • Box office hours May 1- August 30, 2021: Tuesday-Thursday 1-5 PM
  • Tickets will be released for sale on a show-by-show basis. 
  • Masks must be worn when purchasing tickets at box office.

 General Guidelines for Volunteers and Staff

  • Each employee/volunteer/patron is required to wear a mask when in the building.
  • Staff and volunteers will enter building through door #13 (north of lobby doors), take their temperature, and complete log.  If temperature is over 100.4 they will leave immediately and notify house manager once outside. 
  • Volunteers/staff are instructed to stay home if not feeling well. 
  • Volunteers will keep personal items with them at all times – not stored in Sunset office.
  • Volunteers will not have access to the coat check. 
  • Additional guidelines may be added—or 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.
  • 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.
  • Additional guidelines may be added—or removed—as the situation evolves.

Rehearsal Guidelines

  • During the rehearsal period, cast/crew will be asked to avoid large gatherings, and to wear masks in public.
  • Cast/crew/staff asked to not visit bars and other non-socially distanced venues as a group, before or after rehearsals.
  • Production team, actors, volunteers, and staff are instructed to stay home if not feeling well. 
  • On arrival, cast/crew/staff/production team will take their temperature at station just inside door #7 and verify it is below 100.4. 
  • Cast, crew, and staff must use hand sanitizer on entering rehearsal space and  when exiting rehearsal stage. 
  • Frequent use of hand sanitizer recommended for all.
  • No guests allowed at rehearsals.
  • Masks will be worn in rehearsal halls by production team and actors.
  • 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.
  • No kissing, hugging, touching on stage.
  • No actor entrances or exits through the house for Furlan productions.
  • There will be social distance seating during rehearsals.
  • Masks will be worn in dressing rooms.
  • No shared food at rehearsal or in dressing rooms.
  • No guests backstage or in the light/sound booths.
  • Where possible, actors will not share props. 
  •  Costume Designer/Stage Manager will assign location/places in dressing rooms. 
  • When possible, make-up will be applied at home before dress rehearsals.
  • Additional guidelines may be added—or removed—as the situation evolves.

Performance Guidelines

  • During the performance run, cast/crew will be asked to avoid large gatherings, not visit bars and other non-socially distanced venues before or after performances, and to wear masks in public.
  • On arrival to theater, cast/crew/staff/production team will take their temperature at station just inside door #7 and verify it is below 100.4. 
  • Production team, volunteers, and performers will maintain social distance off stage, back stage, and in dressing rooms.
  • Frequent use of hand sanitizer recommended for all.
  • Light board and sound volunteers will wipe down their areas at start and finish of performance.
  • Mics will be sanitized before and after each use by sound designer. No sharing of mics.
  • No guests backstage or in the light/sound booths.
  • Performers will wear masks when backstage during a performance and will maintain as much back-stage and on-stage social distance as possible within script requirements.
  • Musical MainStage Performers – masks will not be worn during performances by singers/narrators. Musicians may wear masks on stage during performances if desired.
  • SideNotes performers – masks will not be worn during performances by singers. Musicians, may wear masks on stage, during performances if desired.
  • Musical MainStage and SideNotes perfomers will be staged a minimum of 3 feet upstage of front edge of stage.
  • There will be a limited number of masked backstage volunteers during performance.
  • Costume designer and director will work to limit number of costumes changes during a performance.
  • Makeup, hair products, combs, wigs, etc. will not be shared by performers.
  • When possible, performers will arrive at theater with make up done. (unless extreme stage-style make-up)
  • Musical MainStage and SideNotes performers will arrive for performances and leave after performances in costume and makeup whenever possible.
  • Sunset sponsored opening night cast party and cast dinners eliminated until further notice.
  • Cast/crew/staff asked to limit interactions with patrons after performances – no post-show lobby gatherings.
  • 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 use hand sanitizer on entering the building.
  • Class sizes will be limited with as much social distancing as possible. 
  • If more than one group of students in the building at one time, there will be no interaction between groups.
  • Teachers and students 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.
  • All future performances will have limited seating based on seating charts.
  • Parents not allowed in lobby; students dismissed to waiting cars.
  • Additional guidelines may be added—or removed—as the situation evolves.

 

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