MHT Arts & Safety

The arts have an incredible power to provide community in even the most isolating times. MHT provides a place where together we can share laughter, tears, and a much-needed retreat from all that we have endured this year. As we take down our MHT Courtyard, which has seen much use this summer, we now lookforward to opening our 57th Season and welcoming guests into the theatre on a limited basis, with show capacity at 25%. 

Due to COVID-19, we have made some important changes to our operating procedures to help promote safety for our patrons, volunteers, and staff.
This season we will be operating with these Five Core Intervention Strategies:  

  • MASKING - All patrons, volunteers, and staff are required to wear a face covering, which covers the nose and mouth, for the entire time inside the theatre. No exceptions. We have learned from other theatres who are already holding performances and have seated thousands of people to date with no transmissions, that masking at all times is one of the best ways to reduce the risk. If you are unable to wear a mask, we will gladly exchange your ticket for a streaming ticket to watch the show from home. If that is not acceptable, we will refund your ticket.  

  • PHYSICAL DISTANCING - MHT has placed seating rows six feet apart in the theatre. There will be a minimum of two seats of space between ticket groups. In addition, the actors will be 12 feet away from any audience members.  

  • HAND HYGIENE - Hand disinfectant dispensers are located at each entrance to the theatre and we ask that patrons use these dispensers upon entrance into the theatre. Volunteers and staff are required to wash their hands frequently.

  • AIR FILTRATION - Last fall, MHT installed units that significantly increase the fresh air in our auditorium and stage space. In addition, this spring we added large commercial-grade ionizers to the system to filter germs from the air on a constant basis. 

  • SMALLER GATHERINGS – To maintain social distancing, we are currently operating at 25% capacity inside the theatre, or roughly 50 seats per performance.   

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Full Reopening Procedures:

 

Protecting Yourself & Others

  • Please do not come to the theatre if you are feeling unwell or have been unwell in the past 14 days;  have been recently diagnosed with COVID-19, or are awaiting a COVID-19 test result. We will refund your ticket order.

  • Masks are required at all times for all guests, volunteers, and staff. Masks must be worn by all audience members for the duration of the performance. If you do not have one, disposable masks will be provided. 

  • Physical distancing will be observed at all times, in all spaces.

  • There will be multiple entry and exit points.

  • Hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol is readily available throughout public areas.

Seating

  • Seating capacity is reduced to 25% for each performance, totaling approximately 50 guests in the theatre.

  • All groups will be physically distanced from others with rows placed six feet apart in front and back and there will be a minimum of two seats of space in between each group.

  • Masks must be worn through the duration of the performance. A face covering must be worn the entire time inside the theatre. 

  • Seating will now begin 45 minutes before showtime.

Tickets

  • At-home ticket printing is encouraged. Season Ticket holders will receive a paper ticket in the mail which will be scanned or checked at the door. Single ticket holders will receive their ticket in a confirmation email and must bring their ticket, either printed or on a mobile device, to be scanned or checked at the door. 

  • Playbills are entirely digital. Links are sent in show reminder emails and posted on the MHT website. There will also be QR codes on each seat to scan with your phone camera. 

Concessions

  • There will be no concessions or bar during the performances. We will be offering free bottled water at intermission to be consumed outside of the theatre only. 

  • Outside food and beverages are prohibited.

Restrooms

  • We will limit the number of people in the restroom at a time to eliminate crowding. There will be a restroom attendant to assist with monitoring capacity.

  • All restrooms will be cleaned/disinfected before the show and again before intermission. 

Actor Safety

  • All actors and crew are required to wear masks at all rehearsals and when off-stage during productions.

  • We have chosen shows with smaller cast sizes and carefully block the show to provide distance between actors as much as possible.

  • Costumes/clothing and props are cleaned/disinfected between each performance. We have a special table for used and unused props behind the scenery. 

MHT Additional Safety Practices

  • Volunteers and staff are required to wear masks at all times.

  • Volunteers and staff have their temperature checked upon arrival and are required to wash hands frequently.

  • Enhanced cleaning efforts including cleaning and disinfecting all seats and touch surfaces before every performance with CDC-approved products and cleaning/disinfecting restrooms before the show and again before intermission.

  • Increased HVAC filtering capacity by installing ionizer filters which reduce particulates in the air by up to 99.5%. This system provides fresh air exchanges 3-4 times per hour. It will be running continuously during performances. 

  • Our ticket exchange policy now allows exchanges up to showtime for any reason.

An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place. We have drawn upon the guidelines suggested by local, state, and federal agencies, experts, and associations to promote safety for our patrons, actors, volunteers, and staff. Market House Theatre remains committed to monitoring the current recommendations, guidelines, and restrictions to which we are subject. 

Feel free to reach out to Michael Cochran, MHT Executive Director, with questions at any time: michael@mhtplay.org