Springfield Little Theatre Returns July 17 with Deep in the Heart of Tuna

Springfield Little Theatre is back with one of the shows from the 85th season delayed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

SLT will present “Deep in the Heart of Tuna”, a “best of” style production from the Greater Tuna series of plays. The production, featuring Beth Domann and Mark Gideon reprising their roles from previous productions, will take place from July 17-26.

“I am so excited to bring another story from Tuna, Texas to SLT,” Mark Gideon who plays Bertha Bumiller, among others in this show, said in a statement. “In these uncertain times, we need to relax and laugh together. I hope our audiences can join us for this show that is certain to lift everyone’s spirits!”

There will be limited seating available in the Landers Theatre and social distancing will be in place. All staff, volunteers, and audience members will be required to wear masks during the performance.

Here are SLT’s Reopening Policies:

  1. Masks are required to be worn by all audience members, staff and volunteers throughout the entirety of their time at the theatre.
  2. Temperature checks will be conducted before entering the theatre.
  3. Social distancing plans include:
    1. Audience members will be seated three feet from their fellow audience members but may sit with the other people in their party.
    1. Organized dismissal from their seats post-show
    1. The lobby will be closed for gatherings and audience members are encouraged to go directly to their seats upon arrival
  4. Audience members will no longer be able to choose their own seats. All tickets will be sold as General Admission and theatre staff will create a seating chart approximately one-week out from the date of the performance. Ticket assignments will then be sent to each ticket buyer at that time via email.
  5. Audience members will be asked to provide the names and contact information for everyone in their party to have on record.
  6. Thorough disinfecting of the theatre will occur after each performance and regular disinfecting of frequently touched surfaces will occur before, during and after each show.
  7. Hand sanitizer stations will be placed throughout the theatre
  8. Concessions will not be available during the run of this production
  9. Those exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 (cough, difficulty breathing, chills, shaking, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, loss of taste or smell, etc.) are asked to stay home.

SLT will also offer a special “streaming ticket” option for people want to see the show but either cannot obtain tickets due to the social distancing or because they don’t want to risk going to a theatre right now. The show will be available to stream for $28 in the virtual format.

Tickets to the live show range from $20 to $30, and will be available through the SLT Box Office, Monday through Friday, Noon to 5 p.m.. You can also call 417-869-1334.

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