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Nonprofit board curates series of 'feel-good' productions for 2021-22 season.

PMG FILE PHOTO: BRITTANY ALLEN - Sandy Actors Theatre was forced to close its production of 'Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike' after only four shows last year because of the pandemic. Last year, despite best efforts, the show did not go on at Sandy Actors Theatre because of the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. After four performances of the theater's spring production of "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike," the board closed the doors.

Now, after more than a year, Sandy Actors Theatre will reopen for plays with precautions on Sept. 24, depending upon ever-changing COVID-19 conditions.

"We're preparing like we're opening," said SAT board member Jonica Tabler.

In order to open again after the tumultuous past year, SAT has required all actors to be vaccinated. Seating in the theater will be somewhat limited, with theatergoers spaced out by 3 feet, and the entire audience will be required to be masked while seated.

Tickets will also be sold online to ensure distancing.

The theater has tried to keep costs of their productions low by taking on plays with simpler sets, mostly reusing the set from last year's final production for this season's opener of "Dead to the Last Drop," written by Ken Jones and directed by Jim Lamproe.

"We're trying to keep it simple," Tabler said.

To lighten the mood, Tabler explained, the board decided to make this a "feel-good" season.

"Let's do something fun," Tabler added. "All of our plays are comedies this season."

To view the full season lineup, visit the theater's website.


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