Live theatre returns to New Hamburg with TCP’s intimate TakeTwo series of plays
The lights go up on the Community Players of New Hamburg's new series of plays that are perfect for restricted audience numbers.
Arts Mon, Aug 9th, 2021 Nigel Gordijk
The Community Players of New Hamburg (TCP) has returned to the stage with its first pandemic-era productions. TakeTwo, a series of five plays, opened on August 5 with “Love Letters” by A.R. Gurney. Performances of “Educating Rita”, “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe”, “The Best Brothers”, and “Constellations” complete the series, which ends on August 15.
Each play features a cast of just two performers, with the intimacy of the stage production matched by the restricted size of the audience. Following public health protocols means no more than 150 people are allowed in the Trinity Theatre auditorium, based at the New Hamburg Community Centre. Seats are arranged in small groups that are at least two metres apart, and audience members are required to wear face masks throughout the play.
The restrictions didn’t prevent New Hamburg’s Lynne Mackie from enjoying the first show, which received a standing ovation. “Getting back to live performance is fabulous. The play was touching, and I could put myself in the place of a protagonist,” said Mackie, who attended with her husband, Paul. “I felt very comfortable. A wonderful, enjoyable experience.”