Major Milwaukee Area Art Groups Announce Proof of COVID Vaccination or Negative Test Requirements for 2021/2022 Season.

According to an article posted in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel this morning, most major Milwaukee area arts groups and presenters will require proof of vaccination against COVID or proof of a negative test for COVID within the previous 72 hours. This policy of course coincides with similar policies being enforced by Summerfest, the Pabst Theater Group, Milwaukee Film, and any number of performers who are currently on tour. The policy will apply to all audience members 12 years and older.

This will impact the touring performances of Hamilton and of course local season offerings like the Milwaukee Repertory Theater’s A Christmas Carol and the Milwaukee Ballet’s Nutcracker.

The arts organizations who have signed on to the policy include:

  • Black Arts MKE
  • First Stage
  • Florentine Opera
  • Marcus Performing Arts Center
  • Milwaukee Ballet
  • Milwaukee Chamber Theatre
  • Milwaukee Repertory Theater
  • Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra
  • Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra
  • Present Music
  • Skylight Music Theatre

“Creating a unified safety policy for our organizations follows the guidance from local and national health experts, and more importantly, it means we’re doing what’s best for our audiences to help reduce their risk of illness while keeping the arts community healthy, safe and protected,” said Milwaukee Rep executive director Chad Bauman in the statement.

Policies on masks are not part of this initiative and will be determined by the individual groups…so audience members should visit each organization’s website for current details or call to get the latest information. And the groups will offer refunds for previously purchased tickets. Contact their box offices for information.

And finally:

“I am grateful our partners have made the tough decisions to protect our residents so we can all enjoy Milwaukee’s performing arts,” said Kirsten Johnson, Milwaukee’s health commissioner.

Update 9/3/2021: I have just received an email from Renaissance Theaterworks that states they too are requiring proof of vaccination or negative tests for all audience members 12 and over, from September 1 through December 31, 2021. They are also requiring all audience members to wear a mask except when eating or drinking at the theater. Again, contact RTW directly if you have any questions.

Milwaukee Repertory Theater’s Free Day of Theater!

Free Day of Theater

On Saturday, October 2, we will be hosting a “Free Day of Theater” with 10 events at the Patty & Jay Baker Theater Complex. Events will include: Welcome Back Concerts, a showcase of New Play Development projects in process and a performance by our Professional Training Institute teen ensemble. In addition, there will be a dance master class, behind-the-scenes demonstrations with Rep artisans, a panel discussion about our John (Jack) D. Lewis New Play Development program and a town hall with Rep leadership on the future of the theater. All events are free but advance ticket reservations are required.

Our “Free Day of Theater” will run 12:00pm to 7:30pm with each event lasting 60 minutes. Please see the schedule of events below.

And if you missed the link above, here’s the rest of the info and the place to order tickets: Free Day of Theater

The BEATLES are coming to Milwaukee!

I am not quite sure why there is a sudden renaissance of Beatles music in Milwaukee this year and next but here are the facts!

photograph by Robert Freeman used as cover art for the Beatles first Capitol album, Meet the Beatles!

Starting tonight, the Milwaukee Ballet is presenting a live in person program in their Baumgartner Center for Dance entitled Encore (info and tickets here). One of the pieces features Trey McIntyre’s A Day in The Life, set to the music of The Beatles. Encore runs from today June 3, 2021 through June 13, 2021. Beyond the typical excitement around the ballet being back on stage…the BEATLES…insert screams here.

And as previously announced, the Milwaukee Repertory Theater will be presenting William Shakespeare’s As You Like It next February 15 to March 20, 2022 in their Quadracci Powerhouse Theater AND as the Rep warns us: “Interwoven into Shakespeare’s classic romantic comedy, the production features over 20 Beatles songs performed live including “She Loves You,”“I Want to Hold Your Hand” and “Let It Be.” Audiences will be rolling with laughter and singing along to some of the best songs ever written”…the Beatles…insert screams here!

So find your old Beatle boots, your Carnaby Street duds, and get your wig hat on your head…and maybe bring a few cough drops to assuage a sore throat (but unwrap them before the curtain goes up!)