Updated: September 30, 2021 06:07 PM
Created: September 30, 2021 05:18 PM
Two Minneapolis theaters opened their doors for live performances for the first time in 18 months on Thursday.
The Orpheum kicked off its 2021 season with "Disney's Frozen: The Musical."
"It's great that people have something to look forward to," said Dale Stark, the public relations manager for Hennepin Theatre Trust, which brings national tours to the Twin Cities. "And a show like 'Frozen' is just so joyful and energetic and happy. So hey, it's an escape."
Stark said the shows are sold out for Thursday, Friday and Saturday, with audiences of 2,600 people each night.
Minnesota-native Caroline Innerbichler will be playing Ana, one of the starring roles in the musical.
The new season also comes with new protocols, designed to limit transmission of COVID-19.
All theater-goers over the age of 12 must be fully vaccinated in order to attend a show at the Orpheum. Masking will also be required for everyone except the performers on stage.
Stark said the theater is also doing contactless ticketing to reduce touchpoints for guests and improved its HVAC system to help with airflow.
The Guthrie Theatre also reopened for live shows Thursday night, with preview performances of the Tony-nominated play, "What the Constitution Means to Me."
The Guthrie will require either proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test. Masking is also mandatory.
The theaters told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS that reopening marks not only a big milestone in the entertainment world but for downtown businesses as well.
"The accumulating effect of people around us, people in bars, people in restaurants, people visiting downtown, people going to other theaters and feeling that resurgence," Stark said.
The theaters noted they're closely monitoring the evolving situation with COVID-19 and will make changes if necessary.
To see the season lineup at the Guthrie or to purchase tickets, click here or call the box office at 612-377-2224.
"Frozen" at the Orpheum runs through Oct. 30. Click here for more details or ticketing information.
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