The pandemic is again playing havoc with the arts as Neptune Theatre closes the curtains on its holiday shows Alice in Pantoland and Dickens’ A Christmas Carol due to recent COVID-19 restrictions announced by the province. Both shows’ final performances take place Friday, December 17.
“Throughout this pandemic, Neptune has maintained that we will act in the best interest of our employees, artists and patrons,” says Neptune’s general manager Lisa Bugden in a media release. “After hearing Dr. Strang’s message urging Nova Scotians to limit their activities, we firmly believe this is in the best interest of our community.”
“This is disheartening news to deliver to our patrons at a time of year that’s about family and friends and being together,” added artistic director Jeremy Webb. “Despite the disappointment and devastating effect on our industry, we support keeping our patrons, staff and artists safe.”
The theatre will contact all patrons with tickets for the remaining shows.
Neptune is streaming Dickens’ A Christmas Carol on its digital platform Neptune at Home for those looking for a dose of holiday theatre magic.
It is too early to tell if any of the five shows in Neptune’s Act Two, slated to begin in January, will also be impacted.