Racine Theater Guild returns after COVID shutdown

Plays and musicals will soon light up the Racine Theater Guild stage after more than a year and a half.

“I don’t think any of us imagined in March 2020 that we would be closed for three weeks, let alone a year and a half,” said Jocelyn Fish.

“It’s the longest break I’ve had in 30 years without doing theater,” said Doug Instenes, general and artistic director.

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After the pandemic halted performances, the Racine Theater Guild is preparing to welcome audiences again in December.

“There’s been a lot of planning, a lot of re-planning,” Fish said.

Fish said the planning includes protocols to address concerns related to COVID-19. The public will have to wear masks. The case and crew must present proof of vaccination to participate. Plexiglass separates the places where team members will be working in the cabin. The season should have small casts to allow more space in the locker rooms and other backstage areas.

“We want people to come and feel it’s a safe place to express themselves,” Fish said.

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“We are lucky that we can perform without a mask on stage and people will be vaccinated,” Instenes said. “We can’t wait to do fun things, make people happy, and maybe forget about their problem for a day or two.”

The group’s mission is to bring shows back safely after an interruption.

“The show has to go on and it’s going on, very soon,” Fish said.

The Racine Theater Guild’s debut show is slated to debut on December 3 with “A Christmas Story”.

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