photo by Loli Kantor
The health and safety of our audience, actors, directors, and staff are of utmost importance to us. In these challenging times of a worldwide pandemic caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus (coronavirus), we are all forced to adopt new behavior patterns to protect ourselves and others. At this time, we are holding auditions by video submission only and continue to plan for our 44th Performance Season. As the pandemic continues to evolve day-to-day, we will reevaluate our positions and policies and provide you with timely updates.
Everyone is encouraged to follow the most conservative guidelines available from leading global and local health authorities (such as the CDC and WHO) which include frequent washing of hands for 20 seconds, suppressing and covering your coughs and sneezes, and social distancing yourself (6-foot minimum separation) and avoidance of large gatherings, especially in closed spaces.
The Hip Pocket Theatre is unique from most theatres because we are an outdoor venue with limited capacity. That being said, we are putting in place new policies to help reduce risks and protect our family and friends.
What you can do to help:
If you are symptomatic (have a dry cough, shortness of breath, or temperature), have been exposed to someone with these symptoms or who has tested positive for Covid-19, do not come to any event at the Hip Pocket Theatre.
If you are otherwise healthy, you will be required to wear a mask or facial covering. If you do not have a mask, one will be provided at no charge.
What we are doing to help protect you:
In-person auditions will not take place. Auditions will be by video submission only. Please refer to the Auditions section of the home page for details.
The Hip Pocket Theatre's 44th Performance Season does not begin until Friday, July 10, 2020. As the Covid-19 pandemic is an evolving health crisis worldwide, the theatre administration will be monitoring policy changes and recommendations from health professionals and adjusting our positions as appropriate.
At this time, the season will proceed as currently planned.
We have already stated above the actions we are taking to protect our patrons, staff, directors, and actors. These actions will be updated and modified over time as the need arises.
We will maintain transparency and communications through our normal channels that include this website, e-mail, Facebook, and any other Social Media platforms we may choose to emply.
Dr. Robert Bourdage, President, Hip Pocket Theatre Board of Directors, will be the main point of contact for all policy-related communications from the Hip Pocket Theatre. He can be reached by phone at (817) 994-7111 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or though his personal e-mail at email@example.com.
If you have any questions or suggestions pertaining to any of the policies enumerated above, please contact Dr. Bourdage or Rebo Hill, Office Manager, by phone at (817) 246-9775 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
These are extraordinary times. The coronavirus pandemic is pulling us through a common global experience, the likes of which many of us have never seen before. The uncertainty of what the coming weeks and months will bring has all of us feeling a little on edge. But extraordinary times also bring our humanity and creative active to the surface. Many people shining in the darkness. As we look toward the countries that have been hit the hardest so far, we can see these beacons of light as sources of hope. We'd like to think the Hip Pocket Theatre is one of those sources. From all of us at Hip Pocket, we wish you and your loved ones strength and wellness.
"The light shines in the darkness and the darkness will never put it out." - Johnny Simons