“It has been a tumultuous year,” said Quinn Dietlein, vice president and executive director of Hale Centre Theatre. “Even though the arts have become a particularly hard-hit industry during the pandemic, Hale Centre Theatre has embodied the popular show business phrase, ‘The show must go on.’”
Quinn noted they are grateful to operate in a state that has done everything to allow the live theater to continue to be produced. Although they had to endure a three-month shutdown, Hale Centre Theatre was able to reopen under Utah’s COVID-19 guidelines. With new protocols in place, Hale Centre Theater began allowing limited audiences (25% capacity) to enjoy their live performances. Additionally, it implemented recommended safety guidelines from the CDC and Utah Department of Health. These supplemental policies include social distancing, frequent cleaning, digital programs, touch-free purchasing, and more. Although these changes required a lot of work, Hale Centre Theatre was excited to welcome back audiences and employees safely.
Through it all, except for its temporary shutdown, Hale Centre Theatre has served its community with world-class theatre and employs hundreds of artisans. Although the endeavor has not been financially profitable, Quinn added the struggle made the organization stronger and has been valuable for their community.
Hale Centre Theatre is selling tickets for their 2021 season, which includes well-known shows such as Les Misérables, Guys and Dolls, The Secret Garden, Peter Pan, and more.