Safety of Theater Wit staff, crew, performers and audience is our primary responsibility. See an overview of safety measures by selecting an option below
Performer Safety Guidelines
- Each performer is issued their own labeled (and sterilized) wireless microphone, cap and mic stand at location.
- Railings on stairways are sterilized and wrapped in cellophane before each performance.
- Hand sanitizer dispensers are available at all entrances to the stage.
- Performers remain in their cars before their number in the set. They are texted go instructions to leave their car and move behind the truck in preparation for their performance. There are personalized hooks on the back of truck to hang masks as they enter and personalized hand sanitizer dispensers on individual stations behind the truck.
- The portable stage (26’ wide x 9’ deep) has two stairway entrances/exits to ensure performers don’t pass within 10’ of one another.
- The accompanist is masked and situated behind the performers with 8’ distance minimum.
- Each performer will be singing 1–2 numbers from their own repertoire. There aren’t any numbers sung by more than 2 performers. Any duets are situated with performers on opposite sides of the truck at a distance of 16’ from one another and sung out so they do not direct any music toward the accompanist or one another.
- Every performer and accompanist is issued bottled water and disinfecting wipes at each show.
- Each performer has a dedicated station 6' away from other performers backstage
- Every performer is issued additional paper masks at each show for offstage use as necessary.
- Performers are responsible for self-reporting COVID-19 symptoms via an app before each performance.
- We held a single rehearsal outdoors on the pickup truck with full cast and crew to establish traffic patterns and ensure physical distancing.
Crew Safety Guidelines
- The truck is driven and setup by two technicians. They arrive at the location in separate vehicles. They are responsible for all equipment/physical setup/sound mixing/etc. They preplace the individualized microphones, monitors, etc for the performers.
- All work is performed masked and socially distanced. The truck stage is designed to be set up and struck by two people maintaining social distance.
- There is a separate staff member (the location manager) who interfaces by text with them and then organizes the set with the performers by text.
- The location manager also interfaces with the host for the event to explain and enforce the distancing rules (see Audience).
- There is a sound check 25 minutes before curtain. After that, the sound mixing is done wirelessly over headphones.
- The technicians remain 16’ away from audience and performers for the duration of the show.
- Crew are responsible for self-reporting COVID-19 symptoms via an app before each performance.
- No crew member interacts with the general public beyond a 6’ distance outdoor interaction with the host on the part of the location manager before the audience arrives.
Host Responsibility Guidelines
- This is a private cabaret organized by the host. No tickets are issued and there is no general seating.
- The host must maintain a list of guests and contact information for any required contact tracing activity.
- 1 hour before performance, a location manager inspects the site for audience placement with 6’ distances between household groups (marked by chalk and/or lawn flags) with the event host.
- During the performance, the audience is 25’ back from the stage and the performers at all times.
- The audience will be reminded to wear masks at the top of the cabaret even with social distancing.
- The audience must remain stationary during the performance. If folks move around, we must suspend the show (including mid-number).
- There must be ready access to a sanitized restroom for performers and crew for the duration of the call. This restroom must be accessible without passing through the audience space.
- Hosts must provide an area to perform that allows truck access and does not block traffic or require a street festival permit. The location should discourage members of the general public from wandering into the event. (The performance is 35 minutes long to also reduce the chance of this happening.) Neighbors can watch from their porches, perhaps or are assigned specific tagged lawn spots for the performance. In any event, no gathering greater than local restrictions for outdoor entertainment permitted. Social distancing must be maintained in the audience at all times.
- The lawn flags are left at the site so staff doesn’t have to mingle to collect them. Please dispose of them responsibly after the event.