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Covid 19: Community theater groups retreat and lockdown threatens closure.

The cast of Will Rock You By Act 3 in Palmerston North had to close after only four shows.

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The cast of Will Rock You By Act 3 in Palmerston North had to close after only four shows.

Community theater groups across New Zealand are retreating and some could go down after losing hundreds of thousands of dollars due to cancellations. Covid-19 lockdown.

In 2020, a group of 93 theater companies collectively lost nearly 1 1 million in revenue and raised 500 500,000 in expenses as Cove 19 Lockdown forced the show to cancel..

Of The latest lockdown has put them in trouble again., Leaving the theater companies with depleted reserves and some loans. Theater leaders said it could take years for him to fully recover.

Mary Poppins' production at the Nelson Musical Theater ran from September 4 to 25.

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Mary Poppins’ production at the Nelson Musical Theater ran from September 4 to 25.

Act 3 production in Palmerston North faced a 110,000 bill after it was canceled. Music We will rock you. After only four performances in August. Nelson Musical Theater owes 30,000 after canceling a run. Mary Poppins Scheduled for this month, and millions of dollars have been lost in Christchurch since the showbiz was canceled. Music production Buddy this year And My fair lady last year.

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Robbie Burns, president of the Nelson Musical Theater, said his company would not be able to stage a major musical for about two years.

“If we tried to do another large-scale show. After that, Coved stung again. We will fold., ” he said.

“It means we have to do things backwards. We should have done it. [the musical] Wicked. Next year. It had a budget of about 200 200,000. We no longer have the funds to try and do it.

Buddy Musical's showbiz production has been canceled due to the latest lockdown of Coved 19.

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Buddy Musical’s showbiz production has been canceled due to the latest lockdown of Coved 19.

Mary Poppins Nelson was scheduled to run from September 4 to 25, but was canceled when the country went into lockdown last month.

He hoped the company could get out of debt and lenders would give them a grace period to pay their bills.

“If we go to Level 1 before November, we should be able to do a show at the end of the year.”

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Christchurch’s Little Andromeda Theater is a Cuban-style theater with a seating table and only a coveted 19 alert level 2 to handle restrictions. (Video first published in March 2021)

He said repeated lockdowns meant uncertainty and financial blows meant many community theater groups could not survive.

“It’s difficult for the industry to keep up. The emotional blows of rehearsing for three to four months just to grind it all to a halt.

Alan Nagy, a member of the Act III production board, said that 4 lockdowns at every level in the last 18 months have forced the company to cancel a major show.

The company behind Will Rock You has dropped a $ 110,000 bill due to an epidemic lockdown.

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The company behind Will Rock U owes 110 110,000 due to an epidemic lockdown.

The loss was 110,000, he said. We will rock you. In part, the company’s reserves, city council grants, crowdfunding campaigns, and bills will be put on hold.

Of The show will resume in February. And the company was planning to make a musical. Legally blonde. For the end of the year

“It will help us keep the door open if we bring this show to the stage. Hopefully we are not on level 2 yet. I pray for it every morning.”

Buddy Musical was scheduled to open this month, but has been canceled due to the Covid 19 lockdown.

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Buddy Musical was scheduled to open this month, but has been canceled due to the Covid 19 lockdown.

Craig Ogluvy, general manager of Showbiz, said the company would cut future production plans.

“We went through that last year, and it took us a while to realize that we were ready to do it and the climate was going to get better, but it’s annoying for us to find ourselves in that position again. ۔ “

He said that the losses have been met from the reserves.

“We are not in debt. We have reserves, but after two losses on this scale, those reserves are now dwindling.

We Will Rock You is heartbroken after closing in the middle of the show season.

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We Will Rock You is heartbroken after closing in the middle of the show season.

“We’re seeing low budgets and small-scale production.”

He said he would produce one large musical a year instead of two and then small-scale production. He was still moving forward with plans to stage a musical. Matilda In April.

Emma Bishop, New Zealand’s national executive member of the musical theater, said many groups have now lost their reserves and will have to be careful.

“I hope we don’t lose any of our clubs,” he said.

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