March 1, 2021 Update to Schauer Center Response to Covid-19
March 14 will mark one year since the lights went out in the Schauer theater. But—March 14 will also be the start of Daylight Savings Time. Spring officially begins March 20. And the rollout of vaccinations is gaining momentum. That’s 3 lights at the end of the tunnel!
As we mark these milestones, we continue to “march” toward a full reopening of the arts. Thank you to everyone who has supported our efforts to offer safe opportunities to enjoy live entertainment. Our two February shows, Mark Nizer 4D and Felix and Fingers Dueling Pianos were great fun and we enjoyed seeing more of you returning to the theater.
March brings two more exciting opportunities for fabulous entertainment. March 6 brings The Radio Rosies—2 shows of the unforgettable songs of The Andrews Sisters, The McGuire Sisters, and The Lennon Sisters‚—singing all your beloved favorites from the ‘30s, ‘40s, and ‘50s! Celebrate St. Pat’s Day early on March 13 with 2 shows by Paddygrass, combining Irish drinking songs, bluegrass standards, Gospel favorites and sea shanties with Irish dance. The 3:00 pm show will add a special treat with the appearance of several Schauer School of the Arts Irish dance students performing with the band.
March shows will continue to be limited to 25% capacity, or 140 seats, in the theater, with distancing between groups. Masks, worn properly over the mouth and nose, are required including in the theater, except when actively drinking. This month we will take the step of re-opening the art gallery bar before the show and during intermission. Drinking will be allowed in the art gallery and when seated in your theater seat. (Drinks in the theater must be in a covered Schauer cup, available for purchase at the bar). For the safety and comfort of all, there will be no drinking allowed and masks must be on when moving about all other common areas such as the lower lobby, elevator and restrooms. Having everyone cooperate with these steps will allow us to continue bringing live performances to the theater as we move toward a full re-opening. Spring will bring additional live events with the popular Chicken Wire Empire in April and Pat McCurdy in May. Stay tuned for exciting announcements of developments for this summer and new ways to enjoy the arts.
March will also bring the start of the Spring mini-session for the school of the arts. Dance classes, both in person and virtually, will continue. With the addition of a new director, Joseph Steinbart, the Schauer Youth String Orchestra is back in session and is accepting new members. An “Art Around the World” series for youth will begin March 9—great for kids age 9 and up. Wine and Art for adults will also continue. Check the website for updates.
As we continue to evaluate capacity, the Art Gallery and Pike’s Peak are available for your gatherings. It’s time to schedule now, if you are planning a large event in the future. Just call 262-670-0560, Ext. 215 for more information and date availability.
The Schauer Center Board and staff thank everyone who has supported us through the past year. Your donations have made a big difference. Our “Raise the Curtain” campaign is still accepting contributions to help offset Covid losses and needs a little boost to reach its final goal. If you are able to help, you can donate online or call 262-670-0560, ext. 218. We look forward to seeing you all and thanking you in person in the coming months!