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Boca’s professional theater has reopening plan…and shows

Managing producer Marilynn Wick’s ready for her theater’s closeup as soon as Boca’s Wick Theatre can resume staging productions.  “Timing is everything,” Wick said about the phased Florida reopenings.

Cindy Williams, of “Laverne & Shirley” fame, is expected to come in to do “Nunsense” Sept. 10 through Oct. 4. Williams says she can’t wait to get back on the boards in Boca:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J5U1bI_bfJ8

“Breaking Up is Hard to Do,” with a score by famous oldies songwriter Neil Sedaka, is scheduled for a month’s run starting Oct. 15. Think “Where the Boys Are,” the title song and “Calendar Girl.”

Both shows will have smaller casts, Wick said. “ ‘Nunsense’ will have five performers, so we can social distance with Cindy Williams on stage. ‘Breaking Up is Hard to Do’ only six.”

The Wick has sanitizing and social distancing plans in place, too. “We have a zone system; 100 people per performance. We’ll do 10 performances a week to cover all the subscribers,” Wick said.

The Wick’s Costume Museum, a display from their Broadway and movie costumes collection, “will be open once we open” with limited tour-goers, Wick noted.

Other plans: railings, seats, armrests will be disinfected an hour before each performance. Upon entering, expect touch-free forehead thermometer readings. Patrons are required to wear a mask. Social distancing for intermission and restroom use. Refreshments in lobby and auditorium to avoid lines in the theater at 7901 N. Federal Highway, on the Boca side of the Delray Beach border.

“We haven’t given up on ‘A Chorus Line’ yet,” Wick said about the musical they had to close after four shows in early March. “The cast stayed in the area and 11 Equity members stayed until a week ago,” she noted. The Wick was collaborating with Mitzi Hamilton, who directed and choreographed 50 “A Chorus Line” shows.

So what can theater-goers do in the meantime? “Buy tickets and subscribe for next season,” Wick said.https://thewick.org/  “I will be making a video to my patrons. I will send the governor guidelines, so he’ll know it won’t be a large crowd.”

By Marci Shatzman

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