East Haddam: Goodspeed postpones two shows, plans outdoor events

The lawn area at the Goodspeed, where the events will be held this summer.

EAST HADDAM — Goodspeed Musicals directors have announced programming changes for the Tony Award-winning theater’s 2021 season that include postponing two productions and having events on the theater’s lawn this summer.

“Unfortunately, we will not able to get back into the theater in June as we had originally planned. Based on what we know now about the state of Connecticut reopening guidelines, the need for continued social distancing and the safety protocols required by the unions representing our artists, we will not be able to fully reopen indoors this summer,” Managing Director David B. Byrd said in the theater’s March 25 announcement. “We are focused on ways to ensure that when we reopen, it will be as safe as possible for our audience, staff and performers,” he added.

The production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific will be delayed and is projected to open in September. Performance dates have not been announced yet. Anne of Green Gables will be moved to Goodspeed’s 2022 season.

“The Goodspeed lawn will be bustling this summer under a big tent filled with several exciting events,” the announcement said. Programming details and a schedule of Goodspeed By the River events is expected to be announced soon. “Imagine a warm summer evening outdoors at Goodspeed listening to show tunes and stories — old and new — and the joy of experiencing live performances and music once again,” said Artistic Director Donna Lynn Hilton.

“We believe that performing outdoors will be the perfect bridge to getting all of us back into the theater. We will need to wait a little longer and use this time to have a glorious summer outdoors. We hope you’ll join us.” she added.

All current ticket holders will be contacted by email regarding their tickets and are asked not to call the box office due to limited staffing.

Connecticut Media Group