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Community theatre moves ‘Harvey’ to August

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Las Cruces Community Theatre (LCCT) is looking forward to bringing live theatre back to the Las Cruces stage when the timing is right, but is proceeding cautiously as the public health emergency continues.

The LCCT board met recently, via Zoom, to discuss how it will move forward with reopening the theatre amid social distancing requirements and public health restrictions.

“The LCCT board has made the tough decision to push our production of ‘Harvey’ back into the August 14-30 time slot and postpone our production of ‘Gypsy’ to August of 2021,” said LCCT Board President Janet Beatty-Payne. “We certainly wouldn't want to create a situation where our patrons and performers/volunteers are at risk of exposure, and postponing a big, expensive-to-produce show like ‘Gypsy’ that really needs huge audiences to financially break even and generate sustaining venue for the theatre, really seems like the best choice for LCCT amid the COVID-19 safety restrictions currently in place.”

With those considerations in mind, ‘Harvey’ will be the next show to open at LCCT, 313 N. Main St. downtown, “once the restrictions are lifted and it's safe to hold live theatre gatherings again, even if we have to continue to push back the dates and roll the 2020-21 season back accordingly," Beatty-Payne said. "Safety is our number one priority at this point."

“All subscriptions and tickets will move to the new dates automatically,” Beatty-Payne said. “We will inform everyone about date changes when they are made.”

“Harvey,” which stars Las Cruces artist Bob Diven as Elwood P. Dowd, was in rehearsal in March when the order came to restrict large gatherings and then to shut down all non-essential businesses in the state. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced in late April that the state would begin easing some of those restrictions effective May 15, but the governor has not yet announced when public performances, including those produced by LCCT and other local theatre groups, can return, or the specific health guidelines under which they will be allowed to operate.

For more information about schedule changes and upcoming productions, visit www.lcctnm.org.