Bill Kenzie, director-producer of Daytrippers Dinner Theater in Bloomington shared his thoughts below about the future of the theatre industry in light of COVID-19:
"Obviously, the virus is impacting theatres all over the world. Broadway in New York is shut down until at least April 12th. London's West End, (which had vowed to carry on) announced the closing of all theatres indefinitely. Cirque du Soleil, which operates all over the world, has closed down. That said, I'm not worried about the theatre business.
First and foremost the theatre is an art form, and art never stops, never dies; as long as there are people living, there will be art. In the Spanish Influenza pandemic of 1918, 675,000 Americans died. Theatres were shuttered; quarantines were imposed. And theatres flourished afterward, as they surely will when this pandemic passes. The more important issue here is to think of your neighbor, don't hoard, be kind and helpful - and do everything within your power to 'flatten the curve.'" - Bill Kenzie, Director-Producer of DayTrippers Dinner Theatre, daytripperstheatre.