Globe Theatre presents a ghostly farewell tour in unusual programming

Robyn Sanderson and Aren Okemaysim wear masks as they lead groups of six on ghost tours of the Globe Theatre.

a man and a woman standing in a parking lot: Tour guides Robyn Sanderson, left, and Aren Okemaysim stand near a

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Tour guides Robyn Sanderson, left, and Aren Okemaysim stand near a

That’s medical-style masks, not costume masks as you might expect leading up to Halloween.

Hiding the bulk of their facial expression is a challenge for the actors during the Behind The Screams and Haunted History tours, on through Oct. 31 in Regina.

“It’s certainly not easy,” said Damien James Webb, a production assistant at the Globe and one of the creators of the theatre’s current programming.

“And then when you combine that with the idea that we’re not on a stage — we’re in a hallway or we’re in a nook or a cranny or an office, the space changes throughout the entire thing — so their vocal projection needs to change too. And so that was kind of an interesting thing for them to get used to as well.”

The ghost tours are the Globe’s first offering since March, when the COVID-19 pandemic shut down its programs along with most everything else.

As restrictions have lifted, staff started brainstorming about what they could do to engage audiences in a safe way: “Is there something we can do to still provide entertainment to people even though we can’t all sit in a room and enjoy theatre as it should be?” said Webb.

Last fall, the front of house manager devised an impromptu ghostly tour for Halloween, which got good feedback.

So this fall, the team is running with it — creating a scripted show (written by Greg Ochitwa) based on the real ghostly encounters of Globe staff past and present.

Asking around, “We found out there was a lot of people that were experiencing

Arizona Broadway Theatre Announces Fall Interim Programming With New Health and Safety Guidelines

ABT’s Fall Interim Programming is now available for purchase.

ABT will offer a wide range of events from the ABT CONCERTS SERIES featuring some of the best talents from the ABT stage (and in the Valley of The Sun) and the welcoming back of partners like TAD MANAGEMENT and the TAD CONCERT SERIES as well as MURDER AND A MEAL DINNER THEATRE, to the all new BROADWAY BINGO! nights, the MIDWEEK CLASSIC MOVIE MUSICAL showings hosted by Valley theatre and movie critic David Appleford, and the “UNPLUGGED” CONCERT SERIES.

The following health and safety guidelines will be in place:

  • All Executive Orders and Government & CDC recommendations will be posted for easy viewing and reference throughout the building
  • Sanitation: additional sanitation and safety protocols have been implemented. All high-touch points within the building will be sanitized and cleaned frequently. All other touchpoints will be disinfected daily. Additional hand sanitizer stations will be in place throughout the ABT lobby
  • Masks are REQUIRED: all patrons must wear a properly fitting mask when attending ABTIf you do not have a mask, one will be provided for you
  • All ABT staff will be required to wear masks on site
  • Social distancing markers and instructions will be placed throughout the lobby and within the theatre
  • Patrons will no longer be escorted to their tables by a volunteer usher; patrons will seat themselves with the assistance of the House Manager and ABT staff
  • New clearly marked aisle numbers (A, B, C, D, E, F, and G) and table numbers will be indicated on the floor of the theatre to provide for easy seating reference
  • During the remainder of 2020, bar service will be available in the lobby only; no individual table service will be provided at this time
  • Seating within the theatre will be adjusted to

Dobama Theatre announces lineup of alternative programming for 2020-21 season

CLEVELAND HEIGHTS, Ohio — Dobama Theatre has announced a lineup of alternative programming, including filmed performances and a virtual theatre festival in lieu of live productions for the 2020-21 season.

“The 20/21 season will be a year of intermission, transition, and transformation. We are thrilled to reveal our plans for a year of exciting alternative artistic programming, investment in new play development, and engagement with our shared community,” said the theatre’s artistic director Nathan Motta in a press release. “We also look forward to sharing bold anti-racism and anti-bias action plans in the coming months as we hold ourselves accountable to the vital work of dismantling harmful antiquated theatre practices and creating a welcoming, equitable, and safe artmaking organization. Dobama Theatre will emerge from this moment stronger, focused, more equitable, and with renewed purpose.”

Headlining the schedule is the Immersive Theatre Festival, set for October 15-25, featuring interactive theatrical experiences including a performance of “Torso Book Club” by Northeast Ohio’s Shadow of the Run immersive theatre company.

The offerings also include “The Soliloquy Project,” a series of short films featuring memorable monologues from previous Dobama productions and notable contemporary playwrights; a filmed version of “How to Be a Respectable Junkie,” a play that premiered on the Dobama stage back in 2017; “Quarantine Q&As” on Zoom with artists involved in the theatre’s 2021 season; and online masterclasses with Motta and other Dobama artists.

Dobama Theatre, which calls itself Cleveland’s off-Broadway theatre, announced three plays in various stages of development, too. “What We Look Like” is B.J. Tindal’s dramedy about a Black family that moves to a suburban white neighborhood. “The Land of Oz” is a musical based on the second book in L. Frank Baum’s Oz series and will be Dobama’s holiday show once the theater is able to reopen at