Metropolitan Performing Arts, which rents a suite in a mall on Mill Plain Boulevard, is busy with classes and upcoming live shows such as “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” and “Heathers: The Musical,” said Barbara Richardson, executive Director.
“Fortunately, we have our own black box performance room, so these performances will be on our website,” said Richardson. “We are in full swing with our regular program, taking the necessary precautions with temperature controls, masks and keeping the class sizes small. Adult performers are vaccinated, as well as the artistic team and the employees. “
The audience also needs to be vaccinated, she added.
No performance activity has been restricted more than group singing, which is so effective in spreading the coronavirus that a choir rehearsal in Mount Vernon in early 2020 became infamous as a superspreader event that infected many singers and claimed several lives.
Since then, the pandemic isolation has been particularly lonely for choir singers, said Jana Hart, music director of the 70-voice Vancouver Master Chorale.
“One singer told me that she felt … like part of her was missing for the past year,” Hart said.