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How Extreme Weather Is Changing The Entertainment Industry In Kansas City And Around The U.S.

In Kansas City and across the country, performance venues and artists have had to make adjustments due to more extreme weather events.

And when it comes to climate change, there’s one thing arts organizations need to do: “Prepare.” That’s according to Karin Rabe, properties master at the Alley Theatre in Houston, where flooding is a growing concern. 

Here’s how wildfires, floods and high temperatures are affecting theaters in the west, south and our area.  

Large wildfires across the western United States have caused loss of life and property. The fires also impact air quality, a pressing concern for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland. 

Wildfires have always been a part of life in the Pacific Northwest, general manager Ted DeLong said, but they’ve gotten “longer and bigger and more severe,” especially since 2013. 

The festival opened in 1935, and now draws about 400,000 people a season to its three stages, including the outdoor Allen Elizabethan Theatre. The staff monitors air quality in the Rogue Valley closely, since poor conditions can cancel a show.

In 2013, they cancelled 10 performances. In 2018, it was close to 30 performances that were either cancelled or relocated. And it costs the organization money.

“In 2018 alone, we lost around $2 million related to smoke. And there were bad years before that, too,” DeLong said. “So it’s been a multimillion-dollar situation for us in the last six years.”

This season, the festival moved matinees indoors to a nearby 400-seat high school theater. But, DeLong said, it’s not what audiences expected.  

“It’s not an outdoor theater, which is which is

Article source: https://www.kcur.org/post/how-extreme-weather-changing-entertainment-industry-kansas-city-and-around-us

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