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Need entertainment during coronavirus shutdown? These theaters and arts groups have online content

Concerts, plays and other exhibitions all came to an abrupt halt as shutdowns (first optional, then mandatory) swept the state due to the spreading coronavirus.

However, even with ticket sales plummeting to zero and artists largely confined to their homes, there are still performers eager to bring music, comedy, drama, visual art and dance directly to your living room.

Here are a few entertainment options from arts groups that have started providing their services online – and information on how to donate to support these groups and artists as they struggle through lost revenue and canceled events.

Open Stage

The actors at Open Stage have started to record a variety of YouTube content, posting videos both on that platform and sharing them on the theater’s Facebook page.

The videos include “Thank You, Ten”, interviews with local performers; readings of children’s books in “Storytime Theatre with Benny the Surly Dragon”; and “The Quarantine Radio Hour,” which are performances of old-school radio dramas such as Sherlock Holmes mysteries.

There is also the following video, which gives humorous advice on greeting people during the coronavirus pandemic to ensure proper safe distance:

(Note: I am involved with some of these video productions, as are family members.)

To donate to Open Stage, follow this link. Audiences can also pre-purchase tickets to future productions at Open Stage, which are good for any performance on any date once the theater re-opens.

Gamut Theatre

Each Wednesday, the actors with Gamut Theatre will be posting videos sharing one of their special skills. The first such video was a juggling tutorial, shared via Facebook Live, with actor Ross Carmichael. You can

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