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Licking County entertainment industry looks to community to help them survive pandemic

Hulabaloo participants perform during a recent show with face shields and other precautions to prevent spread of coronavirus.

NEWARK – Since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic earlier this year, it seems like every facet of life has been disrupted.

Licking County’s entertainment industry has been especially hurt.

Forced to close their doors in March at the height of the government-imposed shutdowns, most of Licking County’s entertainment venues have remained closed as they optimistically rescheduled their shows for the summer months, then more realistically, to 2021.

Venue officials say they, like businesses across the country, have taken cuts to their revenue. Some of them are now looking to the community for their support, to help them endure until the pandemic is over.

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“At the top of the pandemic, we had to cancel our summer season,” Weathervane Playhouse Acting Artistic Director Kirsten Upchurch said during a recent interview with The Advocate. “Then we realized we needed to cancel our entire 2020 season. Everything except our educational programming was shut down (but) that went online.”

By taking their educational programming online, Upchurch said they’ve found more competition and getting the word out on their efforts has also been difficult. Their income, she said, has been fully curtailed.

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Like Weathervane, Tom Atha at Thirty One West said the pandemic and its effects has “completely crushed” them.

“We’re looking at from last March until likely next summer or fall…a year to a year and a half of halted activity. That’s a pretty big hurdle to overcome,” Atha said. “We are making the most

Article source: https://www.newarkadvocate.com/story/news/2020/10/18/licking-county-entertainment-venues-looks-community-help-them-survive-pandemic/3640600001/

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