Theaters selling out to eager Latvians despite restrictions

Vidzeme Television reported October 18 that despite the limitations of COVID-19, tickets to theatrical settings are sold out, according to Valmiera drama theater and Dailes theater.

There are fewer seats because of distancing rules, but those are all occupied.

“All 134 seats will be occupied, it will be a full hall,” said Evita Ašeradena, director of the Valmiera drama theater.

“The presence of audience is certainly very important for us, and in that way we are the first to follow the number of sick people every day. Obviously, one thing is what is banned or not banned by the government and the other is how people feel,” said the theater's director.

People want to enjoy culture, because the spring pandemic, when everything was closed and the art could only be enjoyed digitally, gave the impression that it needed a presence effect to do it perfectly. In circumstances where only half of the room may be filled, with state support and very economically recalculating everything, the theatre can exist.

“We live from day to day, look at what the situation is going to be, to the next year. Since we don't know anything, we live very frugally and anticipate at which point we will have to start thinking about how economically to do things according to circumstances,” she said. Although the situation is not easy, the Valmiera drama theater decided not to raise ticket prices.

Dailes theater said that much depends on the size of the rooms, and according to the existing guidelines, their situation is the best, because the capacity of the room allows up to 500 viewers.

“That focus in the hall, and that attention, that desire to see the show, I have to say, is probably even greater than it was before. Consequently, actors feel it, we also feel the responsibility that someone has made more effort to come, watch our show. Then we try to do our best,” said Juris Žagars, director of Dailes Theater.

“Dailes theater has been pretty successful with sales during the summer period and now also in the autumn. We have managed to accumulate some means so that even the full “lockdown” can be survived,” Žagars said.

 

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