BY ROD ZOOK
HUTCHINSON, Kan. — The pandemic and the resulting shut down of businesses has had a major effect on the theatre and movie businesses.
It is no different for the Hutchinson Fox Theatre. The Fox saw a whole season of entertainment go by the wayside in 2020. But, the theatre is now working to get the 2021 season underway.
“We’re solidifying next season, we’ll be ready to release that information in a couple of months,” Director Chuck Miller said. “Everything is kind of backed up, stacked up and we just we can start knocking them down and bringing them back to Hutch.”
Miller says that all of the acts scheduled for 2020 are coming back this year and says most have been very accommodating on finding new dates.
“It’s been very easy to reschedule, everybody has been very understanding about the situation,” Miller said. “Many of the acts that we booked are willing to do two shows for social distancing if we need that, so they have been very accommodating.”
Miller says in the meantime the theatre has been doing some minor repairs and renovating the restrooms to provide more space. They are also working on the new ticketing system. The main thing the Fox wants to do is get back to entertaining.
“We have a new ticketing system that we’re working the bugs out of," Miller said. “We’re very optimistic we’ll get going again, it’s just a matter of when.”
If all goes as planned, there could be an announcement on a show in April and maybe again in May. The first official performance on the list as of now is the Dirty Dozen Brass Band set for June 19. Tickets go on sale to the public starting Friday.