By NICK GOSNELL
HUTCHINSON, Kan. — The performances by Stage 9 of Hutchinson: The Pandemic are this weekend on Youtube.
"Tickets are $35," said Patrick Calvillo, who wrote the play with Lindsey Becher from Stage 9. "If you go to www.stage9hutch.com, you can buy tickets."
Then the link to the performance will be sent to you. It will go live at 7:30 p.m. each night on Youtube. There will be something there even if there are technical issues.
"We do have something," Becher said. "But, we also have all the pitfalls of live theater of somebody not coming on stage or somebody going up on a line. There's all the crazy, scary stuff that theatre has to offer, but there's also a backup plan, for sure."
Stage 9 and the Hutchinson Art Center along with Blue Barn Productions are working with a local restaurant for a virtual dinner theater experience, as well.
"There's a link if you go to Hutchinson Art Center, Blue Barn Productions or the Stage 9 Facebook page, there's a link to Mi Tierra," Becher said. "You can order food delivered to your house tonight, tomorrow night or come pick it up and enjoy the food while you're watching the show."
This lighthearted look at the pandemic has characters locals will recognize, like mayor Jade Piros de Carvalho, Health Department Director Nick Baldetti and more, along with stand ins for both the virus and a vaccine.