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Columbus Organizations Return to Temporary Closures, Cancel In-Person Events

Taijuan Moorman Taijuan Moorman Columbus Organizations Return to Temporary Closures, Cancel In-Person EventsShadowbox Live will convert live performance tickets for Holiday Hoopla to links to a virtual experience. Photo courtesy Shadowbox Live.
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Shadowbox Live has announced it will be suspending ticket sales for in-house audiences through the end of 2020, following guidance from public health officials, the theatre said on Friday, November 20 via social media.

The theatre noted the advice of public health officials was both “necessary and life-saving” and added, “The show will go on.”

Also announced were updates on Holiday Hoopla 2020. The holiday-themed sketch comedy and music show will still be available for streaming on Friday, November 27. Those who have already purchased tickets for the live performance will instead receive links to view the performance virtually, for every seat purchased.

Additionally, music tribute show Legends from Liverpool will return to the stage in early 2021, after finishing its current run last weekend.

Anyone who still holds reservations will have the option to convert their reservation to a virtual performance of Holiday Hoopla or a gift card that can be used for a future Shadowbox Live performance.

“For three decades, Shadowbox Live has been a leader in delivering bold, genre-shifting original artful experiences, from front door to final bow,” said the theatre. “In the most unique and uncertain times that we have faced in a generation, we will continue to cultivate work that challenges, inspires, and entertains our audiences.”

Other COVID-19 related closures and changes have also recently been announced. The Columbus Metropolitan Library announced it would be returning to curbside pickup and walk-up service only as of Saturday, November 21, temporarily ending entry into its buildings.

Similarly, the Columbus Museum of Art announced it would close temporarily. The museum will be issuing refunds to patrons who purchased tickets to visit the museum in the coming weeks.

“Due to the recent developments in the widespread increase in COVID-19 cases in Central Ohio, the Columbus Museum of Art (CMA) has decided to take a community health break and will temporarily close, effective Saturday, Nov. 21,” a post announcing the closure read. “This temporary closure is best for our community to get through the critical weeks ahead. We will continue to monitor the situation closely and will announce a reopening date when appropriate.”

ProMusica also announced the cancellation of the in-person December AutumnFEST concert, “Vadim & Friends” and the Wexner Center for the Arts announced the center would be closed to the public, effective Friday, Nov. 20. The center continues to provide arts experiences virtually.

For more information, visit shadowboxlive.org, columbuslibrary.org and columbusmuseum.org.

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