From Our CEO
“There’ll be actual real live people
It’ll be totally strange
But wow, am I so ready for this change!
‘Cause for the first time in forever
There’ll be music, there’ll be light”*
When these memorable lyrics from the Broadway musical and movie, Frozen were written by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, they couldn’t possibly have known how appropriate they are to our current reality – nearly 18 months without performances in the three theaters of the Herberger Theater Center.
Have you heard the news? There are over 300 performances and events on sale right now on our new and improved website, HerbergerTheater.org. It seems like it has been forever since we could say those words. It has been a very long and challenging time for everyone since the curtain came down in March of 2020. Now, we couldn’t be more excited to see that people like you are buying tickets and making plans to gather together to see amazing shows by resilient performing companies, including several of our Resident Companies, Arizona Theatre Company, Childsplay, and Arizona Opera.
As we prepare for the curtain to rise again, the Herberger Theater Center remains strongly committed to the health and safety of the community and especially, everyone who comes to the theater as a guest, performer, volunteer or associate (staff).
We have been carefully monitoring the local and global situation regarding COVID-19 and review ongoing updates through the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and the Arizona Department of Health Services. With that information, we continue to adapt our safety protocols in order to provide the safest experience for our guests, performers, associates, and volunteers. Guests are encouraged to check our website prior to their performance for the most up to date information and protocols.
One of the most visible ways that we are following CDC guidelines is by requiring masks and face coverings for all guests ages two and up regardless of vaccination status until Maricopa County is no longer an area of substantial or high transmission. Masks and face coverings may only be removed while actively enjoying concessions purchased at the bar in designated areas. I understand that no one is excited about wearing a mask during shows but we all want to get back to experiencing live performances in person so we’re going to have to do this right now. I really appreciate your willingness to follow this important requirement.
Another important step we have taken for the health and safety of everyone at the theater is to implement a vaccination requirement for Herberger Theater Center associates and volunteers. By the time performances resume in October, everyone working in person with guests and performing companies will be fully vaccinated. Likewise, performing companies such as Arizona Theatre Company and Childsplay are requiring the same of their staff and artists.
Some of the performing companies who present productions at the Herberger Theater Center, including Arizona Theatre Company, are currently requiring all guests of their performances to provide proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of the performance time. If this is a requirement for a performance you are attending, additional information will be available on the production page of our website as well as included in information communicated by email directly to ticket buyers. To confirm if this is a requirement for your performance, please connect with us using the texting service on the bottom right corner of our website or contact the box office at 602.252.8497.
I invite you to read more about the other ways we are working to make your experience safe and healthy by following this link.
On behalf of our associates and volunteers, we are very excited to welcome you back this season. I appreciate you and can’t wait to see actual real live people in the seats at the Herberger Theater Center.
President & CEO
Herberger Theater Center
*For the First Time in Forever” by Kristen Anderson-Lopez / Robert Joseph Lopez © Sony/atv Cross Keys Publishing, Walt Disney Music Company, All Around Town Music, Wonderland Music Co. Inc., Wonderland Music Company Inc., Wonderland Music Company Inc, Only For Now Inc