Walnut Street Theatre welcomes back guests for first time since start of pandemic

With a capacity of 1,000 seats, more than half were filled on Tuesday night.
PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) -- It's the first night of preview week at Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia.

Along with moving to digital ticketing, staff must verify vaccine status with identification or show proof of a negative test before entry.

"It feels good. I appreciate how they're keeping the extra precautions," said ticket holder Monica Sprague of Ewing, New Jersey.

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"We weren't going to come at first," said Lucy Colangelo Dych of Delanco, NJ.

Before curtain call, the theatre had been sanitized. Masks are mandatory inside.

With a capacity of 1,000 seats, more than half were filled Tuesday night.

"It shows me we have a healthy appetite for coming back to the theatre," said Bernard Havard, president and producing artistic director of the Walnut Street Theatre. "I think we have 71% of our seats pre-sold, which is wonderful."

"I haven't been to a live performance play in a while, so just the atmosphere and being here is amazing in itself," Sprague added.

You can learn about all the upcoming shows at the Walnut Street Theatre by clicking, HERE.

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