CAPE BRETON’S HIGHLAND ARTS THEATRE RETURNS TO THE STAGE – AND WITH A PLAN TO ELIMINATE TICKET PRICES

The Highland Arts Theatre in Sydney, Nova Scotia, became one of the first indoor theatre companies in Canada to resume live shows on Monday night.

The Highland Arts Theatre in Sydney, Nova Scotia, became one of the first indoor theatre companies in Canada to resume live shows on Monday night.

Daniel MacIvor, the Siminovitch Prize-winning playwright and one of the many prides of Cape Breton, was the first up on stage in front of an audience, performing a newly revised, pandemic-updated version of his 1991 solo show, House. He’ll be performing the play for the rest of the month in repertory with the off-Broadway musical John and Jen, a two-hander starring local “rising stars” Emily O’Leary and Kevin Munroe.

This is not a return to business as usual for the six-year-old company also known as The HAT, however – and not just because, following Nova Scotia health guidelines, the audience is being limited to about 50 people a night, or 12.5 per cent of the 400-seat venue’s usual capacity.

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