New Opening Date for the Musical “Bright Star” with Enhanced COVID-19 Safety Protocols

Mask wearing and proof of full vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test result will now be required for admission to Charleston Stage performances at the Historic Dock Street Theatre.

Recent COVID cases amongst the cast have forced us to delay the opening of the musical “Bright Star”The new opening performance is now scheduled for Saturday, September 11, 2021 at 7:30 pm. We will be reaching out to ticket holders for the canceled performances from September 3-10 to rebook them for later dates.

We are using this extra time to enhance the safety protocols for our performers and audiences. Following CDC guidelines, and the lead of other theatres around the country, including Broadway theatres, we are joining the Charleston Music Hall and Charleston’s Gaillard Center in requiring audience members to provide proof of full vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test result for admission to Charleston Stage performances at the Historic Dock Street Theatre. Also note that the City of Charleston requires that all audience members wear masks when inside the Dock Street Theatre.

Special arrangements have also been made for audience members who would prefer to see a streamed video of the onstage performance. These will be available at the same time as live performances on September 18-26. For information on virtual performances go to CharlestonStage.com/Virtual.

Charleston Stage COVID-19 Safety Protocols

We are following CDC, City of Charleston and other local health guidelines to keep our cast, crew and audiences safe. We have partnered with Roper St. Francis Healthcare for cast testing and medical guidance. These protocols are subject to change based on changing conditions.

For Audiences:

1) Photo ID and Proof of Full Vaccination or Negative COVID-19 Test Result Required


Audiences are required to show a photo ID and proof of full vaccination (vaccination card or photocopy of card) upon entrance to the theatre, or show a negative COVID-19 test result, administered by a medical professional, taken within 72 hours prior to the show date. The final dose of vaccines must be at least 14 days prior to attending the show date.

2) Unvaccinated Patrons Under 12 Years of Age

Unvaccinated patrons under 12 years of age will be required to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test result, administered by a medical professional, taken within 72 hours prior to the show date.

3) Unvaccinated Patrons Over 12 Years of Age With a Valid Medical Restriction

Unvaccinated patrons over 12 years of age with a valid medical restriction will be required to show a photo ID and proof of a negative COVID-19 test result, administered by a medical professional, taken within 72 hours prior to the show date.

*For patrons without a photo ID, two pieces of official mail in their name may be used in place of a photo ID.

4) Masks are Required

Due to the rise in COVID-19 cases, the City of Charleston requires face coverings in all city buildings, including the Dock Street Theatre. Masks that cover your nose and mouth are required at all times.

5) Distancing
In lobby spaces, please make an effort to stay at least six feet apart from others who don’t live in your household.

For Audience Protection:

All Charleston Stage staff, cast members, musicians and crew are fully vaccinated. Cast, musicians and crew for “Bright Star” are also COVID tested weekly. 

Staff and volunteers will be wearing masks at all times.

An antiviral spray is being used in the theatre between performances.

There are automated hand sanitizers in the lobby.

To limit contact and lines, no Will Call tickets will be offered. All tickets will be delivered electronically or by mail and scanned at the door.

Show programs will not be collected for reuse.

Cancellations/Postponements:

Patrons in any performances that are canceled or postponed due to COVID-19 will have several options:

  • Patrons can exchange their tickets for a future performance (including virtual performances where available).
  • Patrons can receive a voucher good for a future performance.
  • Patrons can convert the value of their ticket into a tax-deductible donation.

For FAQs and more information, please visit CharlestonStage.com/FAQs.

Thank you again for your understanding and cooperation as we work to ensure the safety of our audiences, performers, staff and crew.

-Submitted by Charleston Stage

(Image credit: Charleston Stage)

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