Bristol Riverside Theatre recently welcomed its entire staff back from the COVID-19 furlough. BRT plans to welcome audience members back for live performances in June after being dark since March, when the pandemic forced the shutdown of its production of Cabaret. Through a sponsorship with William Penn Bank, the theater will reopen with performances taking place at Bristol Township’s brand-new outdoor amphitheater.
“We are overjoyed to be welcoming the entire full-time staff back as we get ready for a return to programming in June,” said producing director Amy Kaissar. “We could not be doing it without the partnership of William Penn Bank and Bristol Township Parks and Recreation. To have gotten through this last year with every single staff member returning is an incredible testament to the commitment of our staff and the passion of our board.”
The amphitheater will allow patrons to socially distance while enjoying live music. With current COVID restrictions, the venue can safely fit up to 1,100 patrons. The outdoor venue is a new venture for BRT.
“We won’t lose another summer to COVID,” said producing director Ken Kaissar. “The Bristol Township amphitheater gives us the opportunity to welcome back our audience in a safe manner. And, listening to great music under the stars while eating delicious food is how our Summer Music Fest should be enjoyed. It just took a pandemic for us to realize it.”
The William Penn Bank Summer Music Fest kicks off June 10 with a special event yet to be announced. That will be followed by three BRT-produced summer concerts, along with two other special events. The full line-up will be announced next month. Visit brtstage.org for more information.