Staff of the deCoste Performing Arts Centre are getting ready to open up this week with three shows hosted by Doris Mason in “Under the Big Top” on their deck, and they’re also looking forward to getting back inside the theatre and showcasing a little bit of everything this summer.
“We really have a great variety of performances for our patrons throughout the month of August, especially the second week as we feature some Celtic, country and even a bit of rock ‘n roll,” said Jennifer MacLennan, marketing manager at the deCoste.
“The Stan Rogers Folk Festival is generously sponsoring the Celtic band Còig, who perform on August 11, which we are grateful for. The Cape Breton group are always a favourite at the annual concert.”
Also coming up on August 12 is Cecil MacDougall and his Branded Men band, which has sold out; they will be performing some country music with their tribute to Merle Haggard. The week finishes up on August 13 with a tribute band from New Brunswick performing some rock ‘n roll with a mix of Bon Jovi and Bryan Adams songs that were popular in the 80s and 90s.
Although the shows have a limited capacity (25 per cent of their usual potential to achieve physical distancing), there was some initial concern before making the decision to re-open. “We really shouldn’t have been so worried. We have been pleased with the response on ticket sales,” MacLennan suggested. “We have three sold-out shows and many others, including the three shows next week that have surpassed the 60-75 per cent mark in just a few weeks of being on sale. Most people have commented that they are excited to get out and about again to regain some form of normalcy.”
The deCoste team, she said, has been pleased with the support of their patrons and are thankful to have the opportunity to ensure that shows will go on.
“We were also pleased to get confirmation that the artists won’t require masks to be worn while they perform, which was an initial concern when the announcement on mandatory face coverings was announced. And although patrons are required to wear masks while inside the building, since we will be selling beverages and snacks for them to enjoy during the show, they will be able to remove their masks at that time — just like they would if they were having food at a restaurant.”
Additional information on these and additional shows is available by visiting decostecentre.ca or contacting the box office directly Tuesdays-Thursdays between 11:30 a.m. and 5 p.m.