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MANSFIELD -- Renaissance Performing Arts has announced details concerning its health and safety plan for reopening the theatre beginning with Cinderella: The Broadway Musical, scheduled July 31-Aug. 9.

"The health and safety of the Renaissance patrons, volunteers, staff, and artists is a priority for the organization. The plan for reopening is aggressive, both behind the curtain and in front of it," The Ren said in a press release.

"Masks are required of all staff, artists, and volunteers, and expected for patrons. The theatre capacity has been reduced to under 30 percent (420 seats of 1,402) allowing for social distancing with the HVAC system set to maximum ventilation.

"All surfaces are cleaned with increased frequency, and seats sanitized with an electrostatic fogger between each rehearsal, performance, and event. Concessions will be available for pre or mobile ordering to eliminate lines and minimize contact. Patrons will be released from the theatre by section following performances," the release said.

"We have ensured that every possible step has been taken to protect the entire Renaissance family, from our performers and crew members to patrons, volunteers, and staff.

"Like all industries, we are entering the 'next normal,' and patrons should expect that the theatre experience will be different moving forward," said Renaissance President Chelsie Thompson.

"Speaking as someone who is particularly vulnerable to the Covid-19 virus, identifying a way to re-open safely has been of extreme personal importance to me," Thompson said.

"Even with the required use of proven safety measures like social distancing and mask wearing, we know and respect that not all patrons will feel comfortable returning to the theatre environment just yet - some are more vulnerable than others, and we are making sure to offer fulfilling arts experiences for those patrons, as well. "

For a comprehensive list of all safety measures, go to

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