Amidst the rash of COVID-19 postponements and cancelations, Joe Jefferson Playhouse (JJP) (11 S. Carlen St.) has also moved its musical “Sister Act the Musical,” which was scheduled to open March 20. It will now run during their last time slot of the season, June 5-20. Its ensemble cast has been at work for most of the winter and it’s easy to see why they don’t want to waste the efforts.
According to a letter from the JJP board of directors sent March 17, after an emergency meeting they made the decision to move the show and cancel “Evil Dead the Musical,” which was slated to open in June, for the safety of “patrons, cast and crew.”
“We will be reaching out to patrons individually regarding tickets for both ‘Sister Act the Musical’ and ‘Evil Dead,’” the letter read. “As you can imagine, it may take us a few weeks to get to everyone who has purchased tickets for both shows, so please, be patient as we work through getting all tickets handled for these shows.
“As you can understand, this was a very hard decision for our board of directors and was not made lightly. We want to extend a very large thank you to every one of our cast and crew of ‘Sister Act the Musical’ for their understanding during this time and for allowing us the ability to move their show back. We understand how hard it is to work for months on a production and we are hoping that our patrons will come out and support them this June. As always, the show must go on.”
To stay up-to-date on the fate of this ensemble comedy, call 251-471-1534 or go to joejeffersonplayers.com. The playhouse is also accepting donations to help stay open at this time.
A reader’s delight
So, it looks like the next few weeks could be a great time to take in a book or two, even better if they’re by a local author or bought through a local dealer. Haunted Book Shop has the perfect answer.
Though owner Angela Trigg has closed the shop to browsing and canceled storytime and book club, she will be on premises taking care of business. Go to their website — thehauntedbookshopmobile.com — find a title that grabs your fancy, add it to your virtual cart and when you checkout, select either to have it shipped, delivered or set out for curbside pickup.
Just pull into the loading zone in front of the store and Trigg will run out and hand it to you.
You can also call the shop (251-348-7668) during business hours posted on their website to arrange for curbside pickup. Trigg has also offered to deliver books in Midtown, from the intersection of Dauphin and Florida streets eastward to downtown. Alabama residents electing to ship will be reimbursed shipping charges during the social distancing period.
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