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Heyde Center to reopen for live performances in April

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Heyde Center 03-01-2021

CHIPPEWA FALLS (WQOW) - You'll soon be able to enjoy live theater again as a local arts center plans to reopen its doors.

The Heyde Center for the Arts in Chippewa Falls reopened its art gallery in late February, but on April 10, it will have a live dinner and show called "Laughter is the Best Medicine."

It's the first live performance for the center since closing in November, but Executive Director Debra Johnson said a few things will be different such as plexiglass at the box office, separate doors to enter and exit and limited capacity at 120 audience members. The auditorium can normally fit 430 people.

Johnson said even though it will be hard to pay the bills with limited seating, she knows that live theater brings a human element that their patrons have been craving.

"Experience together as a group.  That's what's really important.  To be here, where the artist is right there, and then afterward you can talk to them and meet with them, see them face-to-face, we're missing this kind of human interaction.  That's the excitement.  That's why we're so looking forward to having people back in here," Johnson said.

Tickets to "Laughter is the Best Medicine" are available now.

Katrina Lim

Katrina Lim joined the News 18 team in August 2019 as a multimedia journalist. She was born and raised in Jersey City, New Jersey but has lived in all time zones of the contiguous U.S.A.

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