MASON CITY, Iowa — The curtain is about to rise on the resumption of live performances at NIACC.
In March 2020, the 2019-20 season of the NIACC Performing Arts series came to an abrupt end due to the pandemic. Earlier this year, the series was able to get a soft relaunch by reintroducing some live-streamed events. thanks to a high-quality three-camera system.
Those who missed live music and performances can now rejoice, as the 2021-22 season is set to be announced next week. NIACC auditorium capacity will be increased to 100%, although mask guidelines are still pending and series directors are working with NIACC, CG Public Health and other organizations to keep people safe.
When the doors reopen, assistant series director Jessica Vetter says guests will expect a few changes, including newer and larger seats, a new carpet and communication system, and a new table. ‘harmony. The funds for the renovations/additions came in part through the passage of a bond issue for the college last year. The break moved these renovations ahead of schedule.
“We’ve been working behind the scenes to improve this in a way that audiences may not see, but it will be a better onstage experience for our performers and the people behind the scenes.”
After being on hiatus for full-capacity audiences for more than a year, Vetter says it’s a moving experience to welcome enthusiastic guests back.
“We do this because we love sharing live art with people. There’s nothing like having a room full of people laughing, crying, experiencing things together, and we’ve missed that ever since. over a year at this point.”
If you’re wondering who will be on the program this season, and for more information, an announcement will be broadcast live on the show’s Facebook page and NIACC’s YouTube page on Tuesday at 7 p.m.