After 258 days, Frankston Arts Centre has welcomed back its first live audience after the COVID-19 lockdown. Almost 100 people were invited to the 800-seat theatre on November 28 for Spirit Lines: A Musical Reconciliation – and they were rapt to be back.
Regular theatregoers Colin and Myrtle Hughes said being able to attend a live show again had brought them great joy. “Thank you so much for opening the theatre and your hearts to us,” they said. “It was glorious to be back among you all and the show was very special.”
Frankston City Council’s arts and culture manager, Andrew Moon, said it was fantastic to welcome back an audience as FAC staff trialled new COVID-safe practices. “The guests were socially distanced throughout the theatre,” Mr Moon said. “Other safety measures included all audience members wearing masks, regular cleaning of touch points, and a new layout of the foyer space to improve traffic flow and encourage physical distancing.”
Originally programmed as part of the FAC’s 2020 theatre season and re-scheduled twice, Spirit Lines featured Indigenous Australian singer Uncle Kutcha Edwards, three-time Latin Grammy guitarist Daniel Jauregui and Anglo-Brazilian percussionist and scholar Adrian Hearn.
The FAC box office and main foyer are open for reduced hours Monday to Friday from 11am-4pm. For more information, visit the website or phone 9784 1060.