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Enjoy Broadway Music Outdoors at the Columns August 29

MILFORD - The Covid pandemic has been hard on theater goers and performers alike, but an opportunity is coming up. On August 29 at 4pm (rain date August 30), the Pike County Historical Society at The Columns Museum has opened its lawn for an afternoon concert of Broadway tunes, including those of shows that had to shut down because of the pandemic.

Proceeds will benefit American Readers Theatre (ART), a not for profit performing arts organization that promotes literacy through the art of Dance, Music, and Drama.

It’s more than a fundraiser explained ART Director Jeffrey Stocker, “A major reason for doing this is there are no theaters open across the county for movies or plays and we want to keep live performances thriving.”

Musical Director Sandy Stalter added, “Performers are still out there and they’re dying to do something. We have plans in the future to do some online streaming performances but for now, this is outdoors; people want to be outside and we’re taking advantage of this

beautiful location.”

Stalter and Stocker will abide by safety measures for the audience and performers. The audience will be asked to observe social distancing and wear masks. There is limited space on the lawn but an area near the sidewalk can also be used. The performers will be on either side of the porch and except for the person singing, they will be wearing masks.

“I’m rehearsing with people individually online,” said Stalter. “We will have one dress rehearsal a week before the show. Mikes will be cleaned and social distancing will be in place.” She said there will be solos and duets (the latter with family members) performing

songs from Hamilton, Jagged Little Pill, Waitress and The Prom but also tunes from older musicals.

Stocker and Stalter invite the public to bring a lawn chair, a blanket and a mask and enjoy the music. There is a suggested donation of $20, but donors are welcome to give whatever they can afford. Pease note: the museum will be closed, so bathroom facilities will not be


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