Helena's performing arts scene still reeling from COVID-19


Three major Helena arts nonprofits offering live performances have taken it in the chops from COVID.

One local arts director said he had to pivot so much, it’s become a pirouette.

While another commented, the constant pivots were causing whiplash.

Today’s Your Time article was going to be about the debut of a new, original play, “A Real Boy,” written by Grandstreet Theatre artistic director Jeff Downing that was to open this weekend.

It’s not.

It’s postponed until January.

And the show scheduled for January, “Almost Maine,” is canceled.

The reasons are painfully clear.

As COVID numbers climbed in Montana, “A Real Boy” became one of the casualties.

On national maps of COVID-19, Montana is one of the national hotspots.

As of Monday night, cases in Lewis and Clark County were extremely high, and the high positive test rate suggests “that cases are being significantly undercounted,” according to The New York Times.

In September, the number of new COVID cases in Montana exceeded the number of people vaccinated. Only 49% of Montanans are fully vaccinated.

That’s a major part of the problem, according to the directors of Grandstreet Theatre, The Myrna Loy and the Helena Symphony.

All three organizations have had to be nimble and creative to keep their doors

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