The theatre says they will be employing an in-house crew including a videographer and designers from Vancouver.
That crew will shoot in Victoria and Vancouver to minimize travel, obtaining footage for the Belfry’s next three shows: Being Here: The Refugee Project (running March 16 – 21), Same Old Same Old (running June 1 – 6), and a still-to-be-announced musical production.
“The health and safety of our patrons and artists made changing our approach and abandoning all in-person audiences an obvious and easy decision for us,” said Artistic Director Michael Shamata in a statement to Victoria Buzz.
Ticket holders and subscribers will be able to watch the shows during scheduled dates any time from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Box office staff will also be available online to answer questions and resolve potential technical issues.
The Belfry says they considered setting up a live-stream for the performances, but issues with travel and safety ruled this possibility out.
“While we have developed extensive protocols, trained staff and felt ready to welcome artists and small, socially distanced audiences back to the theatre, COVID-19 and the local and national health orders continue to impact our plans,” said Shamata.
Season ticket and single ticket holders will be contacted with information about the virtual productions.
New tickets can be bought online at tickets.belfry.bc.ca.