Theatre Department Modifies Plans for Summer Shows

Theatre Department Modifies Plans for Summer Shows

May 20, 2020 | ,

The East Central College Theatre Department is moving forward with tentative plans to present two summer productions — GRITS, and Church and State.

A final decision regarding the shows will be made June 9 by ECC administrators.

In the event the performances are held, the ECC Theatre Department is planning to modify seating, audience entry procedures and other details to protect the health of audience members and performers.

“The administration and the theater department are working together to create a set of health and safety guidelines that will help us to make sure that everyone is as safe as possible,” said Grace Austin, theatre director.

GRITS, scheduled for July 23-26, will be directed by John Anglin with music direction by Paula Nolley and choreography by Bethany Herron. Tickets for GRITS will be available after June 9 if the show is performed as scheduled.

According to Anglin, the cast of four for GRITS have their music and scripts.

“They all are very accomplished,” he said. “They can rehearse completely on their own.”

Church and State (originally scheduled for April 20-23) will be presented Aug. 16-19. It is directed by Austin and features Tara Steffens, Chad Greife-Wetenhall, Lukas St Clair and Carly Uding.

Tickets for Church and State can be purchased at