MARSHALL — A number of shows scheduled for Memorial City Hall performances this year once again have been rescheduled because of COVID-19 restrictions.
“We are just asking for everyone to be patient with us in these difficult times,” said hall Manager Glenn Barnhart. “What a lot of people might not realize is that the outbreak of coronavirus has seriously impacted the performing arts community.”
He said the performances were rescheduled because of a number of artists cancelling their tours since venues across the country are still closed.
“We appreciate everyone’s patience,” Barnhart said. “I want to make sure that when we come back we do it in a way that is safe for the audience, and that they feel safe when they are there.”
He said the potential showing of Christmas movies during this year’s modified version of Wonderland of Lights is still being considered but decision has been made.
“We are owned by the city, and they are being very cautious with reopening of city facilities,” Barnhart said. “Because our numbers are going down and we want them to continue to go down.”
Rescheduled shows are:
Grammy winner Texas country singer Larry Gatlin will take the stage March 28 in a special event.
Texas Bank and Trust will sponsor John Mueller’s Winter Dance Party May 7. The show is the official live and authentic re-creation of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper’s final tour and includes more than two hours of entertainment featuring hit songs of the 1950s era.
On May 15, “Yesterday and Today The Beatles Interactive Experience” recreates the music, energy and spirit of the world’s most popular band.
“Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol” is scheduled Dec. 5, 2021, sponsored by Verabank.
Memorial City Hall also has a number of shows already planned for 2021 that have not been rescheduled. They are:
On Jan. 23, “Memphis Soul” is sponsored by Master Wood Craft Cabinetry & Mark Trexler.
The Marshall Regional Arts Council sponsors The National Players’ presentation of Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” on Feb. 11.
On March 6, “Tapestry-The Carol King Songbook with Suzanne O Davis” recreates the sound and vibe of a 1970s Carole King concert experience.
Single ticket sales begin Nov. 1, according to Barnhart, who said Memorial City Halls plans to open as soon as restrictions are lifted in the state.
“If and when we do open, it will be with safety protocols,” he said. “The majority of that is finding ways to prevent lobby crowding.”
Season tickets are still available.
For questions, contact Barnhart at (903)934-7992 or go to www.memorialcityhall.com.