A Houston Christmas tradition is doing the best it can to adapt to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic by moving its annual holiday concerts outdoors and spreading out its audience to offer the safest possible show.
The A.D. Players at The George Theater presents, “Merry Christmas Darling: Heidi Kettenring Sings Karen Carpenter,” with shows beginning Thursday, Dec. 10, and running through Wednesday, Dec. 24.
This year’s performances won’t be inside the historic George Theater. Instead, a stage is being installed in the theater’s parking lot at 5420 Westheimer in Houston.
Kevin Dean, artistic director for the Players, said the organization recognizes the concern with the ongoing pandemic, but felt a safe concert could be put on for the people of Houston.
“We have been continually pursuing the highest level of safety in everything we have done this fall and want to provide people an opportunity to safely experience some much-needed holiday cheer.”
So, to that end, guests will be seated six feet apart in individually marked boxes (groups from the same household can sit together). Boxes can seat two to four people in lawn or camping chairs that attendees are encouraged to bring from home.
Masks are required when sitting outside your designated box.
A four-person box costs $250; a two-person box costs $125. There is a $5 processing fee for tickets.
Special VIP pages are also available, which include lawn chairs and a cocktail table.
The concert isn’t the only creative idea the Players came up with. Because the shows are being held outside, food trucks and local artisans have been invited to sell warm beverages and snacks. Also feel free to bring your own snacks and beverages.
The concert should certainly fill your soul with some much-needed holiday cheer. Kettenring and the band plan to play all the classics from The Carpenter’s Christmas albums, including the iconic “Merry Christmas Darling” and “The Christmas Song.”
To learn more about the event, check out the A.D. Players at The George Theater online.