For the first time in 26 years the Liberty Hall Theatre won’t be putting on its annual performance.
Player for the Theatre, Joey Jensen, has been a part of the performances on and off for 17 years. For the last three years she has been directing the shows, and this year she was set to return to the stage in an acting position.
“We have put 26 performances on for 26 straight years,” Jensen says about this year’s cancellation. “It is pretty heartbreaking actually.”
The annual dinner theatre performances feature eight shows every year and are produced by the Liberty Hall Board with meals prepared and provided by the Springdale Ladies Club.
Many in the Springdale and surrounding areas look forward to the show every year. The players will begin their preparations and practices mid-October every year and will practice twice a week.
This year they were practicing for about a month before COVID-19 concerns shut them down and they had to make the hard decision to cancel this year’s show.
Their February 2021 performance was to be to the play “How I Met Your Mummy.”
Jensen says that although it was sad, it was necessary for everyone’s safety to shut down this year’s production. The cancellation of the play also did not negatively impact the Theatre for next season.
“Thankfully we have enough funds left over that we will be fine,” says Jensen.
Given that it is safe to do so, Jensen hopes the Theatre’s 2022 performance goes off without a hitch.