Theater Groups Ready to Move Forward, Adapt, Following Challenges Faced During Pandemic

Local theater groups are learning to move forward and adapt during the pandemic.

“It’s been really emotional in some sense and it’s been a lot of months now without doing anything,” says Joseph Baumann, president of the Cadillac Footliters.

Cadillac Footliters is a nonprofit theater group, and due to COVID-19, they haven’t been able to host a live performance in more than a year.

“We were in the midst of a junior’s production last march that had to be canceled two and a half weeks before, 60 kids were going to be on stage,” says Baumann.

Something many performers like Sally Goggin really miss

“I miss my friends, I miss what we do together that back and forth response in theater, there’s just nothing like it,” says Goggin.

Goggin’s daughter works for a theater company in Minneapolis, which is also struggling to schedule shows.

Goggin says, “They were hoping to start back by the end of august, and then it was September and now they’re looking at October and I think Broadway is pretty much in the same place.”

Goggin says she hopes the pandemic won’t stop the next generation of performers from hitting the stage.

“I certainly hope performers will be able to continue to have a career and, I can’t help but believe that when film come back and Broadway comes back, it will be greeted with huge audiences and a great response from folks,” says Goggin.

As for live Footliters performances, Baumann says, “I think we’ll find different ways, whether it’s outside this summer or fall, as we’re preliminary planning to do, or like New York where they’re hoping that people get vaccinated and be able to be in a room safely.”

Either way, Baumann says, the show will go on.

“We want people to know that we’re going to be back, and we want people to be excited about is coming back because it matters for us and we believe that it matters to the community,” says Baumann.