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How The Clarence Brown Theatre Is Coping With An Unexpected Finale To Their Season

On March 16th, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the University of TN made the decision to move all classes online through the end of the semester and to cancel all events, which included all performances at the Clarence Brown Theatre (CBT). Hamlet was nearing the end of its run, but abruptly had to close, cancelling the final three performances. Airness and A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder had not yet begun rehearsals, but all of the elements were in place. The shows had been cast, designs completed, orchestra hired and production meetings had been taking place months in advance. All of that came to a screeching halt when the seriousness of the pandemic became all too apparent. Theatres all across the world are experiencing just what the CBT encountered. Months of planning and rehearsing to create something that the public will never get to experience. What does that mean for the theatre and all of those who were involved in the cancelled productions? What kind of loss will they see and how can they recover from these losses? Morning Concert host, Melony Dodson, had a conversation with Calvin MacLean, Artistic Director and Tom Cervone, Managing Director, of the CBT to find out more. 


Melony calls the beautiful mountains of Boone, N.C., home, although she was born near Greensboro, N.C. There’s just something about those Blue Ridge Mountains that got in her blood and never left after she moved there to attend Appalachian State University (ASU). While at ASU, she majored in piano performance and music therapy and began to cultivate a love for accompanying and for collaborating with other musicians. This soon led her to earn a master’s degree in collaborative piano at the University of Tennessee, which she attended from 2006-2008.