In their inimitable style, Bay Theatre Players are persevering with rehearsals, taking on board renewed concerns about COVID-19.
The Bay Theatre Players have had a busy month, both with Youth Theatre activities and rehearsals for the group's next production, The Drowsy Chaperone.
Youth Theatre had a very successful and much enjoyed weekend workshop at the end of June with the Eaton Gorge Theatre company.
The workshops were facilitated by professional acting teachers under a theme of "Scenes from Australia", with a junior and senior youth group exploring different Australian plays, engaging with challenging scripts and getting into character.
Youth Theatre Co-ordinator Lyn Sterling was thrilled with the weekend.
"Thank you to Eaton Gorge Theatre Company for bringing out the best in everyone, and thanks to the youth group for embracing the moment," she said.
The cast and crew of The Drowsy Chaperone have gained some really great momentum over the last few weeks, with a lot of work done on staging and rehearsals.
Jon Benn and Matthew Burgess have been on the tools, creating some fantastic staging to set the scene for the 1920s Broadway Vaudeville show.
Finishing touches have been put on the amazing dance numbers by choreographer Paige Davies, and Candy Burgess, director of The Drowsy Chaperone, has been working one-on-one with her leads, discovering some magical moments.
However, the Theatre has "gone dark" again for the next few weeks due to COVID-19.
Sam Haslam, President of Bay Theatre Players, announced precautions.
"Due to the small cluster of COVID that is beginning to appear within the Batemans Bay locality it is prudent for Bay Theatre Players Inc. to follow our COVID Safe Policy and cease any face-to-face theatre activities for at least the next two weeks," she said.
"This will include rehearsals (that will move back to being remote at home), workshops and meetings (that will continue online).
"At all times during this crisis we, as a group, have followed all government directives and will continue to do so.
"This cessation of activity will allow us to monitor the situation and any possible spread within the wider community and gauge how we can then resume our restricted activities while keeping our membership safe."
As the NSW Government allows the reopening of community activities, Bay Theatre Players will, in line with restrictions, recommence various theatre groups.
In the meantime, the group continues to work at home with the promise of getting something on stage for audiences later in the year.