Plaza Drive In

Plaza Theatre Co. performers take a trip back to the 50s during last weekend's Plaza Drive-Up Theatre. New shows return Wednesday and Saturday. 

“Nifty Fifties” proved such a crowd pleaser that the Plaza Theatre Co. bunch are back for more with two new free outdoor shows being offered at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and Saturday nights.

Wednesday brings “How Great Thou Art.”

“It’s an evening of praise music,” Plaza Artistic Director JaceSon Barrus said. “Both old-timey and contemporary praise songs.”

“The Rip-Roaring Review” hits the stage Saturday night.

“That’s going to be a fun night of country and western songs from various country themed musicals,” Barrus said. “Shows like “Oklahoma,” “Annie Get Your Gun” and “Big River.””

Although the shows are free, parking is limited and available on a first come, first served basis. Donations are also accepted to assist Plaza during its temporary closure.

Temporary regulations enacted by the city last week to stem the spread of COVID-19 effectively shut Plaza down for the time being. Plaza’s board met the day after announcement of the city regulations at which time they voted to close both Plaza Theatre at Dudley Hall and Plaza Main Street Theatre for at least the next four weeks.

The outdoor productions are allowed, however, since patrons watch the productions from their vehicles while listening to them through their radios.

Last weekend’s show, a selection of 1950’s pop and rock ‘n’ roll songs proved the bee’s knees, Barrus said.

“It was absolutely very successful and we were overjoyed by the response and generosity of the crowd,” Barrus said. “It was something to be standing out there seeing all those cars and people honking and flashing their lights. I’ve been doing theater my whole life and I’ve never experienced anything like that night.”

Barrus encouraged fans to follow Plaza’s Facebook, YouTube and Instagram pages as well. He and others associated with the theater have posted an array of skit, story time and podcast videos in recent days and more are planned.

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