Mayo Performing Arts Center announces plan to resume indoor shows

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Brynn Stanley, Grover Kemble (right) and Jerry Vezza will perform at the Mayo Performing Arts Center in Morristown, Oct. 2.

The Mayo Performing Arts Center in Morristown will begin presenting indoor concerts and movies again, Sept. 19, and the first concert, Oct. 2, will be a benefit for MPAC featuring jazz performers Brynn Stanley, Grover Kemble and Jerry Vezza.

In accordance with state law, attendance for the shows will be capped at 150, even though the space can normally hold more than 1,300. Attendees must wear face masks and undergo temperature checks, and other safety precautions will be taken as well.

“This is an encouraging first step toward returning to normalcy, but there is still a long, difficult road ahead before performing arts centers like MPAC can return to regular operations,” said MPAC’s president and CEO, Allison Larena, in a press release. “We will continue to face many financial challenges from being closed over the past six months as well as being only capable of operating on a limited basis in the immediate future.”

Here is MPAC’s current fall lineup (indoor, outdoor and virtual), with details about each show. More events are expected to be added. For information and to buy tickets, visit MayoArts.org.

Sept. 17, 7 p.m.: “Trivia Night” at MPAC Plaza. Already on sale.
Sept. 19, 2 p.m.: Movie: “The Lion Ling,” indoors. Already on sale.
Sept. 19, 7:30 p.m.: Movie: “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” indoors. Already on sale.
Sept. 22, 5:30 p.m.: The Sensational Soul Cruisers, drive-in concert at Fosterfields Living Historical Farm. Already on sale.
Sept. 24, 5:30 p.m.: “Manhattan Comedy Night” with Moody McCarthy, Rodney Laney and Marion Grodin, drive-in show at Fosterfields Living Historical Farm. Already on sale.
Sept. 29, 8 p.m.: Seize the Show presents “All About Evil” (murder mystery). Interactive online event. Already on sale.
Oct. 2, 7:30 p.m.: Brynn Stanley, Grover Kemble and Jerry Vezza, “Get Happy,”
indoors. On sale Sept. 18 at 10 a.m., with pre-sales starting Sept. 16 at 10 a.m.
Oct. 7-8, 7 p.m.: Seize the Show presents “Empowered” (superhero story). Interactive online event Already on sale.
Oct. 16, 6 and 8:30 p.m.: The Nerds, indoors. On sale Sept. 18 at 10 a.m., with pre-sales starting Sept. 16 at 10 a.m.
Oct. 23, 6 p.m. The 22nd annual (Virtual) Starlight Ball: “What the World Needs Now.” Streaming performances by Kristin Chenoweth, MPAC’s Performing Arts School students and others, plus silent auction and more.
Oct. 24, 3 and 7:30 p.m.: “Bad Girls: The Donna Summer Tribute,” featuring Rainere Martin, indoors. On sale Sept. 18 at 10 a.m., with pre-sales starting Sept. 16 at 10 a.m.

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