Rehearsals for the forthcoming production of Sister Act the Musical have been postponed, as producer Jamie Wilson urges other shows to stop performing or rehearsing immediately.
“We are not cancelling the production, we are just postponing,” he told The Stage, adding that the plan is to open the production once the current closure period of theatres ends. The musical stars Brenda Edwards and was due to open at Curve on April 21.
Wilson said: “We made a very tough decision to stop rehearsals after the first day of rehearsals. It was the right decision, because one of our production team was showing very bad symptoms when they came in today to collect belongings. If we had continued it could have created panic in the rehearsal room and concern, and we would have ended our second day of rehearsals in a very poorly, unproductive way.”
He added: “My advice is, anyone still rehearsing or performing, needs to stop now and do the right thing, as it is spreading very, very quickly. Trying to keep going is the wrong thing to do, particularly if some of the company are older or with health issues, which we had.”
He said his own cast had been “very supportive” of the decision and added that his production company was putting a plan in place to make sure the company are looked after.