In March of 2020, when the world seemed to go on hold, entertainment venues shut down with little clear path forward. 18 months later those same venues are fighting for survival, but with the help of one federal program, the future doesn’t seem so bleak.
Dr. Richard Steinbach has been at the helm of the Sioux City Symphony all through the pandemic. When thinking back to early 2020 he recalled, “We were in the middle of a season, fantastic season, actually, when the pandemic hit in March of 2020.”
In Spencer, Liz McNea from the Spencer Community Theater recalls their situation in March 2020. “We’re already in the rehearsal process for our spring musical, and that’s where we met the pandemic.”
Shannon Cole, president of the Vermillion Cultural Association and head honcho of the Coyote Twin Theater remembers how the movie business shifted quickly. “We were really excited about the movies that were supposed to come out and then slowly slowly slowly all the movies started dropping off the release list and we knew we were going to be in trouble.”