Reopening Plan

VWCT is proud to be back offering live theatre. This page contains information about some new procedures and practices that allow us to reopen under current restrictions. These guidelines and policies have been approved by the Board of Directors.


Reopening Plan of VWCT

Entire theater will be sanitized before opening.

Signs posted on theater doors and inside reminding patrons about face masks and social distancing.

Doors will be propped open before and after the show.

Socializing should be done outside of the theater.

Hand sanitizing stations will be available.

Face masks will be required for the patrons and those assisting them in the theater.

Actors will not be required to wear facemasks on stage.

Face masks will be available for patrons without one.

Theater staff will welcome and assist visitors by verbal greeting only.

There will be no printed tickets.  

No programs will be handed out.  If there are programs they will be on a table for the patrons will take on their own.

There will be no intermission.

There will be no drinks or food available.  Water fountain will be covered.

Bathrooms will be open but restricted to no more than 2 patrons at a time.

Seating will be as follows:

  1. Row A will be kept empty for social distancing (chairs folded up) excluding wheelchair patrons in the Right section of row A
  2. Groups will be assigned seats to provide social distancing (e.g., 2 seats between groups in a row, groups separated by a empty seats directly in front of and behind a group)
  3. Group reservations (for seating together) limited to 10 individuals (per current State Mandatory guidelines)
  4. Total reservations per performance limited to 42 people while under 25% capacity limit

High touch surfaces will be cleaned between performances.


All tickets are $16 and must be paid for at time of reservation.  No additional fees are currently being charged.  All sales are final.  If you call the box office, please leave a voicemail with your name, date of performance you wish to attend, number of persons in your party, and phone number.  Someone will return your call within 24 hours to confirm the reservation and take your credit card information.  All performances have limited capacity in accordance with state mandates.  Parties should make one reservation for those folks they wish to sit with.  All reservations will be assigned seating to allow for social distancing.  Seating assignments will be made at the discretion of the box office management.  We cannot guarantee seating preference.  Please indicate if any in your party need to use our elevator. 

In accordance with the statewide mask mandate, we REQUIRE patrons and guests to wear a mask, face covering, or face shield upon entry to Van Wert Civic Theatre and during the performance.  Please observe social distancing. 

We ask that you refrain from congregating in the theater lobby or common areas. 

VWCT has thorough protocols in place to reduce exposure to COVID-19.

When you arrive, an usher will show you to your seat. No tickets will be distributed. 

Individuals in high-risk categories are encouraged not to attend performances.  

Patrons are asked to assess their health before arriving and stay home if ill or experiencing symptoms of COVID-19.

  • Do you have a new or persistent cough?
  • Do you have shortness of breath?
  • Do you have a fever?

Any patrons who arrive at the theatre ill or displaying symptoms of COVID-19 will be sent home.  If you are experiencing illness on performance day, please call the Box Office at 419-238-9689 (leave a voicemail if necessary) or email for options.  

While VWCT works hard to reduce exposure to COVID-19, the public is assuming the inherent risk of possible exposure.