A Night at the Opera – Porgy and Bess in Digital Stream

Event Start Date:
October 23, 2020
Event End Date:
October 23, 2020
Event Venue:
The Woodland West Side

This Fall Maplewood Division of Arts & Culture will present three of Classics of the operatic repertoire FREE to our residents. Opera lovers, who are missing live performances for the 20/21 season, may enjoy specially-curated digital-stream performances free with advanced registration, at The Woodland West Side Yard.

October 23rd, 7:00PM Porgy and Bess

Set in 1920s South Carolina, The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess is a thought provoking, gritty and spirited ‘folk opera’.

When Bess is abandoned by her lover, the only person who shows her kindness is the crippled beggar Porgy. They commit to a new life together, but the destructive forces of her violent ex-lover Crown and her drug dealer Sportin’ Life work against Bess to pull the pair apart.

Composer George Gershwin, who also composed Rhapsody in Blue and An American in Paris, infuses a wonderful operatic score with jazz, gospel and blues influence, lush orchestral underscoring and big spiritual chorus numbers. The opera also contains many songs which have become popular jazz and blues covers, including the well-known ‘Summertime’, ‘A Woman Is a Sometime Thing’, ‘I Got Plenty O Nuttin’ and ‘I loves you, Porgy’.

Outdoor Location: West side yard at The Woodland, 60 Woodland Road
Weather Location: The Woodland Great Hall
Admission: Free with advanced registration through Rec Desk https://maplewood.recdesk.com/Community/Program (Under General)
Registration Questions: 973-763-4202
Time: 7:00pm (Each opera to run approximately 3 hours)

This event while free, will be exclusively through advanced registration. All seating will be through assigned tables by household. Cocktail tables will seat up to 4 members from a household. Physical distancing measures and Social Distancing Ushers will be in place to maintain safety measures as set forth from the Maplewood Health Division and will be updated as necessary as the situation evolves. Attendees may bring their own beverage and snacks for their table/household – no sharing between tables for safety measures.

For more information please visit http://www.maplewoodartsandculture.org/ or email dac@twp.maplewood.nj.us

COVID19 Guidelines

The Township of Maplewood understands that these changes and new rules may be difficult at first, however they are intended to mitigate contact between people in township-owned buildings to lower the spread of Covid-19. The Township of Maplewood cannot guarantee that individuals will not be exposed to COVID-19 while in township buildings, however, if we work together, we can offer performances, classes and events that are as safe as possible, and socially distanced.

  • Doors on both sides of the venue will be open for better ventilation, please make sure you were layers and weather appropriate clothes.
  • All patrons and guests over the age of 2 must wear masks for the entire time that they are in the WOODLAND, including during the performance, class or event unless it is not medically feasible to do so.  The mask must cover the mouth and nose. Patrons, participants and guests refusing to wear a mask will not be permitted to attend the performance, class or event and will not be eligible to receive a refund or exchange of ticket(s).
  • Mask can be removed while sitting on your chair/table.
  • Please do not attend a performance, class or event if you are an "at-risk" individual:

·         exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms, or

·         have been in contact with someone with symptoms within the past 14 days, or

·         traveled from an area with a travel advisory due to high COVID transmission rates

  • If you choose to attend a performance, class or event, then you are assuming all risks related to being exposed to COVID-19, and Woodland Management and The Township of Maplewood will not be held responsible.
  •   All patrons must have their tickets printed or available on their phone.
  •   All patrons, participants and guests must use the sanitizing station at the Woodland door entrance before they enter the room.
  •  All patrons will be escorted to their seats and will be encouraged to stay in their designated areas with the exception of departing the building or using the bathroom.
  •  Individuals and households who purchase or reserve tickets together may be seated together, however they must maintain six feet distance from all other groups or individuals in all directions.
  • All patrons must adhere to social distancing while attending a performance, class or event. Floor decals will indicate where you can stand. Patrons not adhering to the social distancing guidelines will not be permitted to attend the performance, class or event and may be asked to leave the venue.
  •  All patrons, participants and guests must adhere to directions given by Woodland management and Maplewood Township Staff while inside the venue or on the grounds of The Woodland.
  • Most events will be limited to a maximum of 90 minutes without intermission or opportunity to mingle for performance events.
  • Food and beverage will only be permitted while sitting down on assigned seats/tables.
  • All guidelines and rules are subject to change, and new rules may be added as instructed by guidelines and directives from the Maplewood Health Division as well as the Governor of New Jersey.

Seating and Emergency Exits

o   As of 4/3/21 the State of New Jersey is allowing performing arts venues to have a 35% capacity or 150, whichever is the lesser. With a total capacity of 352, the Great Hall can seat 125 people.

o   The Township of Maplewood must provide accessible seating within the reduced capacity limitation. At a minimum we will provide 4 accessible seating areas that are wheelchair assessible as well as an additional entrance access for ADA compliance.