The final two presentations of the musical “A Merry Little Christmas Carol” at the Wells Theater in downtown Norfolk were canceled this week due to COVID-19, with one performance being called off just moments before the curtain was supposed to go up.
Donna Bozza said she and her daughter had just sat with a cocktail when a member of the theater’s staff informed the audience the show had been canceled due to a member of the production testing positive for COVID-19. The staff member didn’t specify whether it was a cast or crew member.
Bozza said she and her daughter spent an hour and a half and about $20 in tolls driving from their home in Eastville. It’s become a Christmas tradition for the two to travel to Norfolk for the theater’s annual holiday production, she said.
“It would have been nice to know before we left, but I guess it was a last-minute thing,” Bozza said.
A representative for the Virginia Stage Company couldn’t be reached for comment Friday. A notice on the theater company’s website said the remaining performances of the show — scheduled from Dec. 1 to Dec. 24 — were canceled “due to a Covid related incident” and that ticket holders would be contacted next week.
Bozza said they were told they would either get a refund or credit to attend another show.
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