NTPA’s safety protocol builds upon the requirements recommended by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Texas Governor’s Strike Force, and expands beyond them to provide a comprehensive and careful standard of care.
In order to maximize the safety of NTPA students, parents, patrons and staff, the North Texas Performing Arts created its Reopening Task force of over thirty professionals including four doctors, legal counsel, board members and others. The Task Force defined the procedures and protocols outlined in this document to ensure that NTPA Productions are opened in a safe and deliberate manner that best protects the health of its students and patrons.
This team and others that will follow have been working with us to come up with best plan to allow our get our students, families, patrons, actors and staff come back to our theatres with these objectives:
- To create and execute a plan that provides for the best possible safety of our Students, Patrons and Staff.
- To effectively and safely open the theatres on the dates approved by the Governing Board of Directors.
- To ensure the cleanliness and readiness of the facilities to support all necessary operations.
- To provide a safe, efficient and thoughtful admittance, performance/rehearsal, and exit process for students, patrons and staff.
In addition to the safety protocols outlined below, NTPA Staff have been trained upon and will enforce a detailed “Staff Safety Protocol” and “NTPA Facilities Protocol” also approved by the NTPA Task Force outlining their obligations and responsibilities. A copy of the full detailed staff guidance may be made available to Parents or Guardians upon request.
Mask Safety Video Series
NTPA Reopening Task Force Member, Dr. Jenny Duewall, explains why wearing a mask is important, how to talk to children about wearing a mask, and proper methods for putting on and taking off a mask.
NTPA Safety Protocol
- Consistent with CDC guidance, masks shall be required for all persons age 3+ (including parents, volunteers and patrons and other visitors) at all times while on NTPA premises or at an NTPA activity in a non-NTPA facility, except for the conditions outlined below. Masks must be those as approved for Covid-19 safety protection by the CDC and worn properly, fully covering nose and mouth. “Mesh,” “gaiter,” and vented masks are not considered adequate protection by the CDC and do not fulfill our masking requirement.
- Online participation will be available via Zoom for any class or rehearsal on an as needed basis. If a student is sick, has a possible Covid exposure, or feels unsafe attending in-person, they may contact their director and show manager to arrange online participation.
- All major productions are “Mask Optional On Stage.” Students may take their mask off ONLY while performing on stage during actual performances and for one rehearsal per role (on night/off night) during tech week. Masks may be taken off for curtain speeches.
- Actors may continue to wear a mask in any production and shall face no discrimination, sanctions or efforts to persuade otherwise.
- During live auditions and callbacks actors may remove their mask during their performance only.
- Actors MAY remove their masks momentarily to take pictures, provided they do not violate the “close contact” rule of “within 6 feet for 15 minutes.”
- On stage kisses will be allowed for students age 12+ with the unanimous consent of parents for all actors including doubles. Parental consent will be collected via a private form.
- During private lessons the student and/or instructor may remove their mask for no more than 15 minutes in order to demonstrate and evaluate proper technique.
- Patrons MAY remove their masks momentarily to consume concessions, provided they do not violate the “close contact” rule of “within 6 feet for 15 minutes.” Patrons must regard all signage at venues regarding appropriate areas to consume concessions, and food is not currently allowed in any NTPA theatre.
- Participants at NTPA events serving meals (e.g. AMP awards) may remove their masks while seated at their table.
- NTPA’s Celebration of Champions gala, as an adult only event, will be mask optional. Masks are recommended for all guests when not seated at their table.
- All participants and patrons must follow the NTPA Covid Notification Protocol and alert NTPA of possible Covid-19 exposure.