While the Herberger Theater Center has been closed because of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is finding creative ways to keep audiences entertained.

The theater at 222 E. Monroe St. did not have a specific date set for reopening to the full public for performances but it has posted videos for its Lunch Time Theater supporters. In one recent video, Karen Burns, a professional actor, dancer and writer, who also teaches musical theater, voice and acting, talks about her background. Burns, a former Radio City Rockette, had been scheduled to perform a show, “An Otherwise Magical Life,” with stories about her personal and professional life prior to the pandemic, as part of the Herberger’s Lunch Time Theater.

On her Facebook page, Burns shared fun facts including that she previously dated an actor portraying a “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle” – Michelangelo.

While the Herberger waits for it to be safe to reopen to the public, it could use support to stay afloat. You can be a “Ghost Light” donor by making a financial contribution to the theater. The new Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act allows taxpayers to make charitable deductions of up to $300. A tradition in the theater is to have a light, called the ghost light, that is left on, at the end of each performance, on stage. To make a donation to the theater, visit herbergertheater.org.



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