Citing new COVID-19 restrictions, Aurora Fox cancels winter performance

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AURORA | Sorry, theater geeks.

One of the last vestiges of live theater in the country evaporated Thursday when the Aurora Fox Arts Center announced it is cancelling its upcoming performance of Langston Hughes’ “Black Nativity” in accordance with newly tightened COVID-19 restrictions.

“We are disappointed that we won’t be able to tell this beautiful story with these amazing performers this holiday season, but for the safety and well-being of our brilliant artists, our incredible staff and our beloved community members, we know this is the right thing to do,” Fox staffers wrote in a Facebook post.

The decision came after the state announced all three of Aurora’s counties will move to enhanced restrictions that greatly reduce capacity at most indoor venues for the next month.

The theater will still stream musical numbers from the show via concerts streamed in the coming weeks. Those who had pre-purchased tickets to the recently nixed production will be able to move their reservation to another show later in the theater’s season, which is still expected to continue in the spring.

As stages across the country have remained largely dark for the past eight months, the East Colfax theater was one of the few that continued hosting patrons through the pandemic. The Fox successfully staged a socially distanced run of “Tomfoolery” earlier this fall.

The Vintage Theatre, located just a few blocks south of The Fox, announced it was pausing its rejiggered season early last month. The Vintage staged one weekend of its fall show “Murderers” before pulling the plug, citing ballooning case numbers and a heightened positivity rate in the region.

The state’s largest theater company, the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, cancelled its entire 2020 to 2021 season in late May. Broadway stages in New York are expected to remain dormant until at least June of next year.