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Dolls that look like stars will serve as seat fillers at Boca Raton theater

Wick Theatre demonstrates plan to open
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Posted at 5:01 PM, May 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-13 17:45:41-04

BOCA RATON, Fla. — With the loss of the last half of the Wick Theatre's 2020 season, the venue finds itself in $2 million in debt.

"I in no way will be giving this theater up," said Marilynn Wick, founder and CEO of the Wick Theatre and Costume Museum.

Instead, she is forging ahead with plans for when she's allowed to reopen and start performing shows but in a post-coronavirus world.

In an interview with WPTV NewsChannel 5, Wick was adamant that the theatre would be following guidelines set by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and Boca Raton Mayor Scott Singer.

Full Interview with Marilynn Wick and WPTV's T.A. Walker

Dining with the Stars

The on-site restaurant, The Tavern at the Wick, will host nightly cabaret-style entertainment. But restaurant-goers will notice high-profile "guests" sitting next to them.

The tables that aren't six-feet apart will be filled with mannequin-style dolls created by the theater. Designers are creating dolls to look like famous singers like Elton John, Michael Jackson, Sonny and Cher, Willie Nelson, Jack Benny, Barbara Streisand, and more.

"I did see Elvis Presley yesterday; he looked fabulous. When they brought Judy Garland in I can't tell you how fabulous she looked," giggled Wick.

The Show Must Go On
When the shows are allowed to resume in the Wick's main auditorium, only 100 seats of the 341 will be available for purchase. The staff has created clusters of two to four seats together separated by yellow caution tape.

The clusters can be changed per show to accommodate more or fewer people in a particular group.

Other Preparations

  • The theatre's staff have already completed a health safety program
  • Ticket holders will be sent a video explaining how the new procedures will work before they arrive at the venue
  • Guest will have their temperature checked before entering the venue
  • The entire establishment has had a deep cleaning
  • Employees will be wearing masks and gloves
  • There will be zoned times for arrival to the theatre
  • Masks have been mailed out to the theatre's regular guests

The Costume Museum has plans to reopen at 25% capacity occupancy at a date to be announced soon.