While COVID-19 has affected many -- if not most -- industries, the arts and entertainment have perhaps been hit the hardest.

In an industry where an audience is essential for business -- especially in large numbers -- many theaters and venues around Minnesota and across the country have been forced to adapt or shut down entirely. The Chanhassen Dinner Theatre is one of those that has chosen to adapt -- working within the guidelines and restrictions laid out by the CDC and the State of Minnesota. While the current run of Meredith Willson's The Music Man may be on hold due to COVID-19, Chanhassen Dinner Theatres did reveal Monday its much-anticipated lineup of holiday concerts. They are:

November 27-29 -- A Three Tenors Christmas
December 2-6 -- Rock & Roll Xmas Spectacular 
December 9-16 -- Rock & Roll Xmas Spectacular
December 15 -- Christmas...With a Whole Lot of Soul
December 16-18 -- A Kat Perkins Christmas -- Christmas Unwrapped
December 19-21 -- Celtic Holiday Hooley
December 22-23 -- Christmas from the Heart
December 26-31 -- An Andy & Bing Christmas

Dinner-and-a-show options are still available; shows can be found and tickets purchased here. According to an update at the Chanhassen Dinner Theatres website, active steps towards a safe environment include:

-Training all employees on COVID-19 safety procedures.
-Taking employee temperatures and screening health at the beginning of every shift.
-Employees will wear masks at all times.
-Employees will sanitize and/or wear gloves during customer interactions & food handling.
-Designated staff members to clear dishes and sanitize tables and restrooms.
-Complete disinfection of theatre between performances.
-Upgraded air filtration.
-Disposable menus.
-Hand sanitizer available for guests.

You can find the full list of COVID-19 protocols here.

Due to COVID-19, on-stage productions have been suspended, though The Music Man is set to re-open early 2021 with Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella expected to follow.

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