Vernonites can fill the seats at this live performance venue, sort of.
Borrowing a page from the sports world, the Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre (VDPAC) is inviting residents and businesses to take a seat with its Audience Cut-Outs promotion.
“I’m a huge baseball fan,” VDPAC’s executive director Jim Harding said. “I saw what the Blue Jays and other pro sports teams did last summer and thought: why couldn’t we do that?”
Centre staff looked at the idea last fall but the promotion was put on hold as COVID-19 regulations continued to change rapidly.
Harding said the with the province’s four-step Restart Plan, full stage shows and concerts could return by late-fall, so it was the right time to revisit this idea. At least until full-capacity shows can make a comeback.
Now, patrons of VDPAC can get their life-size, full-colour photo — from the waist up — printed on a coroplast cutout seated right in the theatre.
Sponsors can also have their logo added as another visual show of community support.
These cutouts also have a practical function, VDPAC said. As venues remain at half-capacity, cutouts will be used to keep the real audience members appropriately socially distanced.
“We took a photo from our stage of our sample cut-outs seated in the house, “ says Harding. “They look real, so for performers, with a successful campaign, artists won’t have to face a half-empty house when they perform, which is also a great show of support for them as well.”
For more information and to order, patrons and sponsors can head to ticketseller.ca and click on “join our crowd.”