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Update: Zach Theatre cancels all 'A Christmas Carol' shows because of COVID-19

Eric Webb
Austin 360
Zach Theatre's "A Christmas Carol" reimagines the classic story with modern songs.

Update: On Tuesday, Austin's Zach Theatre canceled the rest of its planned "A Christmas Carol" performances for the season. "Regrettably, through rigorous testing protocols, multiple breakthrough cases of COVID-19 have been detected within the company of A Christmas Carol," according to a news release. "The safety of guests, cast and crew is Zach Theatre’s top priority, therefore all remaining performances of A Christmas Carol have been canceled effective immediately."

The show had been scheduled to go through Jan. 2, and they had hoped to resume performances Wednesday after first canceling performances for Christmas weekend.

All ticket holders will receive an email outlining their options, according to the release.  

Earlier: Austin's Zach Theatre canceled performances of "A Christmas Carol" through Sunday, the local arts company announced Wednesday, due to the coronavirus pandemic.

"Regrettably, through rigorous testing protocols, a breakthrough case of COVID-19 was detected within the company of 'A Christmas Carol' before the curtain of Tuesday night’s performance," according to a news release.

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As the omicron variant spreads through the country, the Austin area has seen COVID-19 hospitalization numbers plateau, but a more drastic rise in the transmission of the coronavirus. As of Wednesday, health officials were keeping the virus threat level at Stage 3 for Austin Public Health's risk-based guidelines for the most medically vulnerable in the community.

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Performances of Zach's reimagining of the Charles Dickens classic will resume on Wednesday. Ticketholders were notified of their options by the theater; call the box office (512-476-0594, ext. 1) or go to zachtheatre.org for more information.