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Adultery and betrayal: A classic tale comes to a historic theatre

Scarlett letter Monticello opera house
Patrick Sternad
WFSU Public Media
Actor Jordan Marcum poses on stage at the Monticello Opera House and goes over her blocking in preparation for the opening of The Scarlet Letter this upcoming weekend.

Live stage performances have been few and far between since the pandemic arrived. But the Monticello Opera House is staging a classic play later this month with plenty of audience safeguards in place.

Seasoned director, Jeff Mandel, said the production—the stage adaptation of Nathaniel Hawthorne's "The Scarlett Letter"—will feature some of the area's top performers.

"We're thrilled to have an excellent cast doing this, some of whom you've seen before in productions of mine or elsewhere around town."

And for those concerned about COVID-19, Mandel said the large auditorium and other precautions will provide reassurance.

"The play opens on Friday night, January 21st, plays that weekend and the next. The Friday and Saturday shows are at 8 p.m. The lobby and bar open at 7 p.m."

As for the performance space, the Monticello Opera House, built in 1890, is widely considered as having the best acoustics in North Florida.