Health & Safety

In order to maintain the safety of our patrons, volunteers and staff, Waco Civic Theatre has adopted the strategies below, as outlined by governor's strike force to Open Texas. Theatre goers are urged to monitor their own health, and agree to provide for the safety of others by adhering to the guidelines below. WCT staff, volunteers and performers will abide by the same guidelines. WCT may put additional measures in place as conditions change. Unfortunately, some performances may be delayed, postponed, or cancelled if necessary.

COVID-19 Symptoms

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Diarrhea

Here are sources we consulted in the drafting of our protocols:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Research has shown that Covid-19 viruses can be spread through closed-system air handling, and the addition of fresh air into the system will reduced the potential recycling of such elements of infection. Additionally, a powerful tool against viral contamination is a CDC-approved system of UV light and advanced filtration that removes nearly every microbe in the system. These two tools, if employed at Waco Civic Theatre, will significantly and permanently provide a safer, healthier environment for all who enter the building.

Should you wish to contribute to our program of improving these elements of the WCT experience, please donate here:  We thank  you for considering a contribution to allow us (and our patrons) to thrive. 

March 17, 2020
Dear Friends,

We are aware that this week many organizations announced closings due to concerns about COVID-19. In all we do, the safety and well-being of our community is our utmost concern.

Waco Civic Theatre is staying current on CDC and Texas Human Health Services information. We are also following other arts and culture organizations as they deal with the situation; we will continue to assess the continuing developments. Here are links to sites we have consulted: and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Currently all performances and rehearsals are taking place as scheduled. We are aware that some schools and theaters are closing and/or moving to online classes, based on what’s happening on their campuses and in their cities. WCT has also considered these options and will implement them if necessary.
Like all public institutions, we are sanitizing with extra care in public areas. We have ample supplies of soap and paper towels. We have sanitizer in our lobby and dressing rooms, although hand-washing is the best-recommended practice.

Our longstanding policy, especially applicable today, is

  •     Staff, volunteers, and students should wash hands frequently.
  •     Anyone who is unwell is instructed to stay home.

Together, we will address the situation and your understanding will help us make it through this extraordinary time.

Updates will be posted for WCT on our Facebook page and at

Thank you for your care and concern,Eric Shephard
Executive Director



Accountability and Safety

Waco Civic Theatre is committed to creating a safe, rewarding environment for all our participants in every aspect of our work.  Part of that commitment is our adoption of the two-adult rule. The two-adult rule states that there must always be two adults present when working with young actors. 

Another part of our commitment is the protection of all concerned parties in scenes of intimacy.  Accordingly, we have adopted the 5 C's, or the Five Pillars of Intimacy, in rehearsal and performance: Context, Communication, Consent, Choreography, and Closure. For more information on the Five Pillars, read here:


For more about our commitment to accountability: