The Rochester Civic Theatre announced plans Wednesday to resume in-person shows with Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet" beginning July 23.

The production will run through Aug. 2 and is the first live theater announced since theaters and other public spaces were ordered closed in March due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Theaters were given the OK by state health officials on June 10 to open at 25 percent capacity for up to 250 people.

The Civic will offer physically distanced seating in the theater and live streaming of the performances.

People who have already purchased tickets for the show can contact the box office to reschedule.

The show announcement accompanied a notice that Misha Johnson is the interim managing director of the Civic Theatre and that there has been a major turnover in the company’s board of directors.

Emily Watkins, editor of Rochester Women Magazine, has been appointed board president. She’ll lead a board that includes newly appointed members Melissa Adams-Goihl, Missy Hagen and Larry Sinak. Chad Campbell, Ginger Carson and Debi Neville remain on the board.

These changes follow scrutiny from a city oversight committee of the theater’s finances and maintenance of the theater space following the resignation of Kevin Miller, the Civic Theatre’s executive director, in January.

Tickets and a performance schedule can be found at To reschedule tickets, call Civic Theatre’s box office at: 282-8481.

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