"We wanted to continue love in our community, so we found a way to expand live events outdoors at Dr. Phillips Center. We created audience boxes, which were raised platforms that sat 4 to 5 people, they were able to enjoy the show together and order food from the vendors from a qr code located inside their box. We had temperature checks at entry and everyone stayed contained together in their audience boxes," said Terry.
When asked about what her team learned from the pandemic, Terry said, "We learned that we want to continue some of our virtual programing like the watch programs and extend the movie listing to theatre films around the world. We want to go back to our in-person dining experiences fully as the hybrid ones did not work out as well. We are excited to be able to include more people into our festivals by creating less space and more audience boxes for people to enjoy the outdoor space. In the end, we just want people to feel the love of the city."
As humans, we need human contact. There have been polls taken and approximately 90% of vaccinated people are feeling much more comfortable coming out of their house to enjoy being around others. The demand for live events and interaction is strong. All of Orange county's dining events are sold out. The future is bright. Terry said, "We just need to be wise. We need communal experience. As event planners and organizers, we need to be innovative, create something beautiful even with the restrictions you have."