One of the highlights of the Pearl Theater’s holiday season for the past several years has been the annual concert around Thanksgiving time by Katelyn and Laurie Shook of Sandpoint, the Shook Twins.
But this holiday season, due to COVID-19, the Pearl will be dark, shuttered since March. It will remain closed at least until the New Year.
The Shook Twins, too, have been kept off stage by the pandemic, but as always, they are home in Sandpoint for the holidays. They were excited to be working and rehearsing a planned performance before a limited audience at the Panida Theater November 19, but on November 13, Idaho Governor Brad Little elevated the Idaho Rebounds restrictions back to stage two, putting an end to those hopes.
But Katelyn and Laurie are not to be denied.
“Once again we have to adjust our plans due to this pandemic,” they posted after the governor’s announcement, which prohibits gatherings of 10 or more people. “With this spike in cases locally, we have to agree that for safety of our generous audience and our band and crew, some traveling from Oregon and Montana, we must cancel this live performance on November 19.”
The Shook Twins and Friends “Giving Thanks” benefit featuring John Craigie will instead be live streamed from their home to fans worldwide Saturday, November 28 at 6 p.m. via their Facebook page for donations, a portion of which will be donated to their hometown venue, the Panida Theater.
“We miss the thrill of the stage and reciprocal energy between us,” they posted last week. “All we want is the opportunity to do this again with you. We feel the need to be responsible and respect the well being of this community. We hope you understand and know there will be no fear of COVID when you tune in to our live stream … We care so much about you and the Panida Theater.”
The Pearl Theater is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization founded in 2012 with the goal of providing quality performing arts in an intimate historic downtown Bonners Ferry theater. To learn more, visit www.thepearltheater.org.