Despite the pandemic, high school musicals continue with the show | Arts and theater
Restructuring of the live theater
But because of the pandemic, most school theater departments have had to switch from teaching set design to learning video and film production.
“It’s been a tough year and we’ve had to think outside the box, change the way we teach and restructure live theater for a different platform – primarily Zoom,” said Holly Walker, director of theater at West.
West’s play, “An Evening of Shakespeare,” produced in November, was filmed via Zoom and his musical “The Theory of Relativity,” which premiered in March, “felt more like a movie,” Walker said.
“So once again we had to switch platforms, which creates challenges because our scripts are written for the scene, not for Zoom or for the movie. Screenwriting has its own format and its platform is cinema, ”she said.
Over 200 West High students have signed up to perform, sing or work on crew jobs. Parents opened their homes for rehearsals.
Other schools have found similar community support.
Sun Prairie High School aired its production of “Smokey Joe’s Café” from April 23 to May 2. Earlier this year, the school created a “Voices of 2020” production of original monologues, written by students and still available on YouTube, as a stand-in for the school’s annual play.