PRODUCING A SHOW DURING THE CURRENT ENVIRONMENT:
This show is extremely unique for Premier Performance. The show’s director, Keri Castro, has selected this show as her “Thesis Project” for her Master’s Degree in Theatre Directing. This show HAS to be produced in some capacity for her to complete her degree. Best case scenario, the actors will perform live for a socially-distanced, masked audience. Worst case scenario, the actors will perform in the venue alone and the performances will be broadcasted live to a virtual audience.
Rehearsals will be a mix of virtual and in-person sessions. Virtual rehearsals will be held via Zoom. The in-person sessions will be held in a large space that promotes social distancing (especially when the students are not onstage). The location for the in-person sessions is Duneland Community Church in Chesterton. For in-person rehearsals early in the process, we will encourage students to wear masks onstage and (especially) offstage. As we get closer to performance, it will not be possible to mandate masks when students are onstage since there is heavy singing and dancing in this show (but we will encourage the use of masks once students go offstage). Students will not be able to wear masks onstage during dress rehearsals and performances but we will try to create as much space backstage to encourage social distancing.
One amazing thing to note is that a professor from Roosevelt University in Chicago will be in the audience for one of the performances. This is a wonderful opportunity for your actor to be seen by a working, theatre professional. This connection could potentially lead to advantages and/or opportunities in the future should your actor choose to pursue theatre at the next level.