With the Theatre closed amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, our Performing Arts teams had to rethink the way they would teach, rehearse and deliver a production this year.
Our original plans were postponed but as they say, the Show Must Go On…line! The performance was taken off the stage and into student’s homes with the brand new and quirky online musical, specially written by Beat by Beat Press during the pandemic and closures of schools and venues.
The Show Must Go Online is the first of its kind – a musical to be rehearsed, remotely, performed virtually and shared with audiences online.
The storyline includes a series of solo monologues and songs that, when recorded and played in sequence, present a musical theatre experience online.
It is a bit like life imitating art, with the plot centred around a group of students who are desperately trying to save their annual production and their Drama Department by turning their show “Brushes with Greatness: A Dental Hygiene Musical”, into a virtual production.
Director Mrs Alison Hignett said it was a short, quirky and fun musical for students to show off their skills in a modern format.
“Students from Years 6-8 from both campuses had to send in audition tapes and once the cast was announced they then film rehearsal pieces that they send in for feedback, which are refined until they get the final take,” Mrs Hignett said.
“Each piece is then edited together into the show, which runs for about 35-40 minutes, which will be available to our community.”
Mrs Hignett said while the method of delivery was a bit untraditional, students would still be able to master all of their skills and play more of a directorial role in their own section.
“While students will be given specific direction and constructive feedback there will be a large amount of creative choices that rest with the student from their costume, filming location in their home, props and scenery to lighting.”
Filming for The Show Must Go Online is anticipated to wrap at the end of Term 2 with an early Term 3 release so keep your eyes peeled on our online channels for any sneak peeks and more information.