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Hitting the Stage During a Pandemic

The drama club starting again amidst COVID-19

Ruby McMahon

Before COVID-19, the ELHS auditorium was filled with colorful costumes, sets, and excited actors eager to perform. Now, months into struggling with the pandemic, the theater is dark and empty with little left
but confusion. A major question for students is whether or not the stage can be filled again,
and if so, how it can be accomplished safely. “We don’t know all the details yet, but the plan is to practice over Zoom, wear masks, and social distance. We care too much about the play to do something to mess it up,” said junior Imahni Ward.
The number one goal this year is to slow the spread of COVID-19. This year, the Drama Club is putting on a show of 16 cast members called “Peter and the Starcatcher,” with showtimes on Dec. 18, 19, and 20. By limiting the number of people rehearsing together to four and performing the show over video, the
Drama Club is being the safest it can after the thought that running the program would
be impossible.
“Coming into this year, I was almost certain that Drama Club wouldn’t be running, because you can’t have people in the auditorium watching the show, and you really can’t have a cast altogether. As we have gone through the audition process and the director laying out certain safety precautions: rehearsals over Zoom, rehearsing in small groups, and recording the show, I feel confident that we will be able to do it safely,”
said senior Robbie Bevacqua.
For many people, quarantine and isolation from people has been very limiting and stressful. In order to feel the best mentally, scientists recommend staying as active as possible in the activities
you enjoy.
“Going into this process, my goal is to get everybody out of their comfort zone and do something that they didn’t think they could do before,” said
production director Sara Kelly.

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