The challenges this year are enormous. However, I have chosen to look at many of them as opportunities. Acting with a mask on requires that we focus on projecting and enunciating. A mask covering facial features and reactions means we spend time on physicality. A student isn't feeling well and stays home? They join rehearsal on an iPad.
Regarding the challenges of making kids wear masks all the time: I treat it just like any other rules. If a student had to be reminded not to be talking while action was happening on the stage, I would remove them from the production. The same holds true for masks. I don't tolerate students who cannot follow our rehearsal expectations in a normal year, so that expectation hasn't changed. I set them clearly from the start of rehearsal and it quickly becomes the norm. I've been in rehearsals for 3 weeks and I no longer have to remind anyone that masks are required.
Adjustments are being made, but my students are enjoying the opportunity to continue doing theatre when so many others are not.