I think it could definitely work.
What if all the kids had their lines memorized, created their own costumes, and performed on zoom together? Other people (parents, friends) could log into the zoom performance to watch.I've had my plays performed as staged readings from people in multiple parts of the country as a podcast as well. It's almost like an audio recording of a play performance, which can be fun too.If your show is a series of monologues (like my play The Monologue Show from Hell - cough cough) each kid could record themselves doing the monologue, you could then stitch them together and upload the performance to Youtube to be watched. (You could have other classes leave comments on the performance to show that they watched it) - I think this would require a special arrangement with the publisher, depending on the show, but I'm certainly okay with it.
I am doing a play completely online but I got really lucky! We had just started rehearsals in class for' The Internet is a Distract.....Oh Look, A Kitten'. This play just happens to be about a girl on her computer and all of the websites that distract her. It works so well because each character is isolated in their own screen.
I emailed Playscripts and they contacted the author, Ian McWethy. They have given me permission to record the play and eventually live stream it. They actually have been really supportive, they want to hear all about it and stay in touch through the process.
We are at the beginning but right now the kids are working on character descriptions and sending me costume ideas. Eventually they will each record themselves and I'll have to edit it all together. I'm not looking forward to that part. If I couldn't do the play I think I would do monologues or definitely use zoom. Maybe have the kids each research a play or musical and share it online?
I love hearing everyone's idea! Stay Healthy friends!
That's a great idea. In fact, one of the four plays my different classes are working on is Action News which involves different new segments--also from playscripts. I may see if we can transfer several of my licenses over to that and try something similar--if our media guy can help me figure out the best way to link all the scenes together. Thanks so much.
This might be way too labor-intensive, but if you had some students--even in another program (which could be a cool collab)--who were good at editing, you could have students each record their scenes (maybe having the other person's lines piped in or read from off-camera like they were doing a self-tape) and then edit it together. It would be more of a film, and backgrounds might be a bit of a mishmash, but it could be something. Obviously, for less work, a reading on Zoom could work. I do understand, however, that not every student has the technology at home to carry this off.I've heard that sometimes--and it probably depends on your connectivity--picture/sound quality can be an issue on Zoom, but it can be improved if people who aren't in any given scene turn off their video (and obviously mute their mics).Personally, I'd be OK with anyone trying that with my work, and on the YouthPLAYS side, we'd be happy to work with people to figure something out as well.Cheers,Jonathan
You girls and guys may or may not be aware of a project started by Rob Myles - the project's goal is to read all of Shakespeare's plays in the order they were written. It is called The Show Must Go Online.
They have already read The Two Gentleman of Verona. The Taming of the Shrew will be up next.
You can watch the first one with an introduction by Ben Crystal here: https://youtu.be/KOAHj4ANGKw