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Remote AND/OR hybrid musical theater

  • 1.  Remote AND/OR hybrid musical theater

    Posted 6 days ago
    Hi, my name is Leah! I am a Drama and Theater major at Queens College in NYC. I am so excited to be a part of this community!

    I am the president of Musical Theater Group, a co-curricular club on campus dedicated to providing QC students with opportunities for engagement with musical theater. Due to the COVID pandemic, our college's facilities were locked down and what remained of our Spring semester and all Summer sessions were conducted remotely. The Department of Theater and Dance's season was cut short and productions ended in the middle of their previously scheduled runs. Now that the Spring semester is officially over and the regulations put into place in the wake of the pandemic are being lifted, my peers and I are anxiously waiting to hear if the upcoming Fall semester will be conducted remotely or be a hybrid of in-person and remote learning and what those two less-than-ideal scenarios mean for our club.

    Being that our school is in New York City, a city known for its theatrical productions, the membership of Musical Theater Group is acutely aware of how the pandemic has influenced what it means to perform a piece of theater. But the show must go on, and we want to plan our productions and programming for this upcoming semester. We want to do our utmost to continue staging musical theater productions, even if we may be unable to stage them on literal stages or in front of a live audience.

    Do any of you have advice for ways we can continue to accomplish our goals? Specifically regarding live-streaming, licensing, and which musicals are best suited for socially-distant performance?

    THANKS!

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    Leah Weintraub
    Flushing, NY
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