Dramatic Changes to our Drama Department

BY KAYLA ROSS

As with every program this year, the Off Broad Street Players face a new frontier this performance season. 

Despite the pandemic, the program will still be performing two shows this fall. Brianne Pernod and Lindsey Patterson will be directing the family show: The Rainbow Fish. 

“For casting, we had them read the children’s books instead of acting with each other, so that way they could still show us their ability and their vocal inflection without having to come in contact with another person,” said Pernod. “Because of social distancing, we’re looking for creative ways around blocking.” 

Cast members of The Rainbow Fish work on sewing costumes in the theater arts room during rehearsals. Many costumes will be handmade this year. Photo by Kayla Ross

Blocking is the way a stage is set up with set pieces and memorized movements from the actors. Currently, because of Governor Mike DeWine’s orders, the live audience will be limited to 15% of the Performing Arts Center’s capacity. In order to allow a greater number of people to watch the show, the drama department will find a virtual option for the community to be able to see the show. 

“I think it’ll be neat in that it[an online experience] will allow us to reach a larger audience.” said Pernod. “If nothing else, maybe we get to be Friday night family movie night and allow people to see the show that might not have seen it otherwise.” 

The other show being performed this fall is Monty Python’s Spamalot: A Socially Distant Concert-ish Version.  Rather than performing a typical show, this show has been written to allow for social distancing on stage. 

“I think it’s good we can at least do something during all of this.” said senior Mason Currens, who was cast as King Arthur. “I think it’s exciting that even through all of the restrictions, people can still watch it off of their computer. Taking on a role during COVID will definitely help me grow [as an actor]. It’s a whole new challenge.”

The Rainbow Fish will be on October 29th-31st. Monty Python’s Spamalot: A Socially Distant Concert-ish Version will be on December 3rd-5th. 

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