Overall, the performance went very well, and we only had slight glitches and matings occur, but everyone rolled with everything. And, although we couldn’t experience the audience, we had a live chat going so we could see the audience's responses and reactions!
With long rehearsals from January 2020 to March of 2020, my cast and I had almost made it to our actual in-person performance of “The Wolves,” but we were shut down due to COVID-19, just a week before opening to the public.
After our last rehearsal, we all had thought that might have been the last time we would have performed the show.
Little did we know, that 5 months later, we had the opportunity to perform the show virtually through zoom, in the comfort of our own homes! Our friends and families were able to experience the show, finally, and we got to showcase the wonderful directing by our director, as well as the wonderful words of Sarah DeLappe.
Starting out in quarantine, I wasn’t a big fan of doing shows through zoom. The whole experience of going to a theatre with your friends and family, being entranced by the extravagant environment in person, and being one with the audience around you, is an experience that cannot be topped by virtual spaces.
But, with the new normal emerging from the pandemic, I had an acceptance that theatre may not be up and running for a while. So I chose to embrace all forms of performance virtually, and tried it out!
We were able to have two, four-hour rehearsals to “re-block” the show, and it wasn’t as difficult or confusing as I had anticipated! It was actually quite fun to get back together with my cast and crew and to relive the show again.
Two hours before the actual show began, I had created a spot in my room to prop up my laptop on a bunch of boxes, so I could stand and move. I also had to experiment with certain lighting and making sure they were in the right places. And since it was mainly a reading performance, I placed my script so I could easily see it throughout the performance.
Overall, the performance went very well, and we only had slight glitches and matings occur, but everyone rolled with everything. And, although we couldn’t experience the audience, we had a live chat going so we could see the audiences responses and reactions!
I don’t think this will be my last zoom performance, based on the new normal that is being created, so I am glad I had the option to experience it with a comfortable group and environment! If you have the option to be in a zoom performance or watch it as an audience member, I highly recommend! It is not as intimidating as it may seem…
Have a great day!