The theatre department continues to adapt and innovate with its latest production — the online upper school musical, "Zombie Prom: Atomic Edition!"
Among the challenges in producing theatre during the pandemic are how and where to rehearse, how to reach an audience without live performances in the Raymond B. White Auditorium, and how to use new technologies and production techniques to showcase the talents of actors, choreographers, stage crew, costume and set designers.
Director of Theatre Bob Kohler and Director of Middle & Upper School Music Dr. Josh Markley learned new techniques over the summer, when they produced Barstow's first zoomsical, "The Big One Oh!" It featured students from lower, middle and upper school performing using green screens to perform together from home.
Beginning with in-person and at-home virtual auditions, the upper school students had to quickly become comfortable with rehearsing and collaborating in a hybrid environment. During rehearsals, they practice social distancing while practicing scenes, they connect with other actors via Zoom and they rehearse big dance numbers in the varsity gym or campus parking lots on weekends.
Once the scenes are recorded, the show will be edited together and available for streaming by Friday, Oct. 30 — just in time for Halloween weekend. This "girl-loves-ghoul" musical is set in the atomic 1950s at Enrico Fermi High, where the law is laid down by a zany, tyrannical principal. A tuneful selection of original songs in the style of '50s hits keeps the action rocking across the stage. Tickets and links will be available soon through ShowTix4U.