South Coast High School Drama Program Trying Unique Approach To COVID-19 Shutdowns; Online Shows
Rehearsal is underway for the latest productions by a South Coast high school’s drama company. But, there are no sets, no costumes, and when the three works premiere this weekend, there will be no live audiences. The Dos Pueblos Theater Company is presenting its works online, in something called "DIGITAL AGE STAGE,"
Clark Sayre is Director of the theater program at Dos Pueblos High School. He says they realized that trying to do traditional shows without the sets and costumes online wouldn’t work. So, they’ve tried to take advantage of the possibilities of doing shows with Zoom.
Matthew Kleeburg is a Dos Pueblos High School senior who’s one of the actors in the theater program. He says it's not what they expected for this school year, but they are making the best of it.
This weekend, the Dos Pueblos Company is presenting an evening of entertainment. "DIGITAL AGE STAGE" features a trio of productions. Director Clark Sayre says there will be two live shows, and a musical which had to be recorded to synchronize the vocals.
Dos Pueblos drama student Lexi Brent says rehearsing, and performing on Zoom can be a challenge. She says in one scene, in which she is supposted to argue with another cast member, her mother later ask her if she was okay.
You can find a link with ticket information here. Those involved with this project say it’s by no means a substitute for live theater, but feel like it’s a creative way of doing the best they can with the situation during the COVID-19 era.