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City Theater prepares for two virtual spring productions

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The City College theatre department has faced setbacks and cancelations over the past 11 months due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Final performances of “Mr. Burns, a Post-Electric Play” in March 2020 were canceled during the show’s run as campus closures went into effect.

But theatre advisers and performers chose to persist in the face of such adversity. According to City Theatre’s Facebook page, the department virtually performed works by other playwrights in the fall 2020 semester and are now preparing for the spring semester.

As the fall 2020 semester came to a close, people in the theatre department began gathering cameras and microphones to take home. They needed such equipment to produce virtual performances, according to Theatre Department Chair Luther Hanson.

The department also worked with staff from the City College film department to put on several virtual performances, including “Zoom for the Holidays,” which featured holiday-themed vignettes.

“We are rehearsing and will be performing on Zoom [again],” said Hanson, who directed the holiday production in December. “We think we are making the most of it and providing new and different entertainment.”

City Theatre will present two new productions: “She Kills Monsters” Feb. 25–March 7 and “10 Ways to Survive Life In a Quarantine: A Stay-At-Home Play” April 29–May 9. Tickets for these performances will be available Feb. 8 on the City Theatre website, according to theatre professor Lori Ann DeLappe-Grondin.

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“She Kills Monsters,” written by Qui Nguyen, is about a young woman trying to learn more about her sister, according to City College theatre professor Kim McCann Lawson.

“I’d really like to put on a good show. I take great pride in my work and am thrilled to be working with my cast for ‘She Kills Monsters,’” said Grondin. “I’d also like to play Dungeons and Dragons at least once during the course of the show—hint!”

Theatre Professor Peter Mohrmann will direct “10 Ways to Survive Life In a Quarantine: A Stay-At-Home Play” written by Don Zolidis.

“[Zolidis’ play] is a collection of monologues addressing life during the quarantine,” said Lawson.

According to Lawson, the audition process for remote performances is nearly the same as in pre-pandemic days.

“Auditions are held just as they are when we are in a real theater,” said Lawson. “We are trying our best to stick to the same time schedule that we typically use when in rehearsals on site rather than via Zoom.”

Hanson said that, like all live theaters around the world, City Theatre is unsure of when productions will resume before in-person audiences. He, the other directors and performers hope to stage on-ground performances this summer.

“We continue to negotiate the challenges of doing theater online. We might be at least partially on ground, but it depends on what the school decides,” said Hanson.

Lawson said one of the department’s priorities is to have enough students in theater classes to prevent cancellation due to low enrollment caused by the pandemic.

“Many students don’t have access to the equipment needed or do not have Wi-Fi,” Lawson said. “Others find it hard to stay focused.”

Grondin is confident that City Theatre has adjusted its approach to this semester’s stage performances by embracing the technology necessary to bring productions to its audiences.

“We’d love it if folks would come share the experience with us,” said Grondin. “Our casts, crew and staff work very hard to make good theater, and we’d like to share it with you.”

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