Theater performance to be online due to COVID-19

Fall show scheduled to record Dec. 9


Ryan Barnett

Seniors Ruby Stillman and Sam Sietsema rehearse their roles for “Legally Blonde” Nov. 14, 2019 in the Auditorium. The Park Fall production for 2020, “Vintage Hitchcock: A Live Radio Play,” is set to be recorded over Zoom Dec. 9.

Isabel Nathan

The Park Fall production, “Vintage Hitchcock: A Live Radio Play,” has had it’s performance date pushed back from Nov. 20, 21 and 22 to being recorded over Zoom Dec. 9. According to sophomore Emma Samels, an actor in the show, the abrupt performance change is the result of new COVID-19 restrictions in the district and construction issues in the theater.

“The construction projects have been delayed a lot, and with the new COVID restrictions it would be really difficult to run the show, so it’s a lot safer to do it online,” Samuels said.

The show will be a recorded Zoom call which will be streamed later for viewers, according to director Jodi Schifsky.

“We plan to record the performance over Zoom on Dec. 9, and it will be released at a later date because we have a lot of moving parts that we need to connect,” Schifsky said. “ We hope to release it in the week to follow.”

Samuels said she is glad that the show was pushed back even though they have to do it on Zoom. 

“I am disappointed that we’re not able to do it in person because it would turn out really cool, but it’s something new and different and it’ll be a good experience,” Samuels said.

it’s something new and different and it’ll be a good experience,

— Emma Samuels


Although the show went from performing live to over Zoom, Sophomore Garrett Baudwin, an actor in the show, is still happy to be involved in the performance. 

“A good thing to come out of COVID is that we weren’t supposed to have a fall show at all because of construction,” Baudwin says. “If not for COVID, we wouldn’t even have had a performance.”

For more information about the Park theater productions, visit their Facebook or Instagram page. The play is scheduled to be recorded Dec. 9 and streamed at a later date.