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The Show Must Go On, but Will the Spring Play?

By Lulu Diffenbaugh


Graphic by Katherine Chui

In the midst of all the pandemic uncertainty, Pinewood has put in a lot of effort in maintaining its community virtually. However, there are some events on campus that cannot quite be replicated as an online experience. One event that does not transfer so easily to the virtual community is the spring musical, “Beauty and the Beast.”

   Having only run through Act 1, the cast needed more rehearsals to have the whole play ready. 

   “We have not touched Act 2 as that was supposed to be finished before spring break. Rehearsals for fine-tuning and polishing were scheduled for after spring break and would lead us into tech week and then opening,” director Doug Eivers said. 

   Because it’s uncertain if and when school will resume on campus, the format of production is unclear. 

   “I am sure a live production is off the table at this point … but we are brainstorming ideas on how we can proceed,” Eivers said. 

   An alternative to the live production could be recordings from the cast. If that works, Eivers is considering releasing a video. Either way, a live production is very unlikely. 

   “I feel sad because I was really looking forward to this performance, and it was my last show with my sister before she leaves for college,” sophomore Mia Pistelak said. 

   Sophomore Magnolia Lemmon feels similarly. 

   “I feel really sad that what would have been one of the best productions yet can’t reach its full potential,” Lemmon said.

   On a larger scale, the theater community is facing setbacks as well, with an increasing amount of shows closing. 

   “We were fortunate that we hadn’t been that far along in our production when the shut downs occurred, but there are companies that had already invested tons of money, time and effort into rehearsals, sets, costumes, designers, etc.,” Eivers said. 

   The Pinewood Performing Arts Department is working hard to continue their preparations for this spring musical. While the format of performance is still unknown, there can be some positive outcomes from this pandemic. 

   “When you are watching Netflix to pass the time, and you watch some of these online concerts, or you decide to spend some time playing that instrument you haven’t touched in a while … or draw, or paint, or attend a virtual tour of a museum … remember that it was the arts that helped you navigate this challenging time. When things go back to normal, I hope that everyone will have a stronger appreciation for the arts,” Eivers said.