Last week, in this column, a spotlight was cast on the return of in-person arts events, especially community theater. Not mentioned were the three high schools that also staged productions this spring.
Of those three, two were on stages and two were in front of live audiences. Dobbs Ferry had both for “Working.” Hastings had an audience, but not a stage for “All Shook Up,” which unfolded on platforms outside the school. Finally, “The Wedding Singer” was inside the theater at Ardsley High School, but without an audience.
In Dobbs Ferry and Hastings, the number of audience members was limited. For all three schools, the performances were recorded and then posted online. “The Wedding Singer” will be available from June 5-19, with ticket prices ranging from $17 for an individual, to $25 for two people, to $35 for more than two people.
During the height of the pandemic, so much shifted online, including music and theater performances. Musicians and actors concocted all sorts of ways to share their creativity, from podcasts to plays written for Zoom.
Such offerings continue, as noted last week. The Broadway Training Center in Hastings has two productions available this month — “Tuck Everlasting” and “Cinderella” — while the Clocktower Players have three — “Cinderella,” “Puffs,” and “Charlotte’s Web.”
Theater on a screen, however, is no substitute for theater in person, which is why it was so satisfying to see students performing, with or without audiences, and to share stories about their efforts. Starting next month, the adults will be back as the River’s Edge Theatre Company stages “The Parking Lot” in a parking lot in Irvington.
The theater programs in the schools, as well as the community theater companies, contribute to the character of the Rivertowns. Hats off to all casts and crews for pushing through the pandemic, and for building anticipation for the fall.
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