The Show Must Go On!
Scarborough Theatre Guild and Capricorn 9 Productions Partner to Engage Actors and Audiences on Social Media
Actor Susan Sanders performing while Julie Adams films the performance.
By Erin Jones
As both community and professional theatre companies adjust to the “new normal” of social distancing and planning for the future, local community theatre groups, Scarborough Theatre Guild and Capricorn 9 Productions are taking an innovative approach to reach out to their audience members and volunteers in a fun way.
While audiences cannot attend big theatre productions, the good news is that there are still local options. “There is nothing like being in live theatre and many actors are looking for ways to perform and interact while staying safe and responsible during the pandemic.” shared Larry Westlake of Capricorn 9 Productions. “We have partnered with Scarborough Theatre Guild” to produce “Curtains Up”, a series of monologues that can be performed by actors and shared with our audiences on Facebook, YouTube and Instagram”. We are constantly looking a new ideas and ways of presenting including live streaming, short scripts, radio plays or short musicals so stay tuned for new developments while remaining socially distant” adds Westlake.
Scarborough Theatre Guild has also launched an online series called “Let’s Talk”. Created, produced and directed by STG’s Publicity Director Julie Adams and hosted by local actor, writer and educator Erin Jones. “Let’s Talk” features interviews with many local artists, writers, producers and stage managers. “We miss our wonderful audience members and being engaged with our volunteers” says Len Henderson, President of Scarborough Theatre Guild. “So we are pleased to bring the Scarborough Theatre Guild’s “Let’s Talk” Series” online. The series consists of short interviews with members of the group so that volunteers and audiences can learn more about what happens behind the scenes, what’s involved in auditioning, how to volunteer and to get to know some of the people who work so hard to create a live stage production. “We just celebrated our 60th anniversary last year and we have a wealth of knowledge and great theatre experiences to share. The focus of “Let’s Talk” is on entertaining and interacting with our volunteers and audience members in a fun, safe and uplifting way” shared Henderson.
Check out the episodes on “Let’s Talk” and “Curtains Up” on Capricorn 9 Productions and Scarborough Theatre Guild pages on Facebook, YouTube and Instagram.
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