By Zach Hester, Reporter • firstname.lastname@example.org
POWELL, Ala. — The show must go on! In the absence of in-person productions, Northeast Alabama Community College's (NACC) spectacular theatre department will be debuting a virtual performance to enjoy from the comfort of your own home.
The performance, which will be available from November 6-8 and November 13-15, is entitled Songs for a New World, which is a "collection of stories spanning from a 1492 Spanish sailing ship to a ledge, 57 stories above Fifth Avenue in New York City."
NACC Theatre Director Kayleigh Smith stated, "Streaming a filmed musical is something we have never done, so it's been a challenge! Everyone involved in our production of Songs for a New World has worked incredibly hard to make this happen."
The performance was filmed at the Tom Bevill Lyceum under strict coronavirus prevention guidelines, using video and softwares like Zoom.
Smith attributed the ability for this production to actually happen to NACC's state-of-the-art technical equipment, as well as Technical Director Brad Archer, alumnus Rylee Hancock, and Stacy Morris, Director of Musical Ensembles at the college.
"We kept a strict schedule so that there were only a few actors in the theatre at a atime," said Smith. "This 'new normal' has not been an easy adjustment...even Broadway has shut down until next year. So I'm thrilled that Dr. Campbell has given us the opportunity to create art during these unprecedented times."
"We certainly hope the community enjoys this production," said Dr. David Campabell, President of Northeast Alabama Community College. "[It] reflects the great talent and creativity of Ms. Smith and our students and staff. It is our gift to the community during these confining times."
Songs for a New World will stream for the public on the next two weekends, November 6-8 and November 13-15. Tickets may be obtained through www.showtix4u.com or by visiting the NACC Theatre's website at www.nacc.edu. To order tickets by phone, please call (256) 638-4418 ext. 2218.