The show must go on-line

Central Valley. A Middle School student shared her play experience during the pandemic.

| 19 May 2021 | 12:57

When COVIDA-19 forced the world into a quarantine many things were lost including baseball games, concerts and even classroom learning.

However, with the vaccines providing positive results these things are once again starting to become part of our lives. One of which is the Monroe-Woodbury Middle School play.

The drama club is proud to announce that on Friday, May 21, and Saturday, May 22, at 8 p.m. the cast will virtually show the 2021 play, “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown.”

After nearly three months of auditions and practice, the curtains will open for cast members like 6th-grader Joely Levin, who plays Sally Brown. Joely said that many precautions have been taken throughout the process including wearing masks and social distancing. The masks are clear so that the expressions of the performers can be seen.

Another way things are being done differently is how an audience will be able to see the production. People can watch the play by purchasing a virtual ticket. Each ticket will provide the streaming for a single device.

As for her performance, Joely can’t be more excited. She describes her character as “happy, fun and curious.” Joely said, “(Sally) loves to annoy her older brother, Charlie Brown, which makes her funny and an adorable character.”

Joely, who has acted before in plays at North Main, said that one of her favorite parts about being in the play is “how you get to make new friends.” She also liked “embracing a new character” while “learning new music.” Her hopes are to continue acting for as long as she can.

During the long process of rehearsing and singing, the cast members have also had to manage school and homework. “It can be pretty difficult to get homework done on days when the play ends at a later time,” claimed Joely. However, that didn’t stop the green house student from working hard and memorizing lines.

Joely said the cast and crew are very excited to put on a show for many people to view digitally. “We have been working very hard on this play,” she said, adding, “There are a lot of fun and exciting songs, dances, and lines in the play.”

Chase Cassidy is a member of the Monroe-Woodbury Middle School Journalism Club.