Although Severna Park High School’s auditorium doors have been shut since March 13, the talent of this community has yet to be paused.
This November, SP Stage Company is hosting a virtual, free musical production showcasing the performing talents of Severna Park High School students. From singers to dancers, and even instrumentalists, director Atticus Cooper Boidy and musical director Michael Brisentine have taken the online Google Meet forum and extended it beyond the virtual classroom.
“A lot of the songs that we picked are purposefully chosen because they can be done within the environment of someone’s home,” said Boidy. “You’ll see a lot of intentional nods to ‘at-home activities,’ like getting ready to shower or making coffee, and even just sitting in your bed,” he added.
Seeing as Anne Arundel County Public Schools are not yet back to in-person classes, neither are these rehearsals.
“Some challenges of having a virtual production would be the delay, lagging and accidental muting we experience on calls,” said student music director Kaitlyn Mummert.
“Specifically, from a dance aspect, another challenge would be the flipped camera when not only learning movement but teaching as well,” said student choreographer Ashely DeLeon.
Despite these setbacks, the cast members have been persistent in putting on the best show that they possibly can.
“As student director,” said senior Nick Ivey, “I get to see all of the progress they’re making, and it’s just really cool to see what everyone is doing with their individual songs.”
Although streaming a performance through a virtual platform is not typically how one would imagine watching the upcoming fall production, sophomore Alex Hilbert likes to think that every viewer gets a front-row ticket to the show.
“I like that everyone is shown equally in ensemble numbers, and I think it’s cool that everyone will be showcased individually.”
When asked what audiences should be excited about for this production, Michael Brisentine said, “I just think that audiences should look forward to hearing the kids make art again; it’s just so special right now. And I hope that when people watch this performance, they feel the joy that the kids are experiencing from participating in this.”
Register for tickets on www.sphsdrama.com for the 7:00pm show on November 13. While the Broadway Revue is free, Severna Park Thespian Society is collecting donations for Burgers & Bands for Suicide Prevention.