Performing Arts Moves Forward Despite Virus

Leonard Molling

   The D.C. Everest Performing Arts group is planning to continue during Covid-19 with video performances and Broadway music reviews.

  The team works every year to put together performances of popular musicals. With COVID-19 being an airborne virus, singing on stage is a health concern, so they’ve had to find a new way of practicing through calls and video performances. 

   Mrs.Vesper works as one of the school’s learning disabilities teachers, and she also helps work with our Performing Arts group. 

 “They were put into small groups – I think we have like 5 or 6,” she said of practice. She also explained how they use the Quire tent out behind the school.        

 Mrs. Vesper said that a lot of kids decided to do online practice and that,“There are some kids who aren’t quite ready to come to school yet.” That being said there are several problems with online practice because,“There’s no good virtual platform for music.”

   With all of their practice, they still plan on doing performances by sending videos of their part to their instructors.  Afterwards their videos are edited together. 

   When it comes to the music, mixing it takes anywhere from “10-30 hours”,  but Mrs.Vesper thinks it is worth the time. “I think it’s a great opportunity to be able to showcase our talents- there’s nothing like good talent to uplift the spirits and make people happy.”

   Alongside their video performances, they also started “Broadway in the New Millennium” where they put together music from popular Broadway shows while collaborating with the music department. They “try to choose music from shows that we might not be able to do for content, or ethnic makeup of the cast,” Vesper said, with some examples being “Mean Girls”, “Hamilton”, and “Hairspray”. 

   With COVID-19 drastically changing how this club operates, it has found a way to make the situation work. If the school year eventually gets back to a sort of normal, then they should be able to go back to doing live performances like they used to, but until then they have held on strong even though they are one of the most active, in-person groups the school has, said Vesper.