ZCHS MUSICAL 2020:
SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD
HOW ARE WE DOING A SHOW?
We are so excited to be able to be back on stage! While both the process and product may look different than our traditional show, we know that this will be a unique and exciting opportunity for our students! Please scan through this FAQ in order to learn more about what we have planned. More specifics will be communicated at our callout meetings as well. We are committed to providing ZCHS students with a performance experience that is safe and fulfilling… After many conversations and with administrative approval, we are confident that this production will be all of those things!
WHAT WILL THE CAST REHEARSAL PROCESS LOOK LIKE?
The traditional cast size for this production is quite small, but we are planning to expand far beyond that. We will determine who is a good fit for the show based on auditions and find roles for those people- there is not a set number of students we can cast or roles we can fill, but it will likely be a smaller group than a normal year purely based on safety. Anyone who auditions and is not selected as a performer will have the opportunity to be a part of our crew. For students who have never experienced the behind the scenes portion of musical theater, this could be a great learning opportunity!
For the average cast member, the time commitment required of this show will be far less than a typical production. We will cast and ultimately rehearse based on each musical number in the show… There are students that will only be involved in 1-2 songs and others that will be featured in many. Rehearsal involvement/commitment will be entirely dependent on casting. Rehearsals will be kept very small, as only the students involved in that particular number as well as directing staff and an accompanist, will be in the room at any given time. Rehearsals will be segmented by song, perhaps with Song #1 from 4-5pm and Song #2 from 5-6pm. Any set, props, etc. will be disinfected between songs. The show will be blocked in such a way as to abide by social distancing recommendations, keeping performers 6’ apart. Staff and students are required to wear masks at all times throughout the rehearsal process.
WHAT WILL PERFORMANCES LOOK LIKE?
Although we will not be able to perform this show for a live audience, we’ve reimagined it in a way that is more in line with the production of a movie. As we reach the month of November, students will have the opportunity to record vocal tracks with a professional band. This will be done just like it would be in a professional studio- individual microphones, audio engineers, multiple takes of each song to get the best version, etc. This will also create a memento soundtrack that can be shared with cast members! Once the tracks are cut, we will then come back the following week to separately record the video component. This will allow us the opportunity for more diverse visual technology as well, including multiple camera shots, projections, sets, etc. Our tech team will then edit everything together in order to release a digital copy of the show available for purchase. It will be available for the first time at the date and time listed on the calendar that follows, but will remain available to view on that same platform for one year. Check out the newly released Hamilton film as an idea of the goal for our final product!
WHAT WILL THE CREW DO?
This year, students will continue to be able to work in all of the traditional technical theatre crew roles. There will also be new crew positions available as well due to the multi-faceted nature of this production. There are lots of opportunities for those who want to learn more about technical theatre, audio/video production, and filmmaking!
WHAT IF I HAVE OTHER QUESTIONS?
We will provide another document specific to callout meetings, audition preparation, calendar, etc soon. If you have further questions after reading that info, contact the Creative Team with individual questions!
Sam Chenoweth, Director
Isaac Spillman, Technical Director