The Lake Oswego Junior High drama club found a way to bring theater to your living room.
The club will screen a virtual performance of "The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life on Earth" starting Thursday, Feb. 18.
The play follows four alien talk show hosts — Valendia, Vortex, Troq and Croq — on their show "Earth Talk Tonight," as they search for intelligent life on earth. Their guests include Frankenstein, a vampire, a werewolf and an invisible woman.
Every aspect of the play was completed virtually, from auditions and rehearsals to production and the finished product.
Drama club teacher Danielle Pecoff said the virtual medium has presented a learning curve for students who've been performers for a while, and the cast and crew had to learn how to make it as engaging as possible for the audience.
Pecoff added that it's harder to create connections with fellow actors in a virtual medium, but it's still less work than a musical, which they normally stage this time of year.
If you go:
What: "The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life on Earth"
When: Feb. 18-20 at 7 p.m.
Tickets: $10. Reserve at https://www.onthestage.com/show/lake-oswego-junior-high/the-search-for-signs-of-intelligent-life-on-earth-an-out-of-this-world-virtual-play-3491/tickets
The script, written by Jeremy Johnson and Brian B. Taylor, was designed for a virtual setting, Pecoff said.
"It was published with our situation in mind," she said.
This allowed LOJH's actors and crew to work with more ease, instead of having to make do with a play intended for the stage.
The script also allows students to write their own additions in the form of commercials for the talk show. This gives the drama club the opportunity to have as many students participate as possible.
"And it means that every student gets at least one line," Pecoff said.
Thirty actors and four student crew members helped make this campy play happen.
Pecoff said families can make this family-friendly play a part of their evening by doing "dinner theater."
"I'm hoping that this can be a really fun and exciting thing for the community at large," she said. "We all need these extra forms of enjoyment these days."
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