On Friday, Jan. 1, and Saturday, Jan. 2, 2021, the Yellow Springs High School (YSHS) theater program presents "Dracula" by William McNulty and directed by YSHS Performing Arts Teacher Ms. Lorrie Sparrow-Knapp. "Dracula" will be available streaming via Broadway On Demand at 8:00 p.m. ET, with an opening short film, "Zool," by McKinney Middle School's Kian Barker.
The YSHS theater program used the pandemic to explore the relationship between theater and film within an environment where safety is at the core of all on the stage. Filmed outside, and theatrically staged with the young actors six to eight feet apart at all times, students agreed to create a theater pod to work on the play which includes a daily online form for temperature checks and symptom updates, Zoom rehearsals during the week, mandatory mask-wearing and social distancing of 10 or more feet when on set at all times to stage and film the play. Scenes were filmed in separate takes to limit the time when students needed to have their masks off to capture the actual scene. The stage crew was limited and crew members had to wear masks and face shields at all times while on set. The students worked hard and were great sports throughout the filming, always making the best of the chilly weather, rain delays, and learning the processes of filming to enhance their overall theater skills and knowledge.
McKinney Middle School's "Tales of Terror" coming in early 2021.
Check out the printable PDF below for instructions on how to create an account and purchase the stream of "Dracula" through Broadway On Demand. For additional questions regarding the live stream please reach out to Theater Arts Producer Caryn Diamond at email@example.com.