PVC Drama Department Performs Student-Written Shows on Screen Free Saturday
This semester, students in the PVC drama department faced up to a new challenge offered by their teachers: writing, rehearsing and performing a short play or skit. With the usual Spring Production, which has traditionally been a musical, cancelled due to ongoing pandemic safety protocols, this was the perfect way to make shows happen while allowing students to showcase their creativity.
Interested students met virtually via Zoom with directors of the PVC skits Sally Barnes and Christina Carmasino from January through March to write and workshop their scripts before rehearsing in person during April and May. The ultimate result of their hard work were two short plays performed by groups of fifth, sixth and eighth graders, titled, “the New Nicole” and “The Grisly Tale of Grizzly and Gristly.”
These plays were performed outdoors for 45 guests, with the sidewalk in front of the PVC patio serving as the ‘stage’ with two sets of stairs for a ‘backstage’ area. The performance was held in conjunction with Screen Free Saturday, a district-wide event that invited students, faculty and the wider community to turn off their screens for 24 hours and participate in a variety of activities.
“Our students showed incredible passion and independence throughout the writing, rehearsing and performing process,” said Sally Barnes, one of the teachers in charge of PVC’s Spring Production. “Whether they were meeting remotely or in person, they came together to make their shows happen.”