Among the many losses this school year was the chance for students to shine on stage in the classic end-of-the-year theater production. Yet teachers and students across the country turned misfortune into opportunity, creating memorable plays and performances that will live on — online.
For many student performers, there was that one week, back in March, where everything shifted. One moment everyone was at school, going to class and hanging out with friends … and then suddenly they were at home, social-distancing and trying to figure out online learning.
At Zeeland High School in western Michigan, that was THE week. The week they were to perform — onstage — the annual spring musical.
David Miller, the school’s theater director, said they were one of the lucky ones. His students actually got one full show in before all the schools in Michigan shut down. He says many of his colleagues at other schools never got that far.