Arts in the age of Covid calls for creativity

Pink tape marks seats all around The Playhouse, distancing them in a familiar manner in this age of COVID-19. The 100 seats are now only 21. Jason Pasqua, the Instructor of Theatre, sits easy in one of The Playhouse chairs.

“Theatre is about large groups of people in the same room,” Pasqua said. “We can’t have theatre the same way.”

In response to Covid and the social distancing necessary for the safety of everyone, the theatre, music, and arts departments changed their presentation. They are bringing arts to LCCC in a different way. Through the computer.

Earlier in October, theatre students performed “Shakespeare in the Plaza.” an outdoor performance on campus. They are currently working on a production for Nov. 19-21, which will be available for online viewing.

Pasqua worked on streaming theatre over the summer, but he is still working on developing an online process that will work with the technology available to him now.

“If there is a way to bring theatre to an audience,” Pasqua said, “we will figure it out.”

The music department has moved to virtual performances and have two planned to come out. “Around the World in 80 Minutes” will be available Nov. 25, and “Holliday Collage” will be out Dec. 15. Frank Cook, an Instructor of Music, went over the precautions in place for the ensemble practices.

“Our new facility is easy,” Cook said, in reference to social distancing. “It’s 50% bigger than before.”

The practices are still in person with those capable of wearing masks doing so. Those playing wind instruments are incapable of wearing masks, but they are distanced farther apart to compensate. The choir are in masks but with an inner mask support frame, allowing them to sing. Each ensemble has a different time set up to practice which allows them to focus and keep the area safe.

Both concerts will be prerecorded in case of an issue so there is time to record any necessary sections again. Public Relations will oversee releasing the concerts which will be available through LCCC’s website. They can be found at lccc.wy.edu/VirtualConcerts.

Cook would like to remind everyone that music classes are still open to all for credit, even without being in the music department.

There are currently three virtual art galleries set for fall. The first was The Great Fear of the Period by Yowshien Kuo set for Sept. 21-30. Adaption by Zachary Buchner is available through Oct. 30. Dreaming of Blondie Bubba by Jamie Adams is scheduled for Dec. 19-30. All of these galleries are available at lccc.wy.edu/VirtualArt for viewing.

The Creative Writing students had the poet Don Cellini speak for their class on Oct. 7 through Zoom. As of right now there is no information about other speakers available, but the arts department will continue to work this spring to bring more performances to LCCC.

Pink tape marks seats all around The Playhouse, distancing them in a familiar manner in this age of COVID-19. The 100 seats are now only 21. Jason Pasqua, the Instructor of Theatre, sits easy in one of The Playhouse chairs.

“Theatre is about large groups of people in the same room,” Pasqua said. “We can’t have theatre the same way.”

In response to Covid and the social distancing necessary for the safety of everyone, the theatre, music, and arts departments changed their presentation. They are bringing arts to LCCC in a different way. Through the computer.

Earlier in October, theatre students performed “Shakespeare in the Plaza.” an outdoor performance on campus. They are currently working on a production for Nov. 19-21, which will be available for online viewing.

Pasqua worked on streaming theatre over the summer, but he is still working on developing an online process that will work with the technology available to him now.

“If there is a way to bring theatre to an audience,” Pasqua said, “we will figure it out.”

The music department has moved to virtual performances and have two planned to come out. “Around the World in 80 Minutes” will be available Nov. 25, and “Holliday Collage” will be out Dec. 15. Frank Cook, an Instructor of Music, went over the precautions in place for the ensemble practices.

“Our new facility is easy,” Cook said, in reference to social distancing. “It’s 50% bigger than before.”

The practices are still in person with those capable of wearing masks doing so. Those playing wind instruments are incapable of wearing masks, but they are distanced farther apart to compensate. The choir are in masks but with an inner mask support frame, allowing them to sing. Each ensemble has a different time set up to practice which allows them to focus and keep the area safe.

Both concerts will be prerecorded in case of an issue so there is time to record any necessary sections again. Public Relations will oversee releasing the concerts which will be available through LCCC’s website. They can be found at lccc.wy.edu/VirtualConcerts.

Cook would like to remind everyone that music classes are still open to all for credit, even without being in the music department.

There are currently three virtual art galleries set for fall. The first was The Great Fear of the Period by Yowshien Kuo set for Sept. 21-30. Adaption by Zachary Buchner is available through Oct. 30. Dreaming of Blondie Bubba by Jamie Adams is scheduled for Dec. 19-30. All of these galleries are available at lccc.wy.edu/VirtualArt for viewing.

The Creative Writing students had the poet Don Cellini speak for their class on Oct. 7 through Zoom. As of right now there is no information about other speakers available, but the arts department will continue to work this spring to bring more performances to LCCC.

Virtual Art – lccc.wy.edu/VirtualArt

· The Great Fear of the Period by Yowshien Kuo Sept. 21-30

· Adaption by Zachary Buchner Oct. 19-30

· Dreaming of Blondie Bubba by Jamie Adams Dec. 1-18

Virtual Music – lccc.wy.edu/VirtualConcerts

· “Around the World in 80 Minutes” Nov. 25

· “Holliday Collage” Dec. 12

Virtual Theatre – tba

· “Just Covid Stories” Nov.

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