Well March was nothing like I planned. COVID-19 cancelled everything, and for good reason. While I’m glad my local governments took smart, decisive action to cancel large gatherings (like theatre!), it doesn’t mean I don’t mourn the loss of my favorite thing that happens outside of my house.
I had tickets to two shows in March. The first was the national tour of the off-broadway show, The Office Musical Parody, which has now been postponed for an unspecified future date. Second was our next show in our Dallas Summer Musicals subscription, Come From Away, which has already been rescheduled for January 2021. I was excited to see both of these, but I’m glad they aren’t cancelled. I will see them eventually!
Even though shows weren’t happening in person in March, I still managed to have great interactions with theatre people online. The performing arts community has bloomed online and I have been taking full advantage of these opportunities. On March 27th, Seth Rudetsky hosted some In the Heights original cast members for a mini reunion on his YouTube live show, #StarsInTheHouse. Later that afternoon, I took a free zoom class in choreography from Jesus Christ Superstar taught by Ashley Andrews (the US tour associate choreographer), hosted by Broadway Weekends. Lin-Manuel Miranda popped up on Mo Willems’ Lunch Doodles on that same day, but Aiden and I didn’t watch until the next Monday. On March 30 I took an Instagram live jazz class from Hamilton broadway cast member Karla Puno Garcia.
So though this month didn’t work out how I planned, I am hopeful that I can make it through this time of shutdown. I have access to learn from people I wouldn’t normally, and I am grateful for those opportunities in the meantime.
I would also encourage you to donate to a few organizations to support theatre artists during this time of no work:
– Broadway Cares Equity Fights AIDS COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Fund
– The Actors Fund
🎶 To the world we dream about, and the one we live in now🎶 (Livin’ It Up On Top – from Hadestown)