Apr 09, 2020
Live Online Theatre Opportunity
Who: The plays are most appropriate for high school age and up; parental guidance is suggested.
What: Live Online Theater
When: Friday nights, 8 p.m.
Where: Via a Zoom link (register ahead of time; available at http://mirrorboxtheatre.com/out-the-box)
Mirrorbox has updated the old adage: “The show must go on(line)." Mirrorbox is offering "Out of the Box" free readings of thought-provoking plays online every Friday night.
The event is limited to the first 100 people to register to watch each live (streamed) reading.
Mirrorbox in the historic CSPS Hall in the NewBo district in Cedar Rapids produces Iowa-premiere plays as dramatic reflections on contemporary culture.
Their first show, Ghost Light, was presented on March 20. I got the Zoom link from their website on Thursday. Friday evening, I logged on to the Zoom link about five minutes before showtime. My high school son and I air dropped my computer screen to my TV to create a theatrical feel. Only actors and narrators can be heard. The audience is muted throughout the show.
The screen then became the theater as, from the comfort of our homes, we all watched the actors inhabit their characters and the story come to life. It all felt very personal. It was cozy.
The cast members and director were brought together from their homes, via the Zoom platform, for this public online reading. As such, there was occasional lag time and variance in the sound quality between the actors. The reading halted twice for a technology reload. Rather than being distracting, it was endearing.
These events are free, but registration is required and limited to 100 prior to the show.
Parental guidance is suggested. Visit mirrorboxtheatre.com for full details on the next "Out of the Box" event.
- Laura Johnson, GWAEA Curriculum Consultant - Literacy