Western Nevada Musical Theatre Company’s virtual choir and show choir are working overtime to ensure that its audiences can enjoy musical theatre during these challenging times.
Broadway Rising! recently completed technical work on the virtual choir’s first fall release after debuting last spring.
Enjoy the performance of “Somewhere” from West Side Story by going to https://youtu.be/Unm0liXeGmc. It features music by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim.
Broadway Rising!’s next choral production, now in progress, will be “For Good” from Wicked.
WNMTC’s new Broadway show choir, That’s Entertainment, filmed segments of its upcoming release, “Seize the Day,” on WNC’s campus and at the state capitol in late October. Dancers were seen leaping and turning all around Carson City.
“This work is from the musical Newsies and is one of the favorites with musical theatre dancers,” Arrigotti said. “The directors chose to do an outdoor work for this project because it works well with COVID restrictions.”
This is That’s Entertainment second project. Its initial project, “One” from A Chorus Line, is in its final technical stages, with videographers fusing the individual videos from indoor recordings.
Arrigotti appreciates all of the hard work, adaptability and versatility of WNMTC’s performers.
“Virtual performance is at least 10 times the work of live performance, requiring multiple technicians, different choreography and far more challenging rehearsal protocols,” she said. “Nevertheless, our performers and directors are determined to keep musical theatre alive during these challenging times, reaching our audiences in spite of all restrictions.
“We are actually developing a new art form with these projects. While they felt daunting initially, the cast is starting to love them.”