THEATRE LIVES ON AT TRINITY HIGH SCHOOL THROUGH THE RADIO
THE ALL GIRLS CAST WILL PRESENT THE 1940’s HOLIDAY RADIO HOUR WITH ‘IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE’
Trinity High School's Fine & Performing Arts department is pivoting this Christmas season in light of the pandemic to present a 1940’s Holiday Radio Hour featuring It’s A Wonderful Life. This new and exciting production is the school’s way of showcasing the students’ talents to the Trinity community in a safe and creative way.
“When brainstorming what could possibly be done safely, we were well aware that most performing arts departments have chosen to wait it out until the spring or to choose purely online performance options,” says Trinity High School’s Director of Theater and Music, Anslee Rainwater. “For some, these are the correct choices, but for Trinity, we have the space, the staff, and the talent and work-ethic in our student body to really, truly try something brand new.”
The radio show is a popular performance option for numerous theaters around the world, showing not only the impressive characterizations of their actors, but also the art of Foley tables and the creation of famous radio sounds. Unable to host a live audience, the department decided they could take the radio show concept and shape it into what the students needed. This show will include commercial breaks filled with singing, dancing and improvisation, as well as an intermission that will showcase visual artists. Every Fine & Performing Arts discipline at Trinity will be represented.
Under the direction of Anslee Rainwater, the theater program has been able to adapt fully to the constraints created by the pandemic. On top of the performance aspect, the sets, lights, sound, and costumes are student made and run by the technical theater department. The radio show will be fully produced as if there was a packed house and the department has taken all proper precautions to make this pre-taped show a safe possibility. Between setting the students’ paintings six feet apart and entering the costume closets one at a time, or even modifying the light board to ensure social distancing, they have thought of it all. The students’ willingness to explore new and exciting directions speaks to their dedication to the arts.
“Is this everything I dreamed about when thinking of my first show here at Trinity? No, it isn’t. But God’s plans are always greater than our own, and this plan seems to be going very well,” says Ms. Rainwater. “Those grand musicals with a hundred students on stage will come, and they will be sure to impress, but this show is impressive in its own way.”
The 1940’s Holiday Radio Hour featuring It’s A Wonderful Life will be taped and available online in December. It will be a memorable production to share with families, across quarantines and states, bringing community members together to showcase the amazing talents of Trinity’s students, as well as their perseverance and creativity.