Wellesley Public School Performing Arts is ready to put on a show, but those damn recorders …
Students and staff at Wellesley’s Public Performing Arts Schools have been creative and persevering in producing virtual events during the pandemic, but the reality is, it’s just not the same as the live performance. If all goes as planned, live lessons, rehearsals and performances will be back this school year.
The Wellesley High Rice Street Singers who performed the Star Spangled Banner at Fenway Park in late August got things going on the right foot.
Performing Arts Director Michael LaCava provided an update on what is planned at the last Wellesley School Committee meeting (about 20 minutes after Wellesley Media began recording). He shared the latest K-12 safety guidelines, which we’ve incorporated below. LaCava said the state’s Department of Elementary and Secondary Education was relatively silent on issuing specific guidance on the performing arts, so the school system is trying to figure out how to go from there. before with the performing arts given the mask’s mandate in school.
“The general theme here is that we hope to do as much performing arts this year which is sure…” said LaCava.
From Kindergarten to Grade 5, general music returns to classrooms, which means singing and dancing without space restrictions. But note that those nasty spitting machines otherwise known as “recorders” will be banned for outdoor use only. Chorus is also making a comeback. Band members will wear special masks inside and use bells on some instruments, but have a lot more freedom outside.
The rules of the college and high school curriculum will be quite similar. The big news for college kids is that musicals will take place. Auditions for Matilda, Jr., will take place September 8-9. At Wellesley High, a new technical director arrives and the school has decided to postpone their usual fall musical, which will be Mamma Mia, to March. Some smaller performances with smaller distributions have been moved to the fall.
LaCava says he’s not entirely sure what the situation is for the show’s audience, but one possibility might be to have a limited audience but more performances. The annual Acatober show could be the test for that.
Although the distancing rules have been relaxed, LaCava said efforts will always be made to separate students where possible. The bunch of peps will be able to let off steam at the stadium in the stands.
Extracurricular programs will at least initially include virtual and in-person lessons.
“We’re in a much better position than obviously we were last year. right now, “he said.
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