Make Way for Ducklings
Wheelock Family Theatre and Boston University
Director: Emily Ranii
Lighting Designer: Anna Breveti
Sound Designer: Sean Doyle
Scenic Designer: James Rotondo III
Music Director: Dan Rodriguez
Choreographer: Kira Troilo
Costume Designer: Kevin Hutchins
Stage Manager: Natalie Main
Assistant Stage Manager: Sierra Hoss
The Workshop used both live and prerecorded content to create a show that utilized the new technology in the online theatre while presenting a classic Boston story.
Using the software OBS we were able to switch between pre-recorded content for the music and choreography to live for the scenes. Meanwhile, all streamed on Youtube and receiving audience interaction through the online chat.
This process offered many new experiences for me as a stage manager. From learning how to navigate and troubleshoot new software. Learning how to schedule and run many filming rehearsals. All while exploring and developing a new children's musical. Recording rehearsals in person at the public garden versus recording rehearsals entirely over zoom.
This process required adaptability from all members of the team as we were all working in uncharted territory. As a stage management team, we created new paperwork specific to the unique calling style of zoom theatre. Create personalized paperwork for the actors to assist them while not being in the same place.