This weekend, Defiance Community Theater will take part in a global theatrical event celebrating local theaters and raising funds after the COVID-19 pandemic ravaged the 2020-21 season.
The Glenwood Springs High School Theater will join more than 2,500 venues around the world to present “All Together Now,” a fundraising event hosted by Music Theater International. The theater groups have secured the rights to a set of classic musical revues, from “Les Misérables” to “Frozen” from Disney. Marketing and directing material was also provided free of charge with the aim of restoring the theatrical scene after the pandemic year.
“We’re trying to bring the theater back because we’ve been off the grid like everyone else for the past 18 months or so,” Defiance Community Theater secretary Chip Wells told the Post Independent in September.
The 2020-21 season was limited to a virtual production of “A Christmas Carol”. It was a success for what it was, but paled on stage, with a production by the audience. “All Together Now” allows Defiance to reintroduce itself into the community.
With the theme of the rally in mind, Defiance brought in different directors for all four acts of the production. Tom Cochran, Laura Porterfield and Micha Schoepe were each tasked with directing part of the show, while Defiance Community Theater co-directed the fourth act.
“The arts balance our lives and give us the ability to use other parts of our brain,” Porterfield said. “Our community needs the arts, and Defiance Community Players needs our community.”
Music Theater International provided a free script for the performance, with an order for 15 musical slots of musical numbers to play as well as spaces for three speeches and a video. Each order location has up to three number choices for each theater.
The speeches have general topics – one for a welcome, another for reflecting on 2020, and a final thank you – but are otherwise unguided.
“We also wanted to give theaters as much creative contribution as possible,” said John Prignano, chief operating officer and director of education and development for Music Theater International, in a statement. “The revue can be presented as a concert or the groups can fully stage, choreograph and costume each song as it is presented in the full version of the show. “
“All Together Now” is screened at 7 pm today and Saturday and Sunday at 2 pm at the Jeannie Miller Theater at Glenwood Springs High School.
Tickets and more information are available at DefianceCommunityTheater.org. Ticket prices range from $ 10 to $ 15 and are also available at the box office.