Defiance Community Theater is preparing to bounce back in significant ways from COVID-19, by participating in Music Theater International’s global music review, “All Together Now!”
The show is a collection of famous musical pieces licensed to local theater companies as well as resources such as choreography and marketing for free. It includes 15 spliced âânumber boxes with three speeches and a video segment. At least 44 countries and territories will participate in the project from November 12 to 15. As options open up during the pandemic, Defiance Community Theater hopes the awe-inspiring performance will reinvigorate community bonds locally and globally.
âThis particular show is so important because many of us have felt alienated, ostracized, not by people but just for their safety,â said Travis Wilson, board member of the Defiance Community Theater.
He added that after the virtual theater production “A Christmas Carol”, he asked community members to thank them, “because it was such a cold winter and it really made them feel warm.”
The theater has not been able to function in person throughout the pandemic and wanted to return to the stage with a bang. âAll Together Nowâ provided this opportunity.
Due to issues related to the pandemic, the nine-person board of directors has shrunk to five. They are trying to increase the size of the organization and use the material provided by the magazine to put on a show that can be used as a fundraiser.
Now they are looking for community members to get involved in any way they can.
The hearings are open to the public. Cast members will be invited to shoot a review in about six weeks. Performers will have the opportunity to perform in numbers of “Fiddler on the Roof”, “James and the Giant Peach”, “Les MisÃ©rables” and other classic musicals, in some cases in immediate succession.
The audition process will include a performance and an interview in a 10 minute session. To control crowds, auditions must be scheduled in advance. The location of the interviews has not yet been defined.
The venues for the November performances are also still “under negotiation,” board secretary Chip Wells said. Updates will be provided on the group’s Facebook page, titled âDefiance Community Players,â and on its website, defiancecommunitytheater.org.
âI think the name of this project says it all,â Wells said. âIt’s time we were all together. “