As a response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Beat by Beat Press has introduced the world’s first virtual children’s musical, The Show Must Go Online!, created in less than three weeks with the goal of helping theatre groups continue to perform in these times of social distance.
In this first-of-its kind production, up to 20 young actors receive a one to two-minute scene/song to rehearse, video record, and upload. When the videos are played in order, they tell the hilarious story of a group of passionate students desperate to keep their annual musical alive…online…
The creative team – Jessica Penzias (book), Dave Hudson (lyrics) and Denver Casado (music) – wrote the show in 19 days. Andrew Fox, music director and arranger, orchestrated the score in just five days.
The Show Must Go Online! runs 30-40 minutes and is written for a cast of 20 actors aged 7-14. The work is offered with a Pay What You Can model, which empowers those with various financial constraints to still put on a show. School and theatre groups receive Actor Scripts, Virtual Production Guide, Music Lead Sheets, Logos, and Vocal and Accompaniment Recordings.
The show’s production materials are available after purchase for instant download at www.bbbpress.com/musicals/