Theatres had to improvise in a year of restricted performances

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Vertigo Theatre highlighted local acting and writing talents with its radio mystery theatre offerings and then teamed up with Lunchbox Theatre to present a radio version of the celluloid classic It’s a Wonderful Life.

Dickens’ A Christmas Carol received more online attention with Blue Jeans Theatre’s Christmas Carol A Drag Show, Morpheus Theatre’s filmed radio version of Scrooge’s journey, Rosebud Theatre’s one-man Christmas Carol and, perhaps the most unique, Loose Moose’s silent movie version.

At the head of the pack of online filmed theatre shows is StoryBook Theatre’s Annie that runs until Jan. 17. It beautifully captures the feel of a live theatre experience, so much so for me, that I kept wondering why there wasn’t tumultuous applause for some of the big musical numbers and powerful solo performances.

Special kudos to Workshop Theatre, Ghost River, Jubilations and Rosebud Theatre for finding ways to work within pandemic protocols to offer live experiences and to highlight the need, desire and demand for the communal experience we’ve been robbed of.

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