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Virtual performances

ESSENCE - Ligaya Rabago-Visaya (The Freeman) - June 19, 2021 - 12:00am

The pandemic's consequences are numerous and far-reaching. No industry or sector is not impacted, from business to education to tourism to artistic endeavors. Performances have dropped dramatically in recent months as venues have been unable to accommodate groups or audiences.

All venues, including gymnasiums, cultural centers, halls, and even movie theaters, have stopped accepting reservations. True-blooded servants of the arts, on the other hand, are unaffected by this primary constraint. Their spirits are buoyant and optimistic about what the future holds.

They've explored an outlet for artistic expressions because their creative juices are overflowing. The internet has served to fulfill the drive to actualize their creativity by riding on the trend and use the medium that is being used by other sectors. And so virtual performances have been the buzz for more than a year.

Despite the fact that there are apparent restrictions and obstacles built into this new platform. The changeover of scenes becomes a key difficulty in a live performance, just as it is in a play. As neophytes of this medium, we must address a number of technical difficulties.

Another difficult aspect of staging a virtual show is that not everyone's internet connection is consistent, not everyone's processing speed is the same, and not everyone has the necessary places or access to set up a green screen.

There have been a few Zoom artistic events over the years, but there isn't exactly a handbook on how to execute it well. For many children, adjusting to virtual theater was an emotional experience. The truth is that we don't know what's going on with theater, and we don't know when we'll see it again.

Student actors must change their expectations and adapt to new conditions and technologies when performing virtual performances. It's absolutely something we'll have to get used to, and it's something we’re still working on.

Being in separate spaces means actors can only see each other through a screen, and that comes with difficulties.

While virtual performances come with some downsides, they have the potential to expand their reach. We are hoping to reach some people who would have never come to the theater. We don’t believe hosting performances virtually will hurt the quality of students’ education. This is something we’ve all worried about when we first started talking. We love that audience applaud and the actors always do better when they get an audience response and become engaged. But some of the kids want to work in television anyway, and a lot of casting agencies are requiring that actors, instead of coming into a live casting call, submit a video submission instead.

When is this going to be over? When will we be able to return to our normal performing venues? We truly have no idea. This is exactly what we all desire but we need optimism in the current situation. We must maintain a positive outlook. Would the virtual performance, on the other hand, heed the call? For the time being, we don't know, but it appears to be viable for some who choose to continue despite the inherent limits. If it is employed as a medium for wide dissemination, however, it is the way to go in the future.

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