Streaming and Online Theatre

Suzie Boyd and DeLeon Grabowski in “Tech Support”

Of course, theatre is meant to be staged in front of a live audience but these challenging COVID times call for us to be creative and to adapt. “The show must go on” and Senior Theatre companies are successfully turning to many different formats while having some fun along the way. The goal is to stay involved, keep actors stimulated, and entertain audience members who long for entertainment. Here’s how to begin:

1) Increase Your Knowledge

Teaching Senior Theatre Classes: This TipSheet will help you learn from Bonnie Vorenberg as she discusses class format, lesson plans, and demonstrates how to have a successful class.

Teaching Senior Theatre Classes OnlineLearn how to teach Senior Theatre classes online with techniques and tips to help you be successful!

Take Senior Theatre Online: This TipSheet will help you learn how to adapt classes and performances to online platforms. Learn and have fun!

2) Choose your play!

Characteristics of plays that work well online include:

  • Small casts
  • Focus on character and plat
  • Few technical elements
  • Plays with limited movement
  • Plays where action can be done vocally, such as with Radio Theatre.

The marvelous news is that most of our plays already meet these criteria! Here are some plays that have been streamed lately:

  • G-O-A-L
    11 Minute comedy, 1 man, 1 woman
    Jay and Amanda are a couple waiting to happen–or are they? An under-five soccer game seems an odd place to find a companion but maybe the grandkids are the key.
  • Gin and Tonic (French and Spanish versions, too!)
    10 minute comedy, 1 man, 1 woman
    This laugh-out-loud comedy offers a fresh look at the problems of senior dating. A ‘never-fail’ show!
  • Up and Down
    10 minute comedy, 1 man, 1 woman
    What happens when two people get trapped in an elevator? Find out in this delightful comedy about anxiety, anger, and connecting. Fun and very easy to stage!
  • Still Twenty-Nine
    10 minute comedy, 1 man, 1 woman
    Life is quiet, simple, and routine for stodgy retiree, Earl, until Aileen, his fun-loving wife, jostles the norm by joining a motorcycle club!
  • Love in 4/4 Time
    40 minute play for aging awareness
    Two couples, confronted by the reality of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, forge ahead into life’s undefined future with humor and honesty.
  • Tech Support
    15 minute comedy, 2 men and 2 women or 2 either
    An older person calls tech support to get their new computer and printer working. On the other end of the line, somewhere in Calcutta, India, tech support is anything but helpful!

 

2) Set up royalties, cast copies, and get a Streaming License

Livestream is a live production but it’s done online.  When you decide to perform online, contact us for a Streaming License. You’ll be asked about the platform you are going to use such as Zoom and when the show will be staged.

Once you select a play to perform, you then pay for cast copies for cast members, crew, and directors plus you pay for royalties per performance. These fees are due when you perform for any audience. An audience is defined as any group you perform for, whether they pay or not, whose members include anyone who is not in your acting class or theatre troupe. In terms of royalties and cast copies, a play performed online is no different than a play performed in person.

 

3) We are here to help you

No matter how small or large your question or concern, we are here to help you in any way. Don’t hesitate to contact us.

 

Onward, together!

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