NEW ALBANY – The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted many live performances, but New Albany High School Theater Arts is picking up the pace with its spring musical.
New Albany High School Theater Arts’ “Grease” production begins Friday. The musical is open to the public in person, but the public will be encouraged to socially distance themselves and masks are required.
Student actors with solo songs and lines will perform without a mask during their scenes, but the ensemble members will remain masked throughout the performance.
Amy Miller, theater director at New Albany High School, said it was “so nice to come back to such a great, fun and popping musical.” In the fall, the program featured a smaller musical performance with around 25 students and tighter social distancing rules, but this is the first large-scale production of the school year.
“The energy and disposition of the children changed as more of them were able to come to school during the day and have more regular rehearsals and tackle a full show again,” she said. declared.
Miller said “Grease” was a perfect fit for this group of students, and they “really took the music out of the park.”
“It’s just like the classic movie,” she said. “The music is really the highlight of the show, and it contains all the great songs we know and love from the John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John movie.”
Miller is thrilled to be back with the audience, she said, and she thinks the theater program is “full of energy” right now.
“Usually we just end the year at that point – now we end,” Miller said.
The show takes place April 16, 17 and 23 at 7:30 p.m. and April 17, 18 and 25 at 2 p.m. To purchase tickets, visit https://newalbanyhs.booktix.com/ or call the box office at 812-542-2290.