Patrick Henry High School in Roanoke has ventured into the world of streaming theater productions.
“The Drowsy Chaperone,” a spoof of 1920s musicals that uses an unusual musical-within-a-musical structure, was nominated for 12 Tony Awards and won five after its Broadway premiere in 2006.
The Patrick Henry High School Theater Department under director Michelle LoRicco has mobilized a cast and crew of 40 to bring this musical comedy to life — and has taken extra steps to mount a full production safely and make it available to audiences during the COVID-19 pandemic.
To avoid the potential for spread of the virus, the cast rehearsed virtually for months beforehand, pre-recorded their songs — working individually with music director Brandon Mock — and lip-synced them during the dance numbers while filming in full costume in front of colorful sets.
The students “now have voice-over experience with our makeshift studio setup in our costume shop,” LoRicco said.
The resulting movie of the PH Players’ “The Drowsy Chaperone” will be available for streaming at 7 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are required to access the streaming link, and admission is $10-$15. For more information visit www.showtix4u.com/event-details/49178.