We all know the saying: ‘The show must go on’, and that’s just what the performing arts sector is doing, even when faced with COVID-19 social distancing.
With a little help from videos and live platforms like Zoom, budding singers, dancers and actors can continue to attend classes and rehearsals online, much to the delight of kids – and parents – everywhere.
JAM Performing Arts (JPA) at North Lakes is one local business switching up its teaching model to ensure students don’t miss out, while classes in-studio are suspended.
As JPA owner Danica Edge explains, when in-studio classes wrapped up in late-March, the staff rallied to create engaging and accessible video content.
This resulted in the launch of ‘JPA on Demand’ – a first for the studio and an unexpected opportunity for the business to branch out by trialling online jazz, hip-hop, lyrical, ballet, tap, and contemporary.
And the result?
“We did a set of test online classes with our competition kids (performance teams), and the response was phenomenal,” says Danica.
For kids, it is especially proving to be a real winner, allowing for active engagement, support and a sense of community - even from a distance. There’s certainly no fear of missing out here.
JPA On Demand offers a mix of pre-videoed classes, live online classes via Zoom, and even shared content from international groups.
Classes are charged per week, similar to a gym membership, where members have unlimited access to a number of styles and classes.
ROAR Performing Arts Academy at Redcliffe is another local business getting creative and going digital when times are tough.
The Academy, which offers acting, dancing and singing for young people aged five to 18 years, has not only taken its term two classes online but is also paving the way for virtual rehearsals.
According to ROAR Principal Madeleine Johns, auditions for its musical GREASE (High School Edition) were conducted over the Easter break using Zoom, and online rehearsals are now underway.
And while some aspects of performance are out of the question for the time being, such as group choreography and chorus singing, she says it’s “amazing” what can be accomplished online.
With passion aplenty, the spotlight remains firmly on performing arts in the Moreton Bay Region.
Looking ahead, Madeleine says ROAR is planning to stream more events and classes, and even bring back Radio Play (using solely music, dialogue and sound effects). It’s a throw-back to days gone by.
Calling all performers - ROAR Academy has some exciting cash and coaching prizes up for grabs with the announcement of a new, online Talent Time competition.
The competition is open to all performers aged five to 18 years (not just ROAR Academy students), and will be judged by a panel of industry experts – all online!
ROAR Talent Time kicked-off on April 27 and will run for four weeks. Each week, three finalists will be selected, before the 12 finalists perform in a Grand Final livestream on Saturday, May 30.
Want to get involved in Talent Time or other upcoming productions? Get in touch with ROAR Academy today.
On this weekend – STRANDED – views from Quarantine will be presented as an online monologue play this Saturday, May 2. ROAR’s drama troupe and advanced performance classes (ages 11-18 years) have combined to bring audiences this unique play – a series of monologues – telling different stories of isolation and quarantine. How fitting! To watch, tune into the ROAR Academy Facebook page this weekend.
Loungerooms as the new dance studios and talent quests via Zoom? Now that’s the kind of ingenuity that deserves a standing ovation.
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