The show must go on

Young artists find support as spring shows are canceled

With the stay-at-home order still in effect and schools shuttered through the end of the year, all of the concerts, plays and musicals have also gone dark. But it doesn’t mean the talented artists and musicians in Granite State schools have stopped creating and being inspired.

One New Hampshire school got a personal message straight from Broadway.

The Shaker Road School, in Concord, was to perform “Beauty and the Beast Junior.” While it’s disappointing that it won’t be happening, a message from Susan Egan – the original Belle, on Broadway – was certainly uplifting.

Her message to the kids: We understand the heartbreak.

“I will say this, you guys are all very creative. And what I’ve learned during this whole pandemic is that artists and creative minds more than anybody, they’re able to weave and bob through these obstacles, to use their talents – and you have tons of talents – to create messages through technology and send them to people who might need to be uplifted,” she says.

And then, of course, there’s a show-stopping tune.

Others are still finding ways to perform.

The Pelham Memorial Middle School performs “Earth Song” by Frank Ticheli:

Timberlane Regional High School, in Plaistow, was set to stage “Pippin.” As a salute to the cast and pit orchestra, senior bassist Katie Burke (full disclosure – I might know her) streamed some of the soundtrack from her home.

Songs from 'Pippin'

Today was supposed to be the opening of 'Pippin.' Since we can't do that, I thought I'd play a couple of songs from the show here, for the cast and pit orchestra.

Posted by Bill Burke on Friday, May 8, 2020

Pippin the musical would have opened last night and Katie is disappointed she didn't get to play in the pit. But she's still been practicing her chops:

Posted by Amy Burke on Friday, May 8, 2020

And finally, perhaps the finest use of the Zoom/orchestra approach, if only because it shows what happens when people around my age/musical taste start running music programs.


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