High school theater department puts on "A Murder is Announced" for first live performance in two years
The Bellefonte Area High School drama department is putting on its first play of the school year with “A Murder is Announced." It's also the first live-theater performance in the auditorium since November 2019. And on Wednesday, students performed a run-through of the play that will be held for an audience 7 p.m. Nov. 18-20 at the high school auditorium.
"I heard some students saying, 'this feels so good to be back on stage'," said Eric Brinser, choir and theater director. "This isn't a job; this a passion project, and part of who we are and didn't have it available for so long. It's bringing back a little piece of their soul that has been missing."
Last school year, drama students performed a variety of small scenes from plays they wouldn't have normally been able to do with a full production due to content or casting. Those scenes were recorded and then streamed online.
This school year, there are still pandemic restrictions in place, but with a little more freedom, Brinser said. All cast members will be unmasked when they're on stage, but are required to be masked otherwise, and while having separate individual hair and makeup kits to reduce interaction.
About 33 students are part of this season's production, which is based on Agatha Christie’s books of the same title.
*By Brit Milazzo, public relations director, BASD