When the pandemic gives you lemons, make lemonade.
Perhaps this is the lesson the kids in the Michael Krop High School Performing Arts Magnet Program learned. Restrictions related to the pandemic have prevented theater students from putting on shows or even rehearsing together in person.
“We couldn’t even participate in theater competitions this year, and we were state champions last year,” said theater teacher Jamel Booth, a former student at the school. “We had to think of the most creative, corona-free way to not only rehearse and produce the performing arts, but also allow audiences to see them. “
As soon as Miami-Dade County Public Schools authorized group rehearsals, Booth decided that his class would make a movie, a feature-length musical called “Fun and Fancy Free.” It is a vehicle to let the students do what they do best since they could not stage their usual productions.
“They hadn’t been able to perform together for over a year, sing together for over a year, dance together, feed off each other’s energy, so it was very important for them to be able to do that, ”Booth said.
Keep in mind that these are kids of musical THEATER, so this movie project is almost a silver lining of the pandemic, because now they have the experience that they wouldn’t have had any other way.
“I would say more than anything that it broadened my horizons for my ideas for the future because before I was so in love with the stage,” said Joshua Reaves, a junior in the program.
“At first, I wanted to make a film, that’s my aspiration, I want to make a film, and it really fueled him now, I see it, I felt it, now it’s full steam ahead”, added Joshua Lyons, a senior. who graduated yesterday.
The kids have learned all the different aspects of making a movie, and that is perhaps the best part: they screen it in the school’s north parking lot at the end of County Line Road, which they turn into a theater drive-in with two large screens.
The screenings are scheduled for Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening at 8:30 p.m., with doors opening at 7 p.m.
Booth hopes they will attract enough audiences, at $ 20 per person, to make up for any fundraising the program lost during the pandemic.