1 Month into Quarantine, the scheduled opening night for ART Gala arrives. Considering we can’t leave our houses, we definitely can’t perform in a theater together.
So the ADC team devises a plan to make it memorable!
A tradition of ART Gala is our yearly slideshow. This photo montage showcases all the highlights of the year & usually makes everyone nostalgic for those good times with friends.
Win! A photo montage is do-able through zoom.
BUT . . . it’s also a downer since we can’t even see each other in person right now.
So, we knew that we needed something more. We decided to invite a beloved past teacher, Andrea Ekmark, to do a Zoom Class with our students from her home in Colorado. She was going to be a surprise mystery guest, who would reveal herself after the slideshow.
With the plan in place, ART students were instructed to log-in for a surprise Friday evening. We played the slideshow. They cried. Andrea revealed herself & then they cried tears of joy.
At the end of the class, I thanked them for attending our fun night & wished them a good weekend, when suddenly, . . .
there was a surprise for ME.
The dancers had filmed themselves dancing in their homes to one of the songs in our Production: You Will Be Found from Dear Evan Hansen. It was the most beautiful representation of their love for dance & their commitment to never giving up.
I hope you enjoy it as much as I do: