By Luce Cada '23
Every year, Notre Dame’s VAPA team presents a fall play, which is produced, directed and performed by students. Instead of having a regular play this year, they chose to have a drama festival, which is a performance consisting of scenes from different playwrights, including Shakespeare, ND students and outside sources. It will potentially be broadcasted through Zoom live in the future.
The cast consists of students from each grade level, approximately 11 in total. There were also two assistant stage managers (ASMs) who were also students. Their rehearsals were held over Zoom three days per week. One of the positives of working over Zoom was that “it was easy to coordinate scenes because of breakout rooms”, according to Aparna Prabhakar ‘23. But, she mentioned it was still hard to react to people online. Despite these setbacks, they were still able to make it work, and they are planning to film on January 29th and 30th. They will be using the set made by ND’s tech crew as well as the costumes that were made by the theatrical design class at ND, which is an elective during school.
Even though the drama team wasn’t able to put on a full-on production, it gave them an opportunity to showcase the creativity of ND’s students and how they were able to work around a new situation. Be sure to watch out for the release date of the show!