Members look forward to the Stage One festival and plan to host shows written and performed via Zoom
Students at the WSU campus have worked to create an environment where people can safely practice their art and love of theater during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Nuthouse Improv director Emma Dexter said club members are happy to have a space where students can still perform. They look forward to Stage One, the club’s one-act festival later in the semester.
August Zamzow, the club’s chief financial officer, said there were tentative plans to host the written and student-produced shows through Zoom.
During a typical one-act festival, students perform four different one-act plays, Dexter said. The festival is also open to students who wish to present the work of other playwrights.
“If there are students who have one-acts they want to conduct, they can come up with their own [plays] too, ”Dexter said.
The festival is open to anyone who wishes to participate, Zamzow said. One-act submissions are due 11:59 PM Friday and can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
“Auditions are cattle call auditions, which means you just come, you don’t have to prepare a monologue or be ready for anything. [specific], “they said.” We break people up into big groups and the groups will do activities together and sometimes read scripts depending on what the director wants. ”
Dexter said the club believe these group auditions will be more comfortable for those who wish to attend.
Dexter said there are several ways of virtually operating that have changed the way STAGE attendees interact with each other, but the club is making the most of their situation regardless.
Financially, Zamzow said the club are spending less money because one of their main expenses is renting spaces to perform. The COVID-19 pandemic prevented the group from meeting in person.
“I would give Nuthouse Improv Comedy and our director Emma Dexter a helping hand for really embracing the Zoom format and trying to see what new ways we can express ourselves and practice this art that we all hold dear in a format that doesn’t. puts no one in danger. “Zamzow said.
In order to maintain social distance and ensure the safety of the community, they have organized their shows on Zoom. Dexter said they are also discussing plans to hold Zoom workshops in the future.
Dexter said that while the group is looking forward to returning to the in-person performances, they are keen to maintain ties with current cast members who do not live in the Pullman area.
“I think everyone really wants to be in person again,” Dexter said. “I think mostly for shows that would be super awesome.
Since the organization hosts improvisation shows every week, students have several opportunities to get involved throughout the semester.
Zamzow said there are shows every Friday. Interested students can attend these shows to find out if they are interested in the club.
Rehearsals start at 6 p.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, Dexter said.
“When you come to the rehearsal, you can keep your mic and camera off if you’re nervous, or until you want to participate,” Dexter said.
Club members plan to go over technical information on acting and improvisation at the start of rehearsals for those interested in learning more, Dexter said.
Zamzow said there are also ways for students to get involved with STAGE by doing behind-the-scenes work.
“We also have open meetings once a week, that’s kind of a business aspect,” Zamzow said. “We discuss what parts we’re going to do if we don’t have enough bids, we go over money matters and things we’re interested in spending money on.”
The club has been more active on their Instagram and Dexter said interested students can keep up to date with current updates.