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Virtual Theatre Experiences from Theatre Raleigh

(The Triangle Trend) — Broadway, ballet, musicals, and theatre lovers of all kinds took a real hit in 2020 as theatres closed nationwide. Understandably, the tight spaces and large number of guests make theatres a health hazard and unable to conform to capacity limits.

Plenty of theatres stopped productions and went MIA, but Theatre Raleigh, located on Old Wake Forest Road in Raleigh, NC, has hopped on the digital bandwagon the rest of the country is on.

Known for their intimate theatre experiences in the heart of Raleigh, this nonprofit professional theatre organization is taking actions to drive social change—including bringing productions to the stage that tell stories of underrepresented voices. As a micro-community dedicated to diversity, equity, and inclusion, you’d be hard-pressed to find a better local theatre to support. We suggest taking a look into their history and most popular past showings here.

For up-to-date info regarding their online classes, virtual theatre experiences, social media challenges, and more, you can visit their virtual content page here.

Although not a conventional experience, Theatre Raleigh’s virtual productions still require lots of work and are done to bring smiles to the faces of those who love theatre.

You can watch all of their performances on their YouTube channel here, including LIVE experiences if you tune in at the right time. Among their “Living Room LIVE!” and other video specials, you’ll find something new to watch on nearly a weekly basis. For social butterflies, live videos even come equipped with a live chat for conversing with other watchers before, during, and after the show.

And we’re not talking about hastily-made clips—we’re talking about 1080p HD productions with quality content, dialogue, and commentary. Although you’ll find quite a bit more interviews and theatre-based live conversations than actual performances, you won’t be disappointed by their thought-provoking, educational, hour-long videos.

Living Room LIVE productions start with interview-style commentary leading up to a mini-performance by one or a few performers. These short performances vary but very well may include singing and music. And their performers are true professionals who offer a dash of that theatre magic and talent we’ve all been missing at home.

The theatre even produces a monthly virtual event called “Character Building”, where an exploratory conversation delves into how the guest star developed into the person that he or she is and how they create “the memorable characters we love on the stage or screen.” Here’s one of their showings with guest actor and Tony nominee Ariana DeBose on the Donna Summer Musical.

Viewers are encouraged to make a $10 donation if possible in place of what you’d have to pay for a ticket. After all, it’s up to their paid viewers to keep the theatre alive through the pandemic.

All of Theatre Raleigh’s 2020 showings were postponed to 2021, and unless otherwise stated, their Summer Series is starting in May 2021 and is already being booked.

You can buy your 2021 Summer Series Subscription here for one ticket to each of the five shows in our 2021 Summer Series lineup—totaling $200. Not bad for five performances.

Their Summer Series includes:

  • Into the Breeches: A tale about a director’s wife who sets out to produce an all-female version of Shakespeare’s Henry IV and Henry V.
  • Fun Home: A daughter’s coming-of-age story that features themes about sexuality and LGBTQ+. Also the Winner of the 2015 Tony Award for Best Musical.
  • Oh, What a Night!: Theatre Raleigh’s fourth showing of this seasonal favorite—a unique blend of modern broadway with “selections from Dear Evan Hansen, The Prom, Hadestown, Kiss Me Kate, Waitress, Come From Away, Frozen, and more.”
  • Peace of Clay: A coming-of-age story of an African American male in 1980s Southern America.
  • Chicago: A musical centering around a housewife and nightclub dancer who murders her extramarital partner.

Of course, we encourage you to check their website or socials regularly to stay updated with any changes. They can be found on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Happy theatre-going!

Theatre Raleigh, 6638 Old Wake Forest Rd.

Raleigh, NC 27616

(919) 832-9997

info@theatreraleigh.com

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Cierra Smith | Editor

Raleigh-born writer passionate about cultural awareness and social change. You’ll typically find me somewhere studying a language, writing, or doing pilates. Consider me a health-conscious foodie with an interest in all diets and lifestyles.

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