Performing Arts making plans during Covid

David Miller, Staff Writer

Fine arts are in limbo this school year. Uncertainty over issues such as distancing performers, seating audiences, and sanitizing props and instruments leaves teachers in fear of halting their students’ passions. The CMR Drama department, in these consequential times, has hope in its plans for the year.

For the International Thespian Society, “Trick Or Treat So Kids Can Eat” is an important event for the Great Falls community, bringing donations to the CMR Food Pantry. In previous years the event resulted in large community interaction, with Thespians going door to door asking for food donations while in costume. 

Following new COVID guidelines, setting up donation tables outside of local grocery stores is what this year’s “TOTSKCE” will look like.

CMR Drama is bringing more frights to Halloween with “Poe in the Parking Lot.” The drama department is taking over the parking lot between Pride Field and the practice field on Halloween night to bring terrifying readings of works by Edgar Allan Poe alongside campfire stories. The event will bring some classic works of literature to a wide audience in thrilling and intriguing ways.

December is a ray of hope with plans to perform the play “A Monster Calls.” The show will be directed socially distanced with a reduced audience. This challenging piece of theatre has only been done in one other high school in the country, and the CMR Drama department is willing to take on the challenge. 

Instrumental and choral concerts are slated for the near future as well.