Ottumwa High School putting on first production since Covid-19

Published: Nov. 25, 2021 at 12:56 PM CST
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OTTUMWA, Iowa (KYOU) - Soon, stage lights will blur the audience while actors are on stage performing, The Play That Goes Wrong.

It has been a while since the high school drama department got to perform in front of a live audience. Jeff Leonard, the Director, says Covid did a number on their ability to perform last year. Due to safety and restrictions, the cast had to perform virtually, which kept them from having a live audience.

So, this year he is preparing the students for the real reaction from people in the crowd. “So, getting the actors prepared for laughter and clapping and the things they haven’t had during rehearsals, they will get a taste of when we open.”

Empty seats from no audience members mean no ticket sales. Leonard says this is what the department relies on to fund next year’s play. Thankfully, last year the lack of funds did not affect this year’s play, all thanks to the school’s Be the Best Initiative. “So, we’ve been very fortunate with that and not having to rely on ticket sales.”

When it comes to finally having a production in person, Leonard says it means a lot to him. “For me, to direct in front of an audience is really everything, it’s what it’s all about.”

Quintin Hull, a Senior and Actor in the play, says it will be exciting to perform in front of a live audience. “I guess the rush of like clapping and people cheering will really change the atmosphere of how plays are performed, and I think they’ll be performed better.”

Anyone can see the play at Ottumwa High School December 3-5, tickets will be available at the door, or you can purchase them by clicking this link.

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