Baylor Theatre Arts says it is now prepared to stand center stage despite social distancing challenges | The Baylor Lariat

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By Mallory Harris | Staff Writer

Although COVID-19 has shut down performing arts across the country, many TV shows and movies have safely collaborated together to continue to produce public entertainment. Art is learning to adapt to the techniques developed during the pandemic. The Department of Drama and Art looks forward to the new results and expectations of this semester.

"Whether it's fall or spring, we work with student actors, designers, and technicians to make works. They look very different," said Dr. DeAnna Toten Beard, director of the Theater Arts Department.

Beard said that there will be four performances this semester and the department is happy to start work. She said that rehearsing, building furniture and designing works are schools for these students, so it is very important for them to practice safely.

During the rehearsal, there are strict regulations on wearing masks, social isolation and air purification systems. As the performance approaches, there are specific protocols that allow students to perform without a mask after the COVID-19 test result is negative.

Beard says all four

This semester will proceed in accordance with the agreement. Three of them will be recorded and presented in a virtual way, and one will be performed outdoors. One of them is written and directed by teacher Stan Denman, and the other is directed by graduate students.

"Making works is an important part of our students' learning style; they learn how to make sets, costumes and chandeliers. They learn how to act. They learn how to conduct stage management by doing things in class and then applying it in the production laboratory. "So, we can't help but call it'good training'."

Houston senior Peyton Wood said she would like to thank the teachers in the department because they are committed to providing education for all these standards.

Although the students are still performing in the fall semester of 2020, Wood said the scale of the performance is smaller than usual. She said that since then, they have learned to perform safe rehearsals, and at the same time they have added a few dedicated performers.

When Beard taught theater history in the course, she said that working in the classroom was her favorite part. She said that theater is important because it is a way for performers to share stories in the community. Beard also said that in today's society, the connection between narrative and human health is crucial.

By cultivating students’ curiosity, artistry and courage, and seeking tolerance and diversity in the industry

They strive to build a close-knit community.

Hud said: "Live theater, even live theater streaming to a computer, provides a way to interact with others and safely explore human life so that we can use the muscles of compassion and compassion."

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