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CALGARY, AB – Music and Play is excited to announce the production of the world’s first youth virtual musical – THE SHOW MUST GO ONLINE!

Beat by Beat Press has been working hard to create The Show Must Go Online!, a ground-breaking musical specifically written to be rehearsed and performed remotely.  While a typical Beat by Beat Press show takes a year or more to create, given the unprecedented circumstances, the creative minds at Beat by Beat Press challenged themselves to deliver a new musical to the world to help theatre kids everywhere during these challenging times…and deliver they have!

While we are happy to add this new production to the year-end work of our own musical theatre classes, we also know that MANY young people’s theatre dreams in Calgary have been sidelined by COVID-19.  So, Music and Play is also excited to provide the opportunity for as many interested youth performers (aged 7-17 in Calgary and area) as possible to be involved in this world-premiere show.

How will that work?  Well, the show’s creators have crafted a 25-scene show for a cast of 20 performers of all ages (plus a ‘teacher’) that will run approximately 40 minutes. Participation in the show will be open to anyone within the age range and in order to accommodate everyone who would like to be involved, we will be creating as many casts/productions as needed to ensure that no on gets left behind during this crazy time.

From the creators: “This show was created during the COVID-19 pandemic when schools and theaters were abruptly forced to cancel their stage productions. ‘The Show Must Go Online’ was made specifically for all the young performers and communities affected by this unprecedented circumstance.  When creating this show, we thought hard about what kids and drama teachers are going through at this time and tried to work those themes into each scene. We also wanted to make sure the show was super silly and fun to help lift spirits when we all probably need it the most.”

With so much darkness in our world right now, Music and Play is excited to once again support the amazing talent and creative minds at Beat by Beat Press and we hope that you will join us on this unprecedented (and fun) online adventure!

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