Claremont Secondary students Georgina Love, left, and Caelan Veenstra will play Scaramouche and Galileo Figaro during the school’s virtual production of We Will Rock You from March 3 to 6. (Photo courtesy of Laura-Jane Wallace)

Claremont Secondary students Georgina Love, left, and Caelan Veenstra will play Scaramouche and Galileo Figaro during the school’s virtual production of We Will Rock You from March 3 to 6. (Photo courtesy of Laura-Jane Wallace)

The show goes on virtually for Claremont’s annual musical

The musical theatre class will perform for a virtual audience from March 3 to 6

The show must go on, even during a global pandemic.

That’s the outlook for Claremont Secondary School students who aren’t letting COVID-19 upstage their annual musical.

The school’s musical theatre class will perform We Will Rock You, a play set in the future and based on the hit songs of Queen, through a live stream for a virtual audience from March 3 to 6.

Students will be masked on stage and technical tools such as multiple cameras, mic’d up singers and added ambient noise pick-up microphones will try to create the best viewing experience possible for the virtual audience.

“Obviously performing to their friends and family is a highlight for anybody who’s doing school theatre, but rather than cancel, we decided to take the old adage that the show must go on,” said Colin Plant, Claremont’s musical theatre teacher.

He added the streamed performance might even give people who would normally miss the live shows a chance to tune in.

The students were reassured back in September that there would be a show, whether it was in front of a small crowd or online.

“Rather than losing this great opportunity, they will embrace going online,” Plant said.

Approximately 65 students from Grades 9 to 12 will make up the performers, crew and orchestra involved in the show.

The school was originally going to do Footloose for this year’s play, but its rights holders haven’t given schools permission to stream that show, Plant said.

They went with another jukebox musical — where a series of songs from an artist are put into a narrative — in We Will Rock You. The story takes place hundreds of years from now in a postmodern world, where a global corporation is trying to control music and rock ‘n’ roll is forbidden.

“The message of the play is one of don’t give up, follow your dreams and following rock ‘n’ roll,” Plant said. “It’s a musical really about discovery of yourself, but there’s no doubt, the songs are what make this musical special.”

The students have grown to love the timeless Queen songs and the 2018 film Bohemian Rhapsody helped bring the band back into the spotlight, Plant said. “It is fun to see these young people sing the songs that people of my generation and older were singing.”

The theatre teacher commended the students for being resilient and following COVID-19 restrictions since they started preparing for the show back in September.

“It’s really been wonderful to see our students adapt, support each other and still continue the tradition of performing musical theatre at Claremont,” Plant said. “They are doing so well under such adverse conditions and we are, as teachers, so proud of them.”

The show starts at 7 p.m. each night and tickets will be available soon on the school’s website.

Saanich

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

My FED Farm, created by Food Eco District (FED), is aiming to help people affected by the COVID-19 grow food in their own back yard. The program is in collaboration with Sooke Region Food CHI, Transition Sooke and the Sooke Garden Club. (File - Black Press Media)
Sooke backyard food program returns

The Sooke Backyard Food Program is returning for a second year. Sooke… Continue reading

Father Marinaldo Batista, who served at Catholic parishes in Saanich and Sooke, died April 1 in Brazil from complications of COVID-19. (Facebook/St. Elizabeth Church)
Brazilian priest who served in Saanich and Sooke dies from COVID-19

Father Marinaldo Batista, 53, went to Brazil to visit his parents and died there April 1

Colwood resident Maria Curcic shows off a one-of-a-kind hat that she created. Curcic is one of several artists that took part in the annual Stinking Fish Studio Tour. (Contributed - Maria Curcic)
Curtain closes on Stinking Fish Studio Tour

The Stinking Fish Studio Tour will live on through the lasting legacy… Continue reading

Colwood restaurants can use city property for patios. (Black Press Media file photo)
Temporary patios back on for Colwood restaurants

Council voted to extend temporary permits to 2022

A photograph of the real firearm beside the replica firearm seized by VicPD in the early hours of April 18. (Courtesy VicPD)
Police seize loaded firearm, drugs during traffic stop in Victoria

Officers find cocaine, methamphetamine and fentanyl along with loaded handgun

Public health restrictions on non-essential travel and vacation bookings are being increased in B.C. (B.C. government)
Out-of-region B.C. vacation bookings, RV ferry reservations to be refused, Horgan says

B.C. extends COVID-19 indoor dining, group fitness ban until May 25

(New Westminster Police)
4 youth arrested after 30-person brawl in New Westminster leaves 1 seriously injured

Police are looking for witnesses who saw the incident take place

South Surrey’s Paul Cottrell, who works with the DFO, tows a grey whale out of Semiahmoo Bay Sunday. (Contributed photo)
Dead whale floating near White Rock towed to shore for necropsy

Animal has been dead since at least April 15

Wickaninnish (Clifford Atleo) plays the drum while singing the Nuu-chah-nulth song on the court steps in Vancouver In a picture from April 2018. Photo credit, Melody Charlie.
Five western Vancouver Island First Nations celebrate legal fishing victory

Court ruling confirms Nuu-chah-nulth fishing rights in case dating back to 2003

Sunday’s storm rocked one of the ferries crossing Kootenay Lake. Photo: Dirk Jonker
VIDEO: Storm makes for wild ferry ride across Kootenay Lake

The video was captured by ferry employee Dirk Jonker

Dr. Bonnie Henry gives her daily media briefing regarding Covid-19 for the province of British Columbia in Victoria, B.C, Monday, December 7, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
BREAKING: Toddler marks youngest British Columbian to die related to COVID-19

Child one of eight people to die from virus this weekend

Chakalaka Bar & Grill remains open in defiance of orders from Island Health to close. (Cole Schisler photo)
Island Health seeks injunction against restaurant defying COVID-19 orders

VIHA says Ladysmith-area Chakalaka Bar and Grill also violating water and sewer regulations

Pharmacist Barbara Violo arranges all the empty vials of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines that she has provided to customers at the Junction Chemist which is a independent pharmacy during the COVID-19 pandemic in Toronto, on Monday, April 19, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
B.C. to open up AstraZeneca vaccines for all people 40+, set up clinics in hot spots

A total of 13 neighbourhoods and communities will receive the AstraZeneca vaccine

Most Read