Many South Florida theater companies are reaching out online to stay connected with their communities with free opportunities for interaction and learning, among them New City Players in Fort Lauderdale, MNM Theatre Company in Palm Beach County and Miami New Drama in Miami Beach.
New City Players has long been committed to being part of the community as a whole, and has been an active user of the Internet to further their goals.
Here’s what they have on tap:
Late Show Live with NCP: The plan is every night at 9 p.m. the company will go live on Instagram with a different South Florida theatre artist, with drinks in hand, reputedly “until we get through this pandemic and theaters have safely reopened their doors! Our motive: to bring attention to the South Florida Theatre League Relief Fund and raise money for artists in need!” The company’s website stated, “We’re talking to a different theatre artist, singing songs, playing games, and getting wacky. This past week we sang duets, had a puppet show, played Pictionary, argued about Star Wars, and learned a new home workout. Go the company’s Instagram site.
City Speaks Livestream: Friday, April 10 | 7 p.m. The company’s ongoing townhall style events focuses in this session on true stories from those impacted by autism spectrum disorder as part of Autism Awareness month. The company examined the subject earlier in October in a stunning drama, Falling.
NCPLab: Monday, April 13th | 7 p.m. Every other week, this will be a gathering
of artists. This session, write a 1 to 10-minute play based on the prompt “Well that was embarrassing…”. On Zoom, the group will read the plays and connect as artists. You are also free to just watch if you’d like! To register, visit https://www.newcityplayers.org/lab
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MNM Theatre Company, which present musicals at the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach, has created a project dubbed #MNMSings (the hashtag is reportedly important) “for people who would like to be virtually serenaded during these times of isolation and quarantine due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” its new release stated.
MNM performers are in the process of creating videos of their favorite songs they performed in previous MNM Theatre Company musicals that can be viewed on the company’s YouTube channel.
So far, you can see and hear Clay Cartland singing “Shouldn’t I Be Less In Love With You” from I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change; Mark Kirschenbaum singing “I Like Him” from his role as Sancho in Man of LaMancha; Caiti Marlowe singing “Hopelessly Devoted To you” from Grease; Michael Scott Ross singing “Fantasies Come True” from Avenue Q, and Gaby Tortoledo singing “I’m Only Thinking of Him” from Man of LaMancha. T
To hear them, visit the MNM You Tube channel.
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Miami New Drama has already been offering free live online workshops led by accomplished local talents and has several other.
To take part, you need to register at https://tinyurl.com/t25tgve. If you miss the livestream, a recording will be sent to you if you’re signed up. Future classes will be listed on their website: miaminewdrama.org
FRIDAY, APRIL 10 // 3:00-5:00p
Actor Lana Gordon discusses the journey of a professional from auditioning, to living and performing abroad, to starring in Broadway’s hottest show. No two acting career paths are alike and Lana will share the ups and downs of her own journey and lessons she learned along the way. Register at https://tinyurl.com/vumt4uc