Tech in the News: DramaTech’s Virtual Production of ‘Boom’ Addresses Existence, Science and More

Rehearsing 'boom' online

Posted June 25, 2020

External Article: WABE

DramaTech director Melissa Foulger was interviewed for a segment of City Lights with Lois Reitzes on WABE on June 25, 2020. Foulger discussed the challenges of creating the student-run theater's new production 'Boom' virtually.

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The production process has been entirely virtual from casting to rehearsals to performances.

“We were all in our own homes, and we would tune in to Zoom and practice initially with reading and then we started working on blocking and then adding components of tech. And next thing you know, we got a show,” Hughes said.

Each showing is live instead of taped in advance.

“It’s very scary sometimes,” said Foulger.

Hughes explains that not having audience feedback is a challenge. The actors can only hear each other over Zoom.

“It can be a little daunting when you’re not really sure how you’re doing,” said Hughes.

One of the goals Foulger had for creating the production entirely virtually was to share their experience with other theaters.

“Now that we’ve proven that it’s possible, the idea is that hopefully we can help other people to be able to do things like this and to give the feel of being in a theatrical experience even if you’re doing it virtually,” said Foulger.

Full interview on WABE