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Students at G-Star School of the Arts holding virtual performance of Shakespeare play

'You'll see some really, really good acting,' director says
G-Star School of the Arts
Posted at 2:18 PM, Apr 01, 2021
and last updated 2021-04-01 18:51:52-04

PALM SPRINGS, Fla. — The show must go on!

That's what students at the G-Star School of the Arts are saying as they take the stage virtually to perform William Shakespeare's classic play "The Taming of The Shrew."

Elizabeth D'Amico, a tenth grader at the school, is one of 12 cast members in the play.

"It's a very different experience, trying to learn how to set up at home and learning how to act to a camera because I never do that. I’m always used to being on stage," D'Amico said.

Elizabeth D'Amico, G-Star student
Elizabeth D'Amico is one of 12 students from G-Star School of the Arts performing in the play.

She described the process of filming the play at home.

"The meeting set up, and we were like listening to each other, and we were performing on our phones. Then we would end the recording and then I spend 45 minutes trying to upload it as quickly as we can," D'Amico said.

The director of the play, Janice Webber, said after students submitted their videos, they put it all together to show the audience.

One of the greatest challenges Shakespeare faced was how to perform to an audience during a plague.

It's a parallel the world is living through today.

"It’s kind of ironic isn't it," Webber said.

Janice Webber, G-Star Performing Arts theater instructor and play director
Janice Webber says all of the students worked hard to put together the play in a virtual setting.

But the students and staff are doing it all in a reimagined fashion despite the challenges. It's something that school leaders believe would have made Shakespeare proud.

"It’s an interesting show to watch. It's not your typical Shakespeare, but you'll see some really, really good acting and some really good characterizations," Webber said.

The school is performing online shows both Thursday and Friday at 7 p.m.

"We all worked very hard. It was a very long rehearsal process that I wasn't even there for most of, but like everybody worked and put in so much effort. We really created something beautiful," D'Amico said.

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