When Upstage staff started planning for an in-person summer, they weren’t sure exactly what it would look like. The challenges of engaging kids, many of whom had not been back in a group setting for over a year, with masks and social distancing restrictions, were daunting to say the least. “Even so, we were determined to provide a fun, safe space for kids to re-enter the world through musical theatre,” production manager Tara Kawakami tells us. “We did just that this weekend as we wrapped a fully realized (with all the bells and whistles) production of Wizard of Oz, Jr. at the Women’s Club of South Pasadena, masks and all.” Upstage has been working all summer with a talented team of directors and choreographers as well as the set and technical design expertise of James Jontz.
Kawakami says to look for their Community Programs in September with productions of Once Upon a Mattress and Legally Blonde, Jr. exclaiming, “We can’t wait!!” For more info visit UpstageSchools.com