The show must go on!

BVCT actors rehearse via Zoom. Pictured, clockwise from top left: Tim Jones, John Hnat, Margaret Hnat, Ben Saylor, Barbara Wysocki and Judith Mazur.

While live performances have been put on hold, at Bay Village Community Theater, the show must go on! Via the technological magic of Zoom, the group will present a free reading of “The Big Sister,” a "Dragnet" radio script from 1955, on Saturday, June 20, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, June 21, at 3 p.m.

"I was disappointed that we had to cancel our spring production of 'Bleacher Bums,'" said board president John Hnat. "But we realized that our staged reading series was perfect for this new medium."

The cast has been rehearsing via Zoom from their own homes. Director Judith Mazur noted, “There are different considerations to take into account when performing on Zoom instead of live, so we did a test run with a limited audience last week, so we could get some constructive feedback.”

The cast features Ben Saylor as Joe Friday. Other cast members include John Hnat, Tim Jones, Barbara Wysocki and Margaret Hnat. The performance also will include sound effects just like an old-time radio show.  

“While we can’t provide refreshments,” laughs Hnat, “as audience members are let into the Zoom performance, they will be unmuted, so people can visit. Audience members will be muted at performance time and following the performance they will be unmuted to visit and provide feedback if they wish.”

If you would like to "zoom" in to see this free performance, email the theater at Include your preferred performance date and time in the subject line and the Zoom host will email you the link. We hope to "see" you at the theater!

margaret hnat

volunteer for Bay Village Community Theater. Am also a former journalist for the Chronicle Telegram and a freelance writer and assistant professor of English at Tri-C.

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Volume 12, Issue 12, Posted 9:47 AM, 06.16.2020