Baldwin Wallace’s Theatre and Dance department’s show, “Muses Anonymous”, began rehearsals on Oct. 5 with an outdoor reading behind Kleist, and will open in person on Oct. 29.
“Muses Anonymous” is BW’s only in person show this semester and the first of its kind to have the audio transmitted over the radio.
Sara Whale, the director of “Muses Anonymous”, said she chose to do a physical, in person show rather than a recorded show or a zoom show because it presented a unique challenge and opportunity of performing without a stage.
“I am always up for the challenge,” said Whale. “There’s always a way to [perform], it’s just going to be different.”
Whale added that “I knew early on that I still wanted to do absolutely live and in person. [Recorded shows] just are not the same thing to me.”
While the show will be in person, the audience will watch the show from inside their vehicles. Whale said that headlights will illuminate the performers in the Tressel parking lot for the night shows. The performers will wear microphones, and that audio will be transmitted to a radio station that those in the car can access. Eight cars per show are permitted to attend, with four people in each car that must be masked.
“Other theatre groups and dance companies have done this before,” said Whale.
David Stoughton, BW’s Theatre and Dance department’s resident lighting designer and an assistant professor of production design and technology, helped Whale with the logistics of sending audio into car radios.
“It’s pretty cool actually,” said Stoughton. “It will be like a drive-in movie.”
Stoughton added that he enjoyed working with Whale on this unique project, saying, “This show is a really cool mixture of technology and Sarah’s style. She asked if we could do this, and I said, ‘I don’t know, let’s find out.’”
“Muses Anonymous” features nine muses telling a “really tragic and heartbreaking” story, said Whale, adding that “it seems very seasonal for this time of the year.”
One of the muses, Cleo, the muse of history, is to recite a speech by Susan B. Anthony about women’s right to vote, something Whale thinks is very poignant with the election so close. “Election day is happening two days after we close our show,” said Whale. She hopes the show inspires students to vote.
“Muses Anonymous” runs for approximately 35 minutes and was performed on Oct. 29 and will be performed on Oct. 30 and 31 at 7 p.m. and again at 8:30 p.m.. On Nov. 1, the performances will be held at 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.. For more information or to get tickets, go to BW.edu/tickets .