While live theatre and performances have been some of the most impacted industries during the pandemic, for Regis College and Lasell University’s theatre collaboration the show is going on. The partnership’s third production “Just Another Day” will premiere virtually on Monday, April 26, at 7 p.m.
“Just Another Day” is an original musical theatre cabaret about college and high school-aged characters navigating every day challenges. It features songs from Broadway hits including Newsies, The Greatest Showman, and The Waitress.
“It was definitely a challenge but it’s also nice we were able to do something,” said Regis College student Libby Parker ’23. “I hope people can see that theatre can still happen in a crazy and dark time.”
Parker, who is a veteran of the stage, plays the role of Riley. She said what makes “Just Another Day” so unique is the students played a significant role in developing the story and characters, including selecting the character names.
“Both Regis and Lasell students have worked diligently to produce this play,” said Michael Smith, director of the Regis College Fine Arts Center. “I am especially grateful for their dedication considering the circumstances. This production is a testament to their commitment, and I hope the Regis and Lasell communities will join us.”
Production began earlier this semester with Regis College students using one of the practice rooms in the Fine Arts Center to record their parts. Because of COVID-19 restrictions, students sang their songs while listening to the instrumental version through headphones.
“When we initially planned on the show being in-person we started working with the head director on learning the songs and stage blocking,” Parker explained. “But with it being virtual we have worked more closely with the musical director. You think it would just be you and a camera but there are so many pieces and technologies that had to be used.”
To RSVP for the show, email firstname.lastname@example.org. And make sure to stay tuned after the show for a special announcement about the partnership’s next production.
“We’ve had the remarkable opportunity over the past three years to collaborate with Lasell University and to bring our students together in performance,” said Smith.