Producing a Live Stream Musical of Opening Night in Just 24 Hours
Theater students at Bishop Shanahan were so excited about their fall production of Elf The Musical, especially during a year when much of their school experience was happening at home due to Covid. The school’s administration came to us in hopes we could bring the event to everyone at home, so the students could still have their moment in the spotlight, and family and friends could still see them shine.
We’d seen graduations and Christmas masses, but not too many local event live streams, so we were really excited and up for the challenge. But when new Covid restrictions were put in place in the days leading up to the live stream musical, Koi-Fly was left with just 24 hours to make magic happen.
We had an alum on staff who already knew the nooks and crannies of the school.
Our assistant producer Erin Versaggi had graduated from Bishop Shanahan, so when the team found out we were on a strict deadline, her knowledge of the school and the theater setup made it easier for us tech scout and tech rehearsal at a moment’s notice.
We covered every angle of the stage with our cameras so our audience could feel like they were there, watching in person.
In order to really make this livestream performance special, we covered every angle of the stage with cameras so we always had a great wide shot to showcase the incredible set, and could lean into beautiful close-ups of the actors to really capture their emotions and move the story along seamlessly.
We created festive graphics and rolled credits at the end to make it feel like the audience was watching an actual movie.
The students were so proud to pull off opening night, so our proud work paid off. “There’s really nothing like seeing the faces of everyone involved up close, and it felt really special being able to show all the students in the auditorium to their parents and grandparents at home,” Erin shared. “It just all paid off in the end.”
In this ever-changing world, livestream is truly able to connect people around the world with shared experiences. There’s nothing more satisfying than being able to bring some sense of normalcy to students who’ve put blood, sweat and tears into a performance in hopes it would still pay off even if they weren’t performing in front of a typical live audience. It’s like Buddy the Elf always says, “The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear.” We’re just happy we could bring that cheer home this year, and can’t wait to hear what’s up for next year’s production.