Traveling to Great Britain may not be an option right now, so the Severna Park Stage Company is bringing England to Severna Park with this year’s virtual Rock ‘N’ Roll Revival XXXII: British Invasion.
“We've been wanting to do this for several years,” said director Angela Germanos. “We're going to highlight the 1960s and 1980s because there were two main invasions. Of course, we'll have numbers that are not British. We always do a supreme number.”
The event will feature songs from the Rolling Stones, Queen, the Beatles, the Kinks and many more of the “greats.”
“I think that it's a really integral part of the history of rock ‘n’ roll,” said student director Lucy Feldmann. “I think that's why it's probably been so highly requested.”
The cast and crew of 105 students has just started rehearsals on the show's 31 songs. This year’s show will even feature American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation from students.
Rehearsals are being conducted on Google Meet, but the students are responsible for perfecting their individual numbers on their own. The new format has been a learning curve for students and staff alike.
“We feel that it is important for the morale of the students and the community to have this event that has meant so much to everyone over the years as a signature event at our school,” said Germanos. “We feel that the additional headaches that doing it virtually involves are well worth the final product of doing this for them.”
While other events at this scale are being canceled all over the state, the Severna Park Stage Company knew that they had to do whatever it took to keep the Rock ‘N’ Roll tradition alive.
“To be able to have an event this year, even with everything going on, is really significant, especially because of the way everyone stepped up to make it happen,” said student director Nick Iver.
The students are making the most of the experience and getting creative with choreography, backdrops and songs.
“I think that backup harmonies and choreography are going to be really unique this year, because we're not having mic stands,” said Feldmann, who also assists with choreography. “I think that the way that will work onscreen is going to be completely different, which is exciting, especially as a choreographer.”
Though no concrete plans are in place, Germanos said they will film the show and most likely give the community access through a private Facebook group or YouTube link.
“I’m looking forward to people being able to see the ways in which we use the virtual platform to do some truly amazing things,” said student director Kaitlyn Mummert. “It might be a brand-new environment, but we aren’t letting that stop us from going all out and putting together some really fantastic numbers, just like we do every year.”
No official date has been set due to the pandemic. For updates and ticket information, visit www.sphsdrama.com.
“I think it's going to have a specific homegrown flair to it, just because everybody is in their house,” said Feldmann. “And I think that it'll really reflect to the community what we've all been experiencing throughout 2020, which is adapting. The fact that Rock ‘N’ Roll is going to be like this is going to be just a nice way to show everybody that the community spirit still exists.”