On April 1 and 2, students, teachers, and parents of Dana can view SOCSA’s production of “Little Women”, directed by senior Steven Mayo. Tickets are currently available for purchase on the SOCSA website. This year will look different due to the coronavirus. Instead of all gathering together in the porthole, a link of the recorded play will be sent to those who purchased tickets. The link to the show will be accessible by 12:01 a.m. on the 1st until 11:59 p.m. on the 2nd, so that everyone has 48 hours total to view the performance at their convenience.
Acting since 2013 in various summer programs at different children’s acting academies, Mayo knew he wanted to join SOCSA after auditioning at the end of eighth grade. Since freshman year, Mayo has performed in numerous SOCSA productions, such as “Cats the Musical”, “The 25th Putnam County Spelling Bee”, “Curtains the Musical”, and “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown”. Even though Mayo is not pursuing theater or directing as a major in college, he is planning on continuing his love for the theatrical arts through community theatre.
Although this is Mayo’s first time directing a larger show like this one, he is confident the cast and crew will leave the virtual audience in awe. Drawing inspiration from directors such as Barry Jenkins and Greta Gerwig, and actors like Jonathan Groff, Mayo is ready to execute “Little Women” with perfection.
Mayo decided on the renowned book, play and movie “Little Women” “because it [is] both such a beloved story and because it [is] very easy to be done in the current circumstances”. The coronavirus has had a massive impact on how SOCSA operates as a whole. Masks and gloves are required at all times, as well as maintaining six feet of social distancing between everyone during production, including the actors on stage. However, Mayo tried to keep the casting and auditioning process as normal as he could. Per usual protocol, each person performed monologues for the character they wished to audition for, and then waited for a call back to a subsequent audition, and so on.
SOCSA’s production of “Little Women” is bound to bring about some of that familiar Dana greatness. So Dana, clear your schedules for next Thursday and Friday, pop some popcorn, and enjoy Mayo’s rendition of “Little Women”.
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