In Focus: Brainerd Community Theatre Puts on Virtual Play
Brainerd Community Theatre and the Central Lakes Community Performing Arts Program recently held a virtual performance of the one-act play “A Long Trip” by Dan McGeehan. The performance was held entirely online with spectators tuning in from their computers and cell phones.
“A Long Trip” is a story about an elderly couple and their journey of love. The couple is growing old and the wife, who is known as “the woman,” is slowly slipping away as dementia runs its course. The character known as “the man” discusses their love story so vividly that the woman begins to see a younger version of themselves falling in love and sharing their first kiss.
Director Patrick Spradlin had long discussions with his team about how to proceed with the performance in a virtual way in order to keep everyone safe. Spradlin says virtual performances are becoming the new normal, and the Brainerd Community Theatre will continue to offer virtual shows to reach a broader online audience.