With help of green screen, Lawrence Arts Center’s fall ballet show goes virtual | LJW

By Lauren Fox on October 29, 2020

As the leaders of Lawrence Ballet Theatre considered how they would have a show this fall, they came across two problems.

First, they wouldn’t have the money to put on a show because they wouldn’t be able to have a full audience during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Second, they knew it wouldn’t be safe to have a finale with all 21 dancers on stage.

“The traditional performance wasn’t going to be possible,” said Hanan Misko, dance school director with the Lawrence Arts Center. “But we knew we had to perform.”

They had the lights. They had a camera. They had the talent. Then, they realized: All they needed was a green screen.

The Lawrence Arts Center’s “Trick or Treat Masquerade” show, which premieres on Saturday, won’t be a live performance. It will be a screening of a dance film featuring the 21 dancers in Lawrence Ballet Theatre.

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