As has been said for eons in the theater world, “The show must go on.” At the moment, during this long and painful period known as the COVID-19 pandemic, some acting troupes have tweaked that mantra by replacing “on” with “online.”
City Theatre of Sacramento City College is one such organization. At 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 5, and again on Oct. 12, it will stage William Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing” and stream it live on Zoom. Viewers are asked to pay what they can, although $10 is suggested.
Recorded performances will be streamed at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 9, 10, 16 and 17, and at 2 p.m. on Oct. 11 and 18. Again, payment is requested but not specified.
According to City Theatre’s promotional material, “Director Christine Nicholson is setting the production 10 years in the future and will be utilizing the faculty expertise from both the live theatre and film areas of the college’s department.”
On the webpage where you can purchase tickets, the play is synopsized this way: “10 years from now we find Benedick and Beatrice don’t love each other. Claudio and Hero love each other. What happens next?” The webpage also contains a 36-second video that previews the production.