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Alpine Theatre Project gets creative with production during COVID-19

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Posted at 5:36 PM, May 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-08 19:36:40-04

WHITEFISH — A Whitefish Theater company got creative with their production of Young Frankenstein after COVID-19 canceled their rehearsals and performances.

Luke Walrath, a teacher with Alpine Theatre Project, says the week after they began rehearsals for Young Frankenstein, the stay-at-home order went into effect.

He explained that the entire team got creative on how to continue the production safely with their cast which range in age from 12-to-18.

Walrath told MTN News that director Betsi Morrison decided to make a movie and in order to do this, they had to ship green screens and costumes to each cast member.

But Walrath says rehearsing and shooting a production entirely in isolation had its challenges.

"Was either on a group phone call, or zoom or something like that. And they would talk to each other," he said. "They would do the scenes simultaneously in three different locations, talking to each other so they could at least get the semblance of timing and reactions so the reactions were a little bit more genuine."

Young Frankenstein is available on the Alpine Theatre Project YouTube page for free.

Walrath said he isn't sure what the future holds for live productions at Alpine Theatre Project but hopes to find an outdoor venue where performances can take place and the audience can practice proper social distancing.