M Ensemble Company was able to continue our STUDENTS ON STAGE program virtually for four weeks. This program gave 25 kids from ages 6-15 the opportunity to participate in our ZOOM drama, music and dance classes. The classes were held every day with a rotation of each class for 45 minutes. Each participate received a hand delivered custom made xylophone to use an d keep for their music lessons. The kids were enthusiastic with having to learn and participate in something creative while adjusting to a quarantine life, They were able to perform a 30 minutes production which is presently in editing. However a trailer of Students On Stage can be viewed on https: www.you tube. com/watch?=mY-HszBZFql as we wait for more.
Another initiative that M Ensemble is pursuing virtually is New Works that reflects the African American experiences. We are seeking original works in 10- 15 minutes of length for streaming. We are presenting receiving scripts for consideration. This initiative will provide exposure to new playwrights and adapt to a possible 'new normal'.