Despite COVID-19 restrictions, Wings Youth Theatre pull-off full scale music video production.
In August of 2020, with Covid-19 restrictions now becoming a regular part of our daily lives, Team Wings made the difficult decision to postpone our planned production of Annie Jr which was due to be staged in December 2020. However, we were determined to keep our young members connected and provide them with some much-needed escapism and excitement in these turbulent times.
Given that a performance in front of packed audiences was an impossibility, Team Wings' enthusiasm for facilitating performance for young local kids was to be tested to its limits. But we were not going to be deterred by the simple matter of a global pandemic! After many hours of Zoom, WhatsApp & socially distanced discussions, many of which contained the phrase, “No, we can’t do it that way, because of Covid”, we finally came up with the framework for our music video, “Sing”.
The ending of Lockdown #1 meant that we were, happily, able to run weekly rehearsals again (albeit in a socially distanced, masked manner). At the first of these, the youngsters embraced our music video plans wholeheartedly and threw themselves into learning the song, practising their shots and even making props for the video. They also gave some brilliant ideas and suggestions, many of which have made their way into the final cut.
The project culminated in two weekends that had the buzz and excitement of a full-blown show week: A day of audio recording in our makeshift recording studio (AKA the village hall) was followed by two jam-packed days of filming at multiple-locations across Mid-Sussex. Against a backdrop of regular hand-sanitising, mask wearing and social distancing, our Wings members rose to the challenge and we couldn’t be prouder of the final result and what they’ve achieved. We’re sure, when you watch the final video below, you’ll agree.
Click here to watch the video!