Grey Wellington Theatre Guild creates virtual show

MINTO – Unable to take to the stage due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Grey Wellington Theatre Guild members recently got a chance to treat the acting bug by participating in an online production.

A Zoom-style video production provided an ideal way for a cast to get together safely and Once Upon a Helpline was born.

Originally designed as a radio play before the group decided to go video, the script, written by guild member Megan Raftis, revolves around the action at the Nottingham Non-Emergency Helpline. The story features a cast of characters drawn from favourite childhood tales, seeking assistance with offbeat issues.

Suitable for all ages, the production, which features 13 performers and runs about a half-hour in length, will be posted online in the near future. Viewing is free. Watch the guild’s Facebook page and other social media accounts for release details.

GWTG president Peggy Raftis explains the show was put together primarily to help guild members connect and do a bit of acting as the group works toward an eventual return to the stage.

“We thought it would be an enjoyable way to keep doing theatre and had so much fun we decided to share. It is a lot different than acting on stage, so this was a great learning experience for us all,” she stated.