Switching To Online Classes

August 20, 2020 | By Kimmi Neuschulz

Let’s talk about the elephant in the room… COVID-19.

Now these past 6ish months haven’t been easy on anyone, but it’s been especially hard on our theatre community. Our industry relies on face-face interaction, and that’s kinda hard to do when we have to stand at least six feet apart with a mask on. However, having just finished my last semester of college online, earning a degree in musical theatre, I can tell you…it’s still possible.

In March when I found out everything (including my graduation) would be cancelled for the remainder of my senior year, I was devastated. But one of my professors wrote to all of us in an email and reminded us of this quote:

“Champions adjust” –Billie Jean King

And that is EXACTLY what we are doing here at LUX. The art of creating and making music won’t stop just because it seems like the world has. Our students and faculty are determined to keep our community alive and our artistic juices flowing!

So how are we doing that exactly??

We’ve switched to online classes via Zoom! And I know what you’re thinking… “It’s just not the same.” And you’re right. It’s not. But from personal experience I can say that there are things I learned as a theatre artist over Zoom that I never would have if we were still doing things in person.

Having to dance without a mirror helped me improve my pick-up skills and it made me hyper-aware of my body alignment, making it easier to adjust myself when something felt off. And this translated to my singing too! Because I was more aware of my body, I picked up on some physical habits I had while singing (like jaw tension) and was able to correct myself when I noticed it. Also, with lack of in person auditions I’ve had to submit a lot of self-tapes, and it has helped me GREATLY with my filming and editing skills!

Our students at LUX truly are champions. They’ve adjusted so well to this new way of learning, and are still having a blast. This past session, we did such amazing things working online. We had weekly group classes, including improv and short film classes as well as weekly private lessons. We had a Broadway masterclass with Kathryn Alison (she was in the Broadway productions of Aladdin, Wicked, and Company!). We had another masterclass with...me! We even did a virtual voice recital. Check it out here:

So, yes, we are in some trying times right now. But I think creating and making art is such a light in the middle of the darkness.

All you need is a computer and some WiFi! Come join us at LUX as we start up our fall classes! Maybe take a voice lesson or brush up on your Shakespeare:

Two households, both alike in dignity In fair coroVerona where we lay our scene

Get it?!...No?....Ok...

From all of us at LUX, we hope you stay safe and healthy, and we can’t wait till we can see you all in person again. But until then…the computer awaits!!

Kimmi <3

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