In theaters all over the world, there is a single light lit on a stage in a theater that is closed down. We call that light a "ghost light." The light symbolizes that although the theater itself is "dark" (no productions are happening), a light is left on for whenever the theater is open again. Seven weeks ago, our world was drastically changed here in Lubbock and around the world and our theater along with others across the nation was forced to close as we all went home to try to flatten the curve. While I was sad to think of all the magic that had happened there- amazing kids acting, singing and dancing, (some just the week before), I plugged in a light in the middle of our black box theater hopeful that some way or another the show would go on.
I was nervous about the challenge that at times seemed insurmountable but seven weeks later, I am amazed by how much we’ve accomplished together. We were in a position of not being able to do things the way we’ve always done them. But artists have always found ways to exercise their creativity and innovation in the most difficult times. Here at Hub we chose to accept the challenges in front of us by adapting the way we rehearse and perform our shows and have even written our own shows to be presented in digital format. We've consulted MEDICAL EXPERTS all along the way to make the safest decisions for our students, their families and our community and we are committed to continuing to protect everyone involved in our programs.
I had to go get some things from the theater yesterday and I stopped for a moment to think about this single light that has been shining alone on an empty stage for seven and possible for many weeks to come. But I was reminded that in everything we do and wherever we do it- in bedrooms, living rooms, backyards, garages and so much more a piece of this light is shining as kids remotely make theatre. We’ve been reminded that the theater was never about a place but rather about artists coming together- however they can- TO TELL A STORY. We long for the day when we can return together and make theatre in person, but for now, we will continue to make magic online and no matter what THE SHOW WILL GO ON.