18.ask questions to,” said State High junior EmilyStoller.The rehearsal process is a vital stepping stoneleading up to the perfect production. Due tothe state of the pandemic, rehearsals have beenmodified in order to ensure COVID safety. Lastyear, the group held rehearsals after school inthe school auditorium. Now, everything is donevirtually.This year, for Women of Spoon River, Thespiansfinished their rehearsals for the productionduring the last week of October, and they heldthem in both large and small meetings.State High senior Anna Farris reflected on thisprocess. “We did Zoom rehearsals and thencoaching with groups of like two other people,”Farris said.This was a big change from last year, wherethe cast would be able to rehearse in person,collaborate, and build off of each other.“We don’t get to watch each other and learnfrom each other’s feedback, like in person, andthat’s really valuable,” Muramoto said.Muramoto added that while there were negativesto the virtual setting of rehearsals this year,“there [are] also perks, I guess, to doing thingsonline: you get to see yourself, you have morespace to film yourself, and see exactly where youcan improve.”As she commented on her last rehearsal, Farriscouldn’t help but smile.“My last rehearsal was on Friday. I think it wentwell. It was really cool because we did a full runthrough and we got to see everyone doing theirmonologues,” Farris said.The costume crew, also known as “pretty crew,”is a specialty which has had to adjust greatlythis year, due to COVID-19 restrictions andmandates.
19.Delta freshman Al Eburne, a member ofwardrobe design, explained what costumeslooked like for him.“What happens is the cast members really get toknow their characters and share their vision forthem, and we kind of work to bring it to life,”Eburne said.They also spoke on the artistic liberties he wasable to take with this production specifically:“It’s our job to add like a modern twist to whatis a more traditional piece and that’s alwaysreally exciting.”Farris commented further on the independencethat each cast member was granted, and howcreativity and collaboration were key factors inthis year’s costume design process.“It was really much more of a partnership, Iguess, between pretty crew and each character tocome up with the costumes. Rather than how ithas been in the past where it’s more of like ‘oh,this is my character, and pretty crew works onit,’” she said.While creativity is heavily encouraged, there arelimitations that come with the virtual setting.“We would research the character. We wouldresearch their personality and how they dressand their class and such,” Muramoto said.Rather than sewing costumes togetherthemselves, and making adjustments over longperiods of time, Thespians pulled costumesfrom Penn State’s costume library.“Sometimes we do pull costumes, dependingon the show, it’s just we used to have a lot morefreedom to make things for our costumes if wewanted to, especially with props,” Muramotosaid.Despite having to step over unforeseenboundaries this year, pretty crew managed toget their job done, and done well. Without