COOKEVILLE – The stage is set for Cookeville Performing Arts Center’s (CPAC) next production – “Conversations from Backstage.”
“Since we are limited in what we can offer the public in the way of performances, we created this project to provide some online content and entertainment for them to enjoy at home,” Chad McDonald, Cookeville Leisure Services cultural arts superintendent, said.
New episodes will be posted every Thursday starting April 16 at 7 p.m. on the Cookeville Leisure Services YouTube channel, featuring conversations with people in the local theatre community. First up will be CPAC’s own Steve Gwilt, who has directed and acted in numerous productions.
“We hope to give viewers a glimpse of what it’s like to be on stage as a performer, backstage as a stagehand and part of the show-making process,” McDonald said. “We want viewers to learn about what it takes to produce a performance from beginning to end and to learn a little about the people who make that happen.”
CPAC, like other Cookeville Leisure Services cultural arts and recreation facilities, has been closed since mid-March to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
McDonald said online projects like “Conversations from Backstage” are important during this time of social distancing.
“We want those in the community who love the arts to know that we are working toward the time when we can enjoy performances and events again without fear or concern,” McDonald said. “We will be able to be gather again, and it is our hope that this project will give greater insight to the process and make for a fuller experience when they return.”