LANESBORO — The lights are back on at Commonweal Theatre, even if your view is still from home.
Professional resident ensemble member Stela Burdt invites you to take in a cabaret from your couch. Burdt will host “Stela’s Clear Blue Morning,” a virtual performance and collaboration from the stage available to stream Jan. 15. She will be joined by members of the Commonweal ensemble for 11 performances and songs. Three of those musical numbers will include the entire Commonweal company.
All done virtually.
Long before the pandemic began, Jan. 15 was set to be a gala day of performances. That's Scott Dixon’s birthday, Burdt’s late husband and former Commonweal professional resident ensemble member. He died of cancer in 2018. In 2019, Commonweal established the Scott Dixon Memorial Fund. The fundraising performance and celebration of Dixon’s life were planned long before the pandemic.
“Those plans quickly changed in the last 10-11 months,” said Jeremy van Meter, communications manager for Commonweal.
However, when things go off script, veteran performers know how to improvise.
The performances will be recorded and combined into one production that can be streamed beginning Jan. 15. Proceeds from tickets will go to the Scott Dixon Memorial Fund.
Josiah Robinson, who made his Commonweal stage debut in 2019 as Dennis Sanders in “Sanders Family Christmas,” is doing the sound and video editing of the production.
Burdt may have had to change the method of delivery, but her performance and message are sincere, said director Alan Bailey.
“She’s speaking to people, and is surrounded by people who know her specific challenges of the last few years,” Bailey said in the announcement of the show. “She doesn’t need to state those challenges directly, but simply realizes that these viewers know and care.”
If you go
What: "Stela's Clear Blue Morning"
When: Streaming Jan. 15 through Feb. 14
Cost: $25 minimum donation; $50 or more for access to the blooper reel. All proceeds benefit the Scott Dixon Memorial Fund.