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Out Of Hand Theatre Creates An Original Musical On Zoom

"Lag: A Zoomsical" will be streamed on May 30, then it'll be available on Youtube.
"Lag: A Zoomsical" will be streamed on May 30, then it'll be available on Youtube.
Credit Haddon Kime

No longer just a meeting platform, Zoom is now the foundation of a musical.

Out of Hand Theater presents potentially the world’s first original “Zoomsical.”

Director and composer Haddon Kime created a 10-minute musical comedy featuring eight new songs with four performers. It’s called “Lag: A Zoomsical.

“Lag is a metaphor for not just the technical glitches that sometimes happen with this video conferencing software, but also because our lives our lagging a little bit. Our bank accounts are lagging. Our plans are lagging. Our vacations are lagging. My child’s education is lagging. So there’s a lag going on and instead of calling it a musical since it’s on Zoom, we called it a Zoomsical,” said Kime.

“City Lights” host Lois Reitzes spoke with Kime and with singer, actor Minka Wiltz about performing on this platform.

When asked how Wiltz prepared to perform in this matter, she said, “It was daunting at first. I was excited, and I knew I had to do it because I had no concept of how to create [this way.] It’s such an odd idea to create with someone remotely. I accepted the challenge and was so grateful to be apart of it.”

The performance will be streamed on Zoom on May 30 at 8 p.m. It is free and open to the public, but you must register online first.