Virtual Theatre School production raises more than $2K for student COVID relief fund 

Screenshot of a virtual performance of Three Sisters & Co.

George Brown’s graduating theatre students impressed audiences with remote performances and raised money for fellow students struggling financially due to the pandemic. 

A fully remote run of Three Sisters and Co., an adaptation of the play by Anton Chekov, ended its eight-show run on April 17, marking a first for George Brown’s Theatre School. The graduating students of the Theatre Arts – Performance program rehearsed and performed the show remotely. Audiences watched live on YouTube. 

The show attracted hundreds of viewers — just over 600 tickets were reserved — and it raised $2,600 for the George Brown College and Student Association COVID Relief Fund, which provides financial assistance for full-time students financially impacted by the pandemic. 

Director Rob Kempson said the production was a “testament to the possibilities of digital live performance.”  

“This fine ensemble of actors ensured that Three Sisters & Co. was an artistic success from start to finish. Whether in the creation process, or merely just in navigating the difficulties of performing online, the students had to think creatively, use every element of their artistic training, and remain flexible. This energy, alongside the design work of our incredible creative team, buoyed this production and made it unlike anything else I've ever seen online,” he said. 

"Our success relied on the energy and engagement of the ensemble, and they did not waver. It was a great pleasure to work with these students on this piece, and an even greater pleasure to watch them succeed again and again through the course of the production run. I cannot wait for the opportunity to work with each of them again in the future!”