No, it won’t be a typical production with the hundreds of spectators in the audience, but the Jackson High School (JHS) Drama Club and Director Cathy Lord have that “show-must-go-on” mentality and will present its annual Fall Play this coming weekend.

Director Lord announced the Drama Club will be stepping back in time to salute the “Golden Age of Radio” this Friday and Saturday evening, Nov. 20-21 at 7 p.m. both evenings in the Jackson Middle School Auditorium. Due to the COVID-19 situation and the need to practice social distancing, both live performances will be limited to members of the students’ immediate families. There will be no ticket sales to the general public.

“A unique year calls for a unique format and for the Fall Play this year, the Drama Club will be performing a radio show using scripts that were once broadcast live over the airwaves,” Director Lord explained. “As such, our production is entitled "BROADCASTING LIVE!" Scripts to be used include a comedy sketch from the Phil Harris/Alice Faye Radio Show, the first episode of the Origins of Superman and the movie classic Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

Lord also stated the directors and students are working hard to make the production as safe as possible while still giving the students the experience they deserve to have while participating in a high school play.

“It has been a difficult year for everyone, but we want to make every effort to give our talented students their moments to shine,” Lord commented. The COVID-19 situation forced the cancellation of the JHS Drama Club’s spring musical, Matilda, last spring.

“The JHS Drama Club is working diligently to follow current state and local health guidelines so that our students have an opportunity to perform,” Lord observed. Both participating students and the limited number of persons permitted to attend the performance will be expected to follow current state and local health guidelines that have been put in place.

In order to give the general public an opportunity to see this year’s Fall Play, the Drama Club is working with the JHS Media Team to create a recording of a performance which is expected to be available for viewing on the Jackson City School District website during the week of Thanksgiving.

The JHS Drama Club would also like to thank Total Media (The Radio, The Telegram, Cable Channel 15, Zip Printing and Slingin’ Ink Screen Printing) for sponsoring "BROADCASTING LIVE!"