It has been a long 15 months for the performing arts scene in Missoula. The pandemic was hard on every art form, but particularly those that (by their very nature) require people to meet together in a dimly lit room and share space, air, and intimate moments with one another.
It was really hard, but Missoula never stopped finding new ways to produce shows. We all did what we could to keep the spirit of music and theatre alive during the past year. We saw theatre performed outside in unorthodox venues, music performed outside even in disagreeable weather, music streamed live from people’s kitchens and living rooms, and plays recorded and experienced on phones. Here at the ZACC we produced over 35 streaming shows, which we dubbed the Social Distance Sessions. These performances are a testament to the talent and perseverance of the incredible performing artists who call this place home. Though the pandemic was basically all downsides, we were pretty lucky to see and share so many great shows with the world through the marvels of technology. We hope that these performances will continue to provide joy for many years to come, as anyone can view them for free on our Zootown Arts YouTube Channel in perpetuity.
And now, after over a year of busting our creative brains to think of ways to produce live shows without a live audience, it’s over (or getting there at least). We seriously couldn’t be more excited to be producing live performances for live audiences again. And we hope you’ll join us this summer, and experience music, theatre, comedy, and other live performance as it should be — in person.
On with the show,
ZACC Marketing, Events, & Community Outreach Coordinator