Written and performed by 10 Stanford undergraduate students who are part of the Stanford Theater and Performance Studies (TAPS) Summer Theater program, the virtual play “Cerulean” brought the sorely missed performing arts back into our lives for two hours. The performers wrote and rehearsed the production remotely for eight weeks, their hard work culminating in three shows from Aug. 6-8, all free of charge, performed over Zoom and broadcasted live on YouTube.
We had seen the numerous progress pictures and Chloe Ting’s own reaction videos to successful results from her challenges. Despite the daunting idea of physical exercise, we were excited to see our own results — after all, it was just suffering for two weeks.
One of the earliest hit regions of the novel coronavirus, the Bay Area has remained largely under shelter-in-place orders for almost three months. Students have had to transition to using virtual platforms for all their usual activities, ranging from school to internships and even sports practices. Yet, an often overlooked aspect of many students’ lives that has been considerably affected, especially in the region, is classical music.