Stay, See, Do: Distance Theatre from Theatre Lawrence and online enrichment from the Watkins Museum
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Want to see clips from Theatre Lawrence’s 2000 production of “Big River?” They’re now online as part of Theatre Lawrence’s Distance Theatre blog.
The blog posts clips from previous shows and highlights the theater’s sponsors, other programs in the community and donation opportunities. There are even recipes for unique cocktails inspired by the shows.
“We wanted to put together something that would keep (everybody) still engaged with theater,” marketing coordinator Dani DeGarmo said.
DeGarmo said the Theatre Lawrence team is also trying to find live theater or previously recorded live performances that people can stream online for free.
In an April 1 post, Theatre Lawrence highlights a production of “One Man, Two Guvnors” that people can watch on the U.K. National Theatre’s Youtube page. Theatre Lawrence suggests making it a “night out” by pairing the show with a curbside meal from Arterra Event Gallery, part of the theater’s effort to promote other Lawrence businesses in its posts.
Distance Theatre can be accessed online on the front page of Theatre Lawrence’s website, theatrelawrence.com.
Online enrichment from the Watkins Museum of History
photo by: Mike Yoder
Every day of the week, the Watkins Museum of History posts enrichment opportunities for community members to stay engaged with local history.
“Anyone could visit the website during the week and find something interesting to them,” said Will Hickox, public engagement coordinator with the museum.
On Mondays, the museum previews the posts for the rest of the week. On “Terrific Tuesdays,” kids can find coloring sheets, crafts and scavenger hunts. On “Watkins Wednesdays,” visitors can find fun facts and images about local history. “Thoughtful Thursdays” posts provide links to a local resource and a national resource, both typically art- or history-focused. And “Friday Features” will tell a local history story and then ask readers to respond to it.
The Friday Feature on April 3 will describe young Langston Hughes’ experience being excluded from a local carnival because of his race, an incident that prompted him to write the poem “Merry-Go-Round.” Readers will be invited to write their own poems based on their current life experiences.
Hickox said the online content is part of the museum’s effort to stay engaged with the public and provide an online space for people to connect with local history.
The content can be accessed on the front page of the Watkins website, watkinsmuseum.org.