A week after auditioning for the annual Lansing High School Talent Show, students learned spring activities at the school were being canceled due to concerns about the coronavirus.
But the talent show has carried on in a virtual format.
“We just moved it online,” said Kylie Visocsky, head drama sponsor at Lansing High School.
She said students have been submitting videos of themselves performing their talents. And these are being placed on social media.
A new video of an act is placed online each evening.
“A lot of the kids were upset that the talent show had been canceled,” Visocsky said.
Visocsky said she proposed the idea of the online version of the talent show to a group at the high school known as the Thespian Board.
“I really wanted to do something to uplift their spirits,” she said.
Traditionally, the Lansing High School Talent Show takes play in an auditorium over the course of one or two nights.
Visocsky said the online format being used this year provides students with a larger platform than before.
She said some group acts previously planned for the talent show could not be part of the online program. But there are 12 acts for the virtual show.
The virtual talent show began last week with the first video being posted on what would have been the opening night of the traditional show.
About half of the videos have been posted so far. The final video will be posted next week.
Visocsky said the videos are generally posted during the evening hours on “Lansing Theatre” Facebook and Instagram pages. She said videos are not posted on Sunday evenings.
The Lansing High School Talent Show is being hosted by students Evan Johnson and Quincy Mack, who have recorded videos introducing individual performances.