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Shorecrest Drama's Original Musical Comedy Series, More Than a Feeling, Now Streaming
While many people had a “pandemic project” or two over the past year, Shorecrest Theater Director Andy Kidd went far beyond the raised gardens and crafts we’re used to hearing about. He teamed up with his musical collaborator, Chris DiStefano, to write and produce an original musical comedy series. They got some help along the way, with students taking on much of the filming and editing duties.
More Than a Feeling is a seven-episode musical comedy series that debuted on May 21 on the Shorecrest Drama YouTube channel at http://bit.ly/SCDrama.
You can view the series for free, but there is a suggested $10 donation to the Shorecrest Theater Program to help offset the production costs should you feel inspired to contribute.
The premise of the series is that Shorecrest lands a one-night-only reunion concert of one of the hottest boy bands of the 2010s—One Direction—and a chance for one lucky student to be featured as the opening act! But before the big night, forces beyond anyone's control threaten to thwart everyone's dreams.
With book, music, and lyrics by Kidd and DiStefano, and featuring Shorecrest Drama students as performers, episode directors, and additional songwriters, More Than a Feeling is a quirky musical comedy about a group of high school kids facing an extraordinary challenge and discovering the power of community.
Now that production is done and students have been able to see the final product, they’re grateful for the skills and opportunities to contribute they had along the way. “I’ve really enjoyed the opportunity to improve my film-making skills alongside such a supportive group of directors and talented actors,” said Jude Ziliak, Shorecrest junior. “Getting to see someone act out a powerful scene or perfectly edit a complicated sequence of clips has brought me a lot of joy throughout this process. It’s really amazing to work with such talent.”
Senior Abi Brittle agrees. “I feel really lucky to have had the opportunity to create, even with all the limitations and anxieties of our time,” she said. “Nothing can replace live theatre, which is why I’m glad we didn’t try to, and instead created something new and wonderful.”
If you’ve seen a Shorecrest Drama play or musical before, you know how high quality their productions are, and More Than a Feeling is no different says Kidd. “I really want people to see this because I really want them to see how great these kids are, what they can do and what they are capable of,” he added.