The Performing Arts Festival Committee has received all video submissions from applicants and is working to post the compiled video to YouTube on Mother’s Day.
Marie Brady, the vice-chair of the festival committee and director of information and system technology at Riverside Healthcare, said they have received all 50 video submissions and are compiling them into a performance. Before COVID-19, the Performing Arts Festival would get anywhere from 150 to 200 videos.
“It’s probably about an hour and 45 minutes worth of video that we just received,” Brady said. “So, we’re just compiling that together now into two or three separate little videos that are about 30 to 35 minutes each that will be posted to YouTube.”
The links to the YouTube videos will be shared on the festival’s Facebook page and website on Mother’s Day.
“We mostly had piano submissions. We did have a Good Friday [themed submission] and had a couple of guitar submissions,” Brady said. “We had some vocal submissions. We did have one performer who did a reading from Anne of Green Gables, which was great. We did have one drama submission.”
Brady said they worked around all technical challenges to successfully upload all their videos to the shared drive.
“There were some teachers that did the video recording, as opposed to the student doing it or the parent,” Brady said. “And we made arrangements for them to upload all their videos to a Google Drive.”
Brady said since this is not a competition, any video submission will be part of the complied YouTube video.
“We did ask that people only submit one performance per person. Most people adhered to that,” Brady said. “We did have a couple that submitted two [videos] and I think we allowed two for the couple that did it.”
The great deal of flexibility around this year’s virtual festival stems from the fact that it is not judged by adjudicators and applicants could do it from the comfort of their homes.
Brady said she hopes this flexibility is reciprocated in the way audience watch the videos on YouTube.
“Please do not zoom through and look for the performance of your own child or grandchild. They might listen to other people’s performances as well, because the essence of the festival is to share our highlights and experiences.”
Finally, Brady said they will work to compile the videos so that you do not have three or four piano performances in a row.
“You’ll get different age levels. It would be like a variety show.”