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George Brown, dean of the David Orr Belcher College of Fine and Performing Arts at Western Carolina University, conducts a virtual rehearsal with the cast of the School of Stage and Screen’s upcoming presentation of “Love’s Labour’s Lost.”

Western Carolina University students and faculty will present William Shakespeare’s “Love’s Labour’s Lost” online via Zoom. The livestream is scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday on several social media platforms.

For the past few weeks, 15 students and two faculty members from the School of Stage and Screen have been rehearsing the Shakespeare comedy over Zoom. Students have logged in from home, some as far away as Oregon, New York and New Jersey, George Brown, dean of WCU’s College of Fine and Performing Arts and director of the “Zooming Shakespeare” production, said.

“For approximately two hours every night, we join together in this virtual space to rehearse the play in ways not so different as we would in a face-to-face setting – focusing on character, action and language,” he said. “We play a little with physicality as well, but that is limited by our being tethered to the computer.”

The production will be streamed on the WCU School of Stage and Screen Facebook page and the main WCU YouTube channel, as well as the university’s main Facebook channel and the Bardo Arts Center Facebook channel. Links to several of those social media channels, along with additional event details, can be found at arts.wcu.edu/virtual.