With the mass cancellation of live theater events everywhere, performers of all ages have lost long-awaited performance opportunities.

Confident Voice Studio and Portland Musical Theater premiere the first musical written to be rehearsed and performed virtually and it’s all online. The Show Must Go Online, a musical by Jessica Penzias, with lyrics by Dave Hudson and music by Denver Casado, is presented through special arrangement with Beat by Beat Press. It’s the hilarious story of a group of passionate students desperate to keep their annual musical alive – online.

Directed by Deanna Maio, founder of both Confident Voice and Portland Musical Theater, the play was designed to be rehearsed and performed virtually, so performers can continue participating in theater safely at home, and the audience can enjoy the story and performances in their homes.

“In a time when performers around the world are sitting at home, bored, not singing, not acting, not being a part of a show, now they have made history and brought some hope and joy to an online audience,” Maio said.

It debuts Saturday, May 16, 7 pm at TheShowMustGoOnlineMusical.com.

See confidentvoicestudio.com and portlandmusicaltheater.org.