‘House Party’ brings theatre and dance to the whole family

The Cornell College Department of Theatre and Dance has gone virtual for its premiere of an original film, “House Party.” Harkening back to the television musical variety shows of yesteryear, “House Party” hits the virtual world on Friday, Oct. 16, and will stream weekends through Oct. 25.

Jenna Makkawy and special guest, Mason Greve (puppet), sing a song by a green screen.
Jenna Makkawy and special guest, Mason Greve (puppet), sing a song by a green screen.

This virtual production is great for the whole family. It includes special guests The Pork Tornadoes, heartwarming humor, crazy costumes, dance, and puppets. Featuring Cornell senior Jenna Makkawy, “House Party” follows the story of Makkawy, stuck at home and all alone, as she finds magical worlds of music behind every door. Conceived and directed by Scott Olinger, Makkawy’s story was written around the choice of tunes that will have audiences singing along. 

Join the Department of Theatre and Dance for the virtual premiere online or in-person at the outdoor watch party on the Cornell College campus, Friday, Oct. 16, at 7:30 p.m. Registration is required. 

All Mount Vernon and Cornell College COVID-19 precautions and procedures will be followed. Masks and physical distancing are required and attendance will be limited to 50 people. Audience members are asked to bring a blanket and join in the live virtual discussion as they watch the show. There also will be free popcorn. If people can’t join in on the watch party, participants can register to watch the show on their own schedule through Oct 25.

Viewing is free, but registration is required for both streaming the show and for the premiere watch party. For registration information, visit crnl.co/watch. This production is entertainment perfect for the whole family.