It won’t be McVay, but the center for Principia performing arts this Spring will be your computer screen.

Viewers can attend the virtual performances listed below. And, in lieu of tickets, they can donate to the Principia Response Fund established to cover the extraordinary expenses that social distancing has caused, said John O’Hagan, head of the Creative Arts and Communication Division. Visit to make a gift.

Thurs., April 16 at 7 p.m. (CDT)– The Wild Goose Circus – The “Socially Distant” Read. Although the full production was cancelled, you can join a “radio” style reading of Russell Davis’s timely and uplifting story of a dysfunctional circus in search of its parade. Click here to register for the Zoom webinar.

Ringmaster Joshua Karabos is certain that if he can keep his rag tag circus together just long enough, the most amazing circus parade of all time will return and usher in a new era. Unfortunately fortune-teller Nikki Junod, a unicycling bear, and a troop of ominous Dark Shapes, think that perhaps the time of ringmasters is over.

Fri., April 17 at 7 p.m. (CDT) – Dance Production 2020. Get a front-row seat for the virtual presentation of the annual dance concert. Click here to register for the Zoom webinar. In this unprecedented time, 10 student choreographers will present their dances in two forms – works in-progress stage version and works in-progress dance-for-camera versions – same dance, concept, and dancers; two different mediums, two different results. Included is the virtual presentation of Dolce set on Principia dancers by guest artist Lynn Peterson, co-founder of SYREN Modern Dance (NYC based dance company) with student reflection on the rehearsal and workshop process with Lynn.

Sat., April 18, 2-2:30 p.m. – Dance Production 2020 Talkback: Join a lively conversation with the choreographers, designers, and director of Dance Production 2020. Click her to register for the Zoom Webinar.

Sat., April 18 @ 2:30-3 p.m.– The Wild Goose Circus Talkback: Join the cast, designers, and director for conversation. Juggling and gymnastics a possibility! Click here to register.

Mon. and Tues.., May 4 and 5 at 7 p.m. (CDT). An Evening of One-Acts – by the directing class – will be performed in a webinar format. Online location has not been announced yet.

ª Featured image by Dana Cadey