Murrieta theater group Bohemian Arts maintains activity despite the coronavirus pandemic

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Emily Schwank

Intern

Bohemian Arts, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing arts programming in Temecula and Murrieta, is still active and planning events during the coronavirus pandemic.

“Bohemian Arts officially launched in December 2019 out of my family and my desire to start a theater company with a focus on arts education,” Sean Barnett, the artistic director of Bohemian Arts, said. “We want to be a hub for artists from all kinds of industries and backgrounds to come together and create and tell stories. A sort of artistic playground.”

The organization moved to a virtual setting to ensure the safety of all participants.

“Since Bohemian Arts’ virtual launch back in June, we have been presenting exciting, online programming for free such as classes from arts education directors Danielle and Jillian Barnett, panel interviews with entertainment industry professionals including Kimmy Shields from Netflix’s ‘Insatiable’ and most notably, our Quarantine Cabaret Series which has featured musical theater performers from all around our Southern California region singing songs from the safety and comfort of their homes,” Barnett said.

They planned on performing a show in the fall but ultimately decided to cancel it due to the pandemic.

“When we are able to gather in large groups again and where it is safe, we will be moving forward with a full-scale musical that will hopefully happen around late summer 2021,” Barnett said.

Despite the setbacks, Bohemian Arts is planning a full-scale show in 2021.

“For our musical, we do have a few titles that we are bouncing around doing but a formal announcement would probably be around February or March 2021, if the show goes on that summer. We are also working on ‘The 24 Hour Plays Online,’ a live Zoom performance where members of our Bohemian Arts family will be put up to the task of writing and staging four original 10 minute plays in 24 hours. In terms of other virtual events, we are in the process of putting together a few new interviews and classes via Zoom that will eventually appear on Facebook and Instagram throughout the end of 2020,” Barnett said.

Emily Schwank can be reached by email at valleystaff@reedermedia.com.