Oregon artists savor each moment as they return to the stage for the first time in a year

Joint byline with Bill Poehler

Performers had a large part of their identity taken away over the past year. Some tried performing virtually or in small, socially distanced shows. Playing to a camera or in front of a distant, masked audience was a poor substitute for what it’s like in front of a full, live one.

And audiences became hungrier for live performances than ever. As they return now, they show up early, mingle with friends they haven’t seen in years and experience something they didn’t know if they would be able to do again.

Read about local performers’ experiences here.

Published by Natalie Pate

Natalie Pate is the education reporter for the Statesman Journal in Salem, Oregon. She is originally from Colorado and earned her B.A. in Politics and French and Francophone Studies from Willamette University.

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