BROOKSVILLE — It is not a traditional form of theater — neither a musical nor a drama, nor even song and dance. Instead, it is "human video," a dramatic performance, set to music, that tells a story through a combination of acting, interpretive dance, lip- synching and pantomime techniques.
"Human video is not in the (text) books, but it bridges all various art forms," said Susanna Rosario, the drama teacher at Hernando High School.
The presentation will be showcased in a Human Video Extravaganza at 7 p.m. today in the school's performing arts center. The show will include all Rosario's acting students, who will perform to songs from Disney movies. The actors' stories will be told through rhythmic physical movement, to communicate emotions, whether to make the audience laugh, weep or just think.
What started as a talent show fundraiser is now the third year that Rosario's students have performed a human video show.
"It's great for shy kids," she said, since they do not have to speak or sing.
It will be a judged show, and will include an "audience choice" award. Included in the admission price is a vote for a favorite performer. Additional votes cost $1 each.
Beyond high school, Rosario said, some of her acting students have been able to further their theatrical talents: One student has gone on to perform as Belle at Walt Disney World, another became a television news anchor, and yet another has appeared in national commercials. And they each performed in human videos at Hernando High.
"It's amazing nobody else is doing this," Rosario said.