RIDGEWOOD, NJ -- HomeGrown Host Stephanie Willoughby spoke with Ryan Pifher, Owner and Artistic Director of Porch Light Productions, a theater company for children, to see how he was faring during the pandemic, after Porch Light was featured on our HomeGrown: Ridgewood episode last fall. 

Willoughby heard good news: they have found a way to continue despite New Jersey’s stay-at-home order. “We still have a business. We are still teaching classes,” said Pifher. “We’re super happy to just be able to get up every day and continue to do what we love.”

Porch Light has been using Zoom video conferencing to continue to teach online classes in their “virtual studio.” They have implemented a new online portal that allows for students to quickly obtain all links and materials for each class that makes following along at home easier.   

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Porch Light will even be broadcasting a student production online for an upcoming performance of Bonnie & Clyde. Already, they’ve held auditions and are currently rehearsing together in the virtual Zoom studio. 

This summer, they initially planned for virtual day camps, but as New Jersey began to reopen, in-person day camps were permitted, with social distancing and other adjustments in place. Currently, both options are being offered this summer. 

Pifher is grateful to the dedicated students and families who continued with them, despite the challenges of the pandemic.  “If they believe it’s possible, and we know that it’s possible,” said Pifher, “we can create anything, anywhere.” 

To learn more about Porch Light Productions and see their current programs, visit them online at www.porchlightproductions.org.