Playshop unveils spring musical -- The Theory of Relativity

Despite a year of unprecedented challenges, a group of students at Norwich Free Academy is abiding by a familiar mantra -- the show must go on! 

And for NFA Playshop, that show is the annual spring musical. The group has produced The Theory of Relativity which will be available for streaming May 7, 8 and 9 for $15 per device. Access and more information is available at

“We hope this show stands as an example of how we’ve persevered through the past year-plus of struggles,” said Philip Trostler, director of NFA Playshop. 

Trostler said 15 students, abiding by all health guidelines, recorded their singing separately and were filmed separately lip syncing to their recorded tracks. All of this took place before hours of mixing and editing was done to make this feel closer to a normal in-person spring musical. Duets and groups, he said, were all done individually. 

It’s a tribute, really, to our students,” said Trostler. “They were committed and diligent. It's remarkable that we were able to produce and perform three shows this year.”

Proceeds from the show will support the NFA Class of 2022. 

About the show:   

From Drama Desk Award nominees Neil Bartram and Brian Hill, The Theory of Relativity is a joyous and moving look about our surprisingly interconnected lives.  Whether you're allergic to cats, in love for the first or tenth time, a child of divorce, a germaphobe or simply a unique individual, audience members and actors alike are sure to find themselves in this fresh new musical.

Through a seemingly unrelated collection of songs, scenes and monologues, The Theory of Relativity introduces a compelling array of characters experiencing the joys and heartbreaks, the liaisons and losses, the inevitability and the wonder of human connection.