And The Whitewashing Kept Rolling In : Controversy Over 'Evita' Casting at MA Theatre

On September 5th, 2017 North Shore Music Theatre announced the cast for its upcoming production of Evita. To no one’s surprise, the cast features all non-Latinx white leads that include Nick Adams as Magaldi, Briana Carlson-Goodman as Eva, John Cudia as Peron, and Tony Award Nominee Constantine Maroulis as Che. This casting announcement follows a tradition of whitewashing a musical that features real life Latinx political figures. The production is directed by Nick Kenkel who manages to find an authentic Latinx cast (of volunteers) for Broadway Bares’ annual Latino number.

The Story of CCTA: How Theatre Artists are Raising Climate Change Awareness

Over the past couple of decades, it has become undeniable that climate change is happening, and is one of the most critical issues facing our planet. If bold actions aren’t taken to do something to reserve the current trends, scientists say that the long-term impact could be catastrophic. While our current political leaders are largely ignorant of these issues, that’s not stopping the artists working on the Climate Change Theatre Action initiative from doing what they can to increase awareness of what’s happening to our environment.

A Man Who's Bad or Good: The Complexities of CAROUSEL, Abuse, Trauma and Darling Mister Snow

“What's the use of wondering if he's good or if he's bad...”

My great-uncle, the late great Bishop Donald Pelotte told me a story as a child, about how good and evil exists in all of us. Instead of having a devil on one shoulder and an angel on another, the Abenaki people speak of a pair of wolves that live inside them that battle for dominance. When I asked him, “how do we know which wolf wins?” he told me, “the one you feed.” That answer has stuck with me my entire life. We had been talking about my biological father, and asking about life choices and their consequences (which I will get into a little later).

John Legend's Body Shaming Casting Call

Look, I have many opinions about the Donald Trump Presidency. I have even more opinions about those who supported him and still support him to this day. However, what I won't do is try to generalize nor try to stereotype who they are. 

I wish I could say the same for others, such as singer John Legend. 

What To Think About When Selecting a College Theatre Program

Once you've been selected to your dream school and it's the only place you want to go, then you won't have an issue. However, for those of you who might be admitted to multiple fantastic theatre schools, you've got some deciding to do. As a theatrical blogger, it's only this time of year when my worlds of theatre and my decade of college admissions experience collide. 

So, here are some factors to think about before you make your college deposits.

The Top 10 BFA Theatre Design & Tech Programs in the Country for 2017-18

Here at OnStage, we take months to research the best BFA programs to come up with our own lists. We base it off tuition, curriculum, faculty, career support, basically, everything you yourself would consider before making a college choice. We even have gone as far to call admission offices to ask them questions. 

We're going to do separate lists for each type of degree field. We've already done dance today we move onto Theatre Design & Technology.

Things are Getting Ugly with the Closing of The Great Comet

Anytime a Broadway show closes, there are a lot of emotions people connected with the show, go through. A performer friend of mine said they go through something similar to the "Five Stages of Grief"(denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance). Anytime this happens, some people deal with it better than others. 

Over the past month, the situation involving Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812 and its soon-to-be closing has been one of the biggest stories of the year. In my history, it's the first time where social media uproar played a huge role in killing the show. 

Now one would think that since news of the show's closing, the social media sniping would come to a halt. I was apparently wrong for thinking that. 

I'm the Producer Now

It’s that time of year again. The show/season has been announced. And it is time to get going. We need to find a director, a production team, and of course a cast.

Last year I took on the role as co-producer for my local community theater’s first two productions of the season. This was my chance to see and learn how things are done right from the start.  Someone thought I would be a good producer and asked me if I would be interested in the role. I am always willing to learn more and said “yes” because I also like to try new things.