How Can We Improve Musical Theater Education in Schools? : Part 2

Community sponsorship of school is one of the primary ways most of these programs survive. Many have their students required to sell ads or having to pay a fee. Other programs will have it done on a volunteer basis in order to meet a quota. In any event, many of the mom and pop restaurants, realtors, and other stores will support their programs however they can. They are the economic backbone of our musical theater programs and we cannot thank or applaud them enough for what they do and continue to do.

Royal Family Productions and We So Hapa Join Forces for SONGS OF OTHERNESS

Royal Family Productions, a non-profit theatre company known for its innovative productions and development of new original work, is partnering with We So Hapa, a non-profit group founded to showcase multi-ethnic talent, for this diversity-centric, one-night-only cabaret event entitled Songs of Otherness on Friday, September 1, 2017 at Royal Family Performing Arts Space (145 West 46th Street, 3rd Floor). Tickets for the cabaret start at $25 and can be purchased by clicking http://bit.ly/SongsofOtherness and you can find out more information by vising www.WeSoHapa.com and www.RoyalFamilyProductions.org.

How Can We Improve Musical Theater Education in Schools? : Part 1

So in my last Blog I discussed how there are some major obstacles that school theater programs are facing on a large scale. You were probably left with a lot of questions. What can be done to help remedy the situation? How can I help? What can larger organizations do to help? What can directors do to help improve their programs? I’ve compiled some easy fix answers and thought up some crazy out of the box thoughts that may help improve musical theater education in schools.

Julius Trump: How We Missed More Than One Point

There have been several productions of Shakespeare plays which have chosen to directly and explicitly use said play to comment on politics; the idea goes surely even further back than Orson Welles' 1937 production of Caesar which focused on the rise of Fascism with a 'Hitler, Mussolini clone'. Caesar has resembled, in various productions, Huey Long, Margaret Thatcher, Tony Blair and even Obama. And yet there was something not quite right for me about Shakespeare in the Park's recent production of Julius Caesar which had funding pulled due to controversy. 

What Actors Actually Do: An Open Letter to Critics and Media Writers

As a former actor and long-time acting teacher, coach, and director as well as an avid consumer of entertainment commentary and criticism, I’ve noticed a disturbing pattern among otherwise clearly educated and otherwise honorable and incisive critics, entertainment bloggers, podcast hosts and media journalists.  I’m talking about a persistent misunderstanding of what actors actually do that ranges from unwitting perpetuation of outdated terms to inadvertent stereotyping to misapplied critique to inexplicable ridicule all the way to aggressively unapologetic ignorance.

"Weight of Honor" : Portraying American Heroines

If you know me or read my pieces, you know I do very little in terms of straight plays. What can I say? I love randomly bursting into song and dance. I kind of wish real life was like that sometimes. However, the few plays I’ve done (2 exactly) have resonated with me and been tremendous experiences. Hmm… maybe I should do more plays? Anyway.

And the Nominees Are...

Awards season always brings out the best of us. The day following nominations for all the major awards shows comes the ‘snubs’ lists. The Oscars, Emmys, Grammy and Tonys all have one thing in common – all nominations are subjective.

All of us have seen the list of nominees and weren’t happy at some point. We didn’t like that movie/show/actor/song. On the flip side, we wanted to see that movie/show/actor/song that we liked nominated.