When I tell people who are not involved with the performing arts that I am studying theatre and aspire to pursue it professionally, their reaction is almost always the same, no matter whom I’m speaking to.Read More
As a follow up to our “10 [vocal range]s That Are Gifts To the World” series, we’re highlighting 11 Broadway Performers That Have Amazing Music Projects!
We’ll be focusing on mostly those who write their own original music (with a couple of exceptions). We might not hit all of your personal faves (who probably already get a lot of attention and make every other “best of” list), but I think we’ve compiled a list of some really great folks, including ones you may or may not have heard of we know you should know (and come to love).
Some of them may not have made their Broadway debuts yet, but they’re all superstars who deserved to make this list.Read More
I had the good fortune to see the cartoonist Alison Bechdel give a talk at the Rochester Institute of Technology in 2010. Mostly, she talked about the process of creating a comic strip or graphic novel, but one thing she said stood out to me, and made me think of musicals. Unfortunately, that talk was not recorded and put online, but it must have been similar to this part of a talk she gave at Cornell a year or so earlier, which was put on YouTube: “I had the somewhat unusual experience of being raised by parents who loved music and books and art and who really wanted me to become an artist or a writer…It’s a double edged sword because you still have to rebel against it. So I think I came up with a pretty good way of rebelling: instead of becoming an artist or writer, like they wanted me to, I became both at once.”Read More
So what is it about a murder mystery that keeps audiences going back for more in its many art forms? From page to screen, from stage to dinner parties and beyond. As creative and broad minded audience members we will all embrace something different about the thrill of the murder mystery but I believe there is one thing that combines all of these-the formula. That is, the foundations-the magic ingredients if you will. Not secret ingredients but a recipe followed by all good crime writers that makes for a sure-fire hit.Read More
You eagerly await the week’s Ham4Ham, but none of your friends are interested in watching with you. “They’re super short and incredibly fascinating!” you say, trying to persuade your friends to educate themselves. But as you’re busy watching Adam Kantor’s latest Motel Citizen, they’re caught up binging “Fuller House”.
Some day you’ll make your friends come around.Read More
A poll was conducted by the British performing arts newspaper The Stage (www.thestage.co.uk) to determine the opinion that a majority of people had on a topic that is close to the hearts of many people in the theatre community: arts education in school. More specifically, these people were asked whether or not they believed that the teaching of arts subjects should be compulsory.
The results: Approximately 77% said “yes”, while approximately 23% said “no”.Read More
Last month we tried this with musicals of the 21st Century and it got a huge response. So we're going back a little further this month and re-visiting our favorites from the 1990's!
Since Facebook now has a really fun poll feature. We'd figured the easiest way to do this is to do it bracket style.Read More
For many high school students all over the world, induction into the International Thespian Society is viewed as a crowning achievement. It certainly was for me.
But after almost 90 years and multiple generational attitude shifts, does being a member of such an organization still matter the way it might've used to? Yes, but it all depends on how you and your school values it.Read More
Larger budgets for the arts can help students to learn valuable skills, express their stresses through words or painting sets, and spread the wonderful feeling of ‘home.’ It is important to not shut out this form of art away from those who prosper in it. Everyone—regardless of interests, passions, or identity—should have the opportunity to flourish alongside their peers, no matter the differences in their field of work. The arts are just as important to students as any other subject, and as a student, I find that they should be treated like it.Read More
Your directors are responsible for the tenor, vision, and production of their shows but your theatre is ultimately responsible for its directors. Give them every chance and resource to be successful, but don’t be afraid to weed out a director who isn’t up to par. Keep in mind that your theatre is only as strong as the weakest director. Be an inviting place where directing is fun, challenging, and rewarding, and you’ll be a theater where people want to work and audiences want to come to time and again.Read More