Teaching Theatre: "Is Anybody Out There?!"

Teaching Theatre: "Is Anybody Out There?!"

Teaching theatre can be lonely.

Wait. What?! How can teaching be lonely? You’re literally surrounded by people all…day...long.

Yes. True. Surrounded by people. People in your classroom who hopefully love theatre and love you. Surrounded by your students. Hopefully surrounded by supportive teaching, admin, and school staff. Maybe supportive parents and guardians too.

But, teaching theatre is lonely.

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The Best Undergraduate Theatre Programs in Each State - 2019 Edition

The Best Undergraduate Theatre Programs in Each State - 2019 Edition

Every year, OnStage Blog deep dives into college theatre programs to find what we feel are some of the best in the nation. While the perfect programs is the one that fits best with the student, schools can become that fit with fantastic facilities, strong faculty, multiple performance opportunities, among other things. In truth, there are some schools that do that better than others and should be recognized for it.

At the end of the summer, we will be publishing our top 25 theatre program rankings. But as we start to close the books on this academic year, we felt it’s time to name some programs that did exceptional work this year. So here is our 2019 list of the best theatre programs in each state.

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Rumors and Outrage over a Middle School Cancelling a Production of 'Spelling Bee'

Rumors and Outrage over a Middle School Cancelling a Production of 'Spelling Bee'

There is news today coming out of Hyattsville, MD where the local middle school decided to cancel its upcoming production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee just weeks before it was set to open.

According to a letter sent from the school to parents, it provided no details into why the production was cancelled. It stated,

“Unfortunately we have decided to cancel the Spring Musical dates of May 2nd, 3rd and 4th,” the letter said, adding that a parent meeting would be held Tuesday to answer “any of your questions, comments or concerns.”

Without any details, rumors and speculation started to swirl among the students and parents. One rumor, which is making waves now, is that the show was cut because one character has gay parents.

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PA School Board Decides that Theatre Productions Must Now Be Approved by Superintendent Before Performance

PA School Board Decides that Theatre Productions Must Now Be Approved by Superintendent Before Performance

The dress rehearsals of shows at Waynesboro Senior High School looks like they’ll have quite the critic going forward, the schools’ superintendent. A recent school board decision made it possible for the Superintendent to approve or deny performances going forward based on whether he determines it appropriate.

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If Other Schools Copy HS 'Alien' Production, It's 20th Century Fox/Disney's Fault

If Other Schools Copy HS 'Alien' Production, It's 20th Century Fox/Disney's Fault

If Disney/20th Century Fox don’t make it clear that this sort of production is a violation of copyright, then many other schools are going to be copying what North Bergen High School did. I’ve already received emails from teachers who have told me that their students are begging them to do adaptations of movies such as Harry Potter, Frozen, Anastasia, X-Men and even Die Hard. The line of thinking in the eyes of the students is “if North Bergen’s production went viral, think all the attention we could get.” The teachers are having a tough time explaining to the students how much trouble they could get in. But if the studios don’t seem to care, I can understand why these students might not worry about that.

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Education and Entertainment - Enhance your Drama Degree by attending the Theatre

Education and Entertainment - Enhance your Drama Degree by attending the Theatre

There are many reasons why theatre has been around for thousands of years, and is still growing. Many people describe the theatre as something magical, and a truly extraordinary experience. Unfortunately nowadays, many drama courses don’t involve theatre trips, with students watching performances online instead. Many feel that this takes away the experience - there’s nothing quite like enjoying a heart-warming musical, or seeing a timeless classic at the theatre.

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We Need to talk about that H.S. Production of "Alien"...

We Need to talk about that H.S. Production of "Alien"...

In the past 24 hours, I've been asked by many people what my thoughts are on the story out of North Bergen, NJ that a high school drama club performed an adaptation of the movie, "Alien".

Let me make some things perfectly clear upfront:

1. The passion and creativity of the students should be commended.

2. I hope this production launches their interest in theatre for years to come.

At the same time, it's clear that a production like this is a clear example of a violation of copyright.

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College Admission Bribery Scandal Has Always Occurred in BFA Programs

College Admission Bribery Scandal Has Always Occurred in BFA Programs

While many were shocked by this college admissions scandal, as someone who’s worked in college admissions for the past decade, I wasn’t shocked at all. Truth be told, this has been happening for years in the industry and if you think BFA theatre/music/dance programs are in the clear, you’d be wrong.

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College Auditions: The Parent Perspective - Part 5

College Auditions:  The Parent Perspective - Part 5

Hopefully by the end of April, the right school will be revealed to you and your student.  It may or may not be one of their top choices. That’s okay, because (as we all know), your student will get out of this experience what they put into it.  

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