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MTI Show Support: transposition

Can I request that a song be transposed into a different key for performance?

Started by Ellen Starkey with 1 post

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MTI Show Support: Performing a show again

Thanks Andrew and Laura,

I did think that might be the case, but like you laura I was hoping to just pay for the liscensing too.

Started by Heather Tait with 5 posts

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The MTI Show Collection: Rabbit Hole in Alice Jr.

Thanks Adam! Could you send me the detail about the spiral too? Do you have a picture of how you did the house?

Started by Christy Terefenko with 12 posts

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The MTI Show Collection: Sorority House Backdrop

Does anyone know where I could rent the sorority house backdrop for "Legally Blonde"? I have only been able to find two drops available: and Grosh. The first is too small for our stage (it is an 18' high drop), and the second is unavailable for rental during our show week (March 20-22).

Any suggestions or leads would be much appreciated. Thanks!

Started by Scott Procko with 1 post

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Backstage: Tarzan Production slides?

There is an opening Tarzan sequence where the map of Africa and a ship at sea are projected onto a scrim.  I have seen many versions of this production and they all use the same slides! Yet, I cannot find them anywhere! Even MTI couldn't help me. Suggestions?

Started by Lissa Jensen with 1 post

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MTI Show Support: Annie KIDS lyrics

Hi Scott,

 I am so glad you connected; situations of this nature take a lot of energy and can be stressful BEFORE your kids even take the stage. It strikes a chord with me personally as I was teaching in a public school when a similar issue escalated to a national level.  It all ended well and a great story for another day, BUT it all comes down to a some key points.

• Know your community. The less experience and earned respect you have in a district, the less leeway you have with choices of shows that break the mold for productions. The more you know your audiences and have earned credibility for what has been done in the past, the easier your choices will be accepted without discussion.

• Run your artistic vision and reasons for the show you choose by your administrator.  He or she is the one that will hear more feedback than anyone. Be prepared with data such as age appropriate storytelling, language, historical references, casting, $ for costumes, scenery etc. to substantiate your show choice.

History is indisputable.  What we teach may not align with individual beliefs, but we teach it fundamentally for decision making.  When we do Annie, Fiddler on the Roof, Once on this Island, Guys and Dolls and even Kinky Boots, we portray many varied religious and moral viewpoints.  It doesn't mean we advocate them, but we are living in a world that includes all. It is important to refer and explain in context all references that may come up, alcoholic ones in Annie and Guys & Dolls included. Key questions/discussions about substance abuse then and now are necessary and appropriate.

Be prepared to defend your artistic choice and stick by it.  There will always be parents with opinions.  Some are very founded, some make us re-think our choices and some have them just because they can.  Best of luck in putting out this fire.

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