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MTI Show Support: JR versus Regular version
This is all my opinion...
I typically view it as 1) One act vs two, 2) music geared toward the vocal ranges of young voices, and 3) come with performance music track.
The "director's guides" are suited for first timers, and seasoned Directors' may get less out of them than others. That being said you almost always find *something* you may not have thought of, buried in there.
To my ear (I'm not the vocal director), the music is more challenging than the "Kids" series. The cuts to keep the show within the one act, however, can leave some wonderful tunes out of the line-up.
For our local crew here, (similar demographics to yours), the JR shows have proven to be steady reliable resource. We rehearse once a week, from January through start of June, and then do a three performance run over two days. We have had fantastic success with Disney Titles (Mermaid, B&B, Mulan), as well as Honk Jr!, and the often overlooked "Dear Edwina Jr". That one was one of my favorites, as it provided a lot of opportunites for individuals to have "a moment" on stage.
Slides shows from some of these are posted here:
Oh... *AND*.. the kids get to keep their scipts!! That's a big bonus souvenir for each participant. If you go to TYS (Theatre Young Audiences) or Full productions, you have to pull out the eraser, clean-up the scripts, and then ship them back. I'd rather sit back and watch the post-production slide show.
MTI Show Support: Hairspray jr casting?
Hi Cindy, can you add me to your email list of directors who need casting help with Hairspray? We'd love to do but also have the challenge of a largely white school.
Thank you! firstname.lastname@example.org
Miscellany: Getting approval to do Ragtime, School Edition
We are a public high school having difficulty getting approval from administration for Ragtime, School Edition. Due to the racial slurs which are in the show, our administrators are concerned about offending folks and bringing bad publicity to our school. Any advice?
MTI Show Support: How to make a cannon go of safely in Peter PanWe have a ship for Hook and are working on smoke coming out on time out of the ship. Any suggestions that are safe for the smoke. We're putting a subwoofer in the ship for sound effect .
MTI Show Support: In need of poster/flyer help
I was given the job of marketing director for our upcoming production of Annie Jr. I am in the process of receiving quotes to print posters. I was given the production contract (8 pages) by the director. I see that there are 2 things required to be on all print materials. Page 4-show logo and page 5-MTI billing credit. I am looking online for poster and flyer samples, and it seems that NOTHING has both reqirements met! Can some share a sample of what a color poster should actually look like? Thank you in advance.
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