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It begins!

Posted by: Charlie B (February 23, 2010)

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Hey, you found my blog! And you're reading it! Hi.

I enjoy writing and I have another blog at another site where I write about some pretty random stuff, but seeing as this is a theatre page and I'm just getting set up with a major theatre project, it seemed like a good idea to blog it on here.

I've been thinking about this project fo rmonths and it's finally happening. I'm a primary school teacher at a small country school that has previously had no experience with the arts. I love theatre and I'm very involved in the amateur theatre community. The school recognised my passion and I teach high school drama in addition to my primary classes, and this year I have been given the opportunity to direct a school production. After considering a few options, I had my heart set on Seussical Jr although I was a bit sceptic as to how the school would go with such a show when they have had such little experience with performing. But I have been given a great suport network and budget, I've been encouraged to do something I"m passionate about, and so I have finally acquired the licence and I'm ready to begin!

"ARTS IN CRISIS" A Conversation with Michael M. Kaiser

Posted by: Kaitlin Davis (February 23, 2010)

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The President of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Michael M. Kaiser, will be making a stop at the McCarter Theatre Center in Princeton, New Jersey, as part of his nationwide speaking tour. He will be addressing the issues facing nonprofit performing arts groups today.

 

The event is free to the public, and will be followed by a Q&A period. For more information or to RSVP, click here.

Another week a new schedual

Posted by: Matt Spencer (February 19, 2010)

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Hi everyone! 
    A new week bring yet a new schedual. We're only 27 days away from opening Guys & Dolls and there is MUCH to be done.

We have a dance rehearsal tomorrow morning then next week is cram packed with act two scenes and dances.

Mr. East, our school's male beauty padgent is tonight, and yours truley, along with the other nathan, a Sky, and a Nicley, are competing. Which makes for some intresting scheudling delmas.

We're working with two very diffrent parts of the school and have to work on their projects with as much umf as possible.

So I'll have to use "World Peace" as a awnser.

On to other news, I auditioned for Urinetown at the Delaware All-State Theater about four weeks ago. Yesterday Morning I found out I'll be playing Tiny Tom in June at the DuPont Theater.

See you in rehearsal.

And the winner is....

Posted by: Cindy Ripley (February 18, 2010)

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As I watch some of the incredible challenges at the Winter Olympics in Vancouver, I can’t help but make the comparisons to the process of creating a valuable theater experience with kids.  You do the same things on a daily basis, many of you using kids from a complete range of abilities to boot!  They learn, they listen, they interact with other kids they never would meet, they keep a schedule, they work as a team, they create something new and brilliant, friends and family are there for them, they have a blast and they NEVER forget it.  You create gold, silver and bronze medalists on an ongoing basis accompanied by heartfelt stories that Bob Costas would relish.  I heard many of these stories from teachers in Texas this past week at TMEA.  You deserve medals in your own right for your tireless efforts to give kids what they need despite budgets, enrollments, space issues and time.  Many of you however are not conserving your most important resource, YOU.  Get help, reward yourself at least in a small way and empower others to do what you do along the way.  Sounds easy, but I KNOW it is not.  Those of you that fit into any of these descriptions, please think about joining us for a Junior Theater Teaching Intensive this summer.  We deal with the whole package, including preserving YOU!  They happen on a weekend in NYC and Houston.  Info to follow this week!

Those of you who continually want to give your kids more opportunities and are located in the tri-state area around NYC, consider one of our one-week summer programs.  Auditions are coming up March 13 in NYC.  We all direct different shows and it truly is one of MY personal favorite things to do!  Info from Lindsay at iTheatrics to follow. 

Enjoy these Olympics, a signature event of our culture that all are proud of.  Thanks for simulating them on a personal basis with kids all over the world!   Cindy

 

iTheatrics 2010 Summer Auditions!!!!

 

We are thrilled to announce our upcoming auditions for the iTheatrics 2010 Summer Junior Theater Academy Workshops will be held on Saturday, March 13, 2010 from 10am—6pm in Midtown Manhattan with callbacks happening on Sunday, March 14, 2010.

 

This exciting summer features new adaptations created in partnership with Music Theater International, Disney Theatrical Group and Tams-Witmark.  Whether you prefer “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” or the pop hits from Disney’s Camp Rock, there is sure to be something to appeal to everyone’s tastes!

 

·        The Wizard of Oz JR.                      (July 5 – July 9)

·        Singin’ in the Rain JR.                    (July 12 – July 16)

·        Disney’s Camp Rock JR.               (July 19 – July 23)

·        Disney’s My Son Pinocchio           (July 26 – July 30)

·        Annie KIDS                                      (July 26 – July 30)

·        Hairspray JR.                                   (August 2 – August 6)

 

To sign up for an audition time, email the student’s name and grade to Lindsay@itheatrics.com by March 3rd. Auditions will be done in small groups and you should expect to stay for approximately 90 minutes for your audition.  You will receive a confirmation time, what to prepare, and the exact location of the auditions by March 4th.  Audition slots will be available on a first come first serve basis and there are a limited number of slots available. Make sure to sign up as soon as possible!

 

Arts and Education: Providing Empowering Alternatives

Posted by: Kaitlin Davis (February 17, 2010)

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As someone who has been involved in the performing arts for the majority of my lifetime, I can speak firsthand to its' incredible power. My experiences with musical theater allowed me to identify a personal strength and provided a creative and positive emotional outlet. Not to mention, I've met some pretty nifty friends and had the privilege of working with some equally nifty people. However, there are many situations in which the arts have acted as more than an encouraging extracurricular. In an ever growing number of cases, the arts provide meaning and power and the ability to see beyond tomorrow and into a promising future.

Such was the case with Denisse Polanco, a student at Bronx Prep Charter School. I recently stumbled upon an article by Polanco's former teacher and I was touched once again by the transformative power of the theater. A student who never gave college a second thought was empowered to continue with her education and look to horizons that had never previously existed in her world. She was given the key to a greater and brighter world.

Stories like this one remind me each day why I believe so strongly in the importance of the arts in our classrooms and beyond.

For more on Denisse's story, click here.

Snowed in- away from Guys & Dolls

Posted by: Matt Spencer (February 15, 2010)

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So, due to this crazy snow storm we've been having in PA, our rehearsal process for Guys & Dolls has been a little unorthadox.

We didn't have rehearsal last week, but we start rehearsal again this after noon. Right before the next strom.

We start a frantic rehearsal schedual this week, with a bunch of make up rehearsals from cancled practices.

Lets see what Mother Nature has in store for our adventure in Guys & Dolls

So Easy to Love: Valentine's Day & Musical Theater

Posted by: Kaitlin Davis (February 12, 2010)

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This weekend, lovebirds of all shapes and sizes will celebrate their affections with chocolates, flowers and diamonds (wishful thinking?!...just kidding!). For my darling and I, Valentine's Day has always been the perfect excuse to squeeze a show into our frequently crowded schedules. A few years ago, we caught the enchanting Maria Friedman in one of the last Broadway performances of "The Woman in White." More recently, I absolutely adored Christine Ebersole in "Grey Gardens." (Yes, we have questionable taste in musicals where romance is concerned!) Even our first Valentine's Day together was steeped in theatrics, as we were performing in a production of "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" over the holiday. Thus begs the question: what should we see this year?! Just kidding! I'm more interested in how the magical world of theater has played a role in your Valentine's Day celebrations. Cute stories? I'd love to hear them! Post them here, or e-mail me: kaitlind@mtishows.com and I'll compile the best results in an upcoming blog. Oh...and Happy Valentine's Day! Kiss

into the woods

Posted by: Anna Howard (February 11, 2010)

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i actually ended up doing into the woods and i got jack sooo thanks for the great adviseKiss

"Today My Name is Astrid."

Posted by: Rodney Robbins (February 9, 2010)

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So, I'm working a new play about a man with multiple personality disorder, and I'm writing a book of seriously silly poems for kids. This morning, a cool title pops into my head. Here is th poem that goes with it. I think it's a good poem for actors and playwrights.

Today My Name is Astrid
(C) 2010 by Rodney Robbins

Today my name is Astrid
I am queen of all I see.
From the foot lights to the balcony,
Everyone’s watching me.

Today my name is Astrid,
But yesterday was just fine:
I was Ace the race car driver,
Passing on an inside line.

Today my name is Astrid.
Before I was Jamal:
A camel driver from Cairo.
I was black and thin and tall.

Today my name is Astrid,
But my mother calls me Jane.
I asked her, "Where’s your ticket?"
She doesn’t need me to explain.

Today my name is Astrid,
And my mother is Tim Bucktoo.
Tim’s the symphony conductor,
And gives me my opening cue.

Today my name is Astrid.
I sing like an angel and then ...
When the concert’s over,
It’s just me and mom again.

 

Playwrighting Milestones

Posted by: Rodney Robbins (February 7, 2010)

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This morning I finished act one of "In the House with Many Rooms." I'm  writing this one-set small-cast show by writing one scene at a time. It feels good to make progress most every day. Since I'm working with scene cards and know right where the story is going, all I need to do is get a few minutes of alone time and start typing. A scene takes a day or two so I can move the story along pretty quickly and feel a sense of accomplishment every time I work on the story.

Now, some people can't stand working with an outline or scene cards. Novelist Steven King certainly doesn't use an outline. Many novelist don't, but with the ti 90-120 minute time limit of a stage play, I almost think you HAVE to use an outline.

A play is not a novel, but like a novelist, when you work on a story every day, the pages pile up and pretty soon you have something cool to brag about. "Hey--Look what I made!" Milestones make playwrighting fun.