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BWW Blog: Keanna Irving - The King's Players Presents THE CRUCIBLEBWW Blog: Keanna Irving - The King's Players Presents THE CRUCIBLE
by Keanna Irving - March 29, 2017

Strange things are happening in the bottom floor of an office building in New York City's Financial District.  (more...)


Baby On Board? That's What WAITRESS  at the Brooks Adkins Theater Is All About!Baby On Board? That's What WAITRESS at the Brooks Adkins Theater Is All About!
by Jaclyn Layman - March 28, 2017

The kindness shown at the Brooks Adkins Theater is not just on stage! (more...)


BWW Blog: Sarah Osman - An Interview with Fredi Walker-BrowneBWW Blog: Sarah Osman - An Interview with Fredi Walker-Browne
by Sarah Osman - March 28, 2017

Earlier this month I had the pleasure of taking Fredi Walker-Browne's three day workshop at my school, the OCVTS: Performing Arts Academy. Being able to take such an informative class on the entertainment world was eye opening and I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to take this class at my school as both a freshman and senior. When learning about show business and casting I found myself reflecting on how big the performance world is, and how thankful I am to be apart of such a crazy yet thrilling field. (more...)


BWW Blog: Alyssa Sileo - The Art of the One-Act: GCIT 2019's SHORT AND SWEETBWW Blog: Alyssa Sileo - The Art of the One-Act: GCIT 2019's SHORT AND SWEET
by Alyssa Sileo - March 27, 2017

There's a solid reason why the Sophomore One-Acts Festival at my school is called Short and Sweet. These little bites of theatre are a delight to watch, study, and perform. (more...)


BWW Blog: Jessica Vanek - Audiences Applaud Cockroach Theatre's SPINNING INTO BUTTERBWW Blog: Jessica Vanek - Audiences Applaud Cockroach Theatre's SPINNING INTO BUTTER
by Jessica Vanek - March 27, 2017

Jess here.  I recently saw my first show at Cockroach Theatre, a well-established theatre company located here in Las Vegas.  SPINNING INTO BUTTER by Rebecca Gilman exposes current social issues through an honest story that could, in reality, have taken place in Anywhere, USA.  This play dealt with concepts not normally portrayed on a stage, and delivered a powerful punch that left the audience enlightened.  The story is set at fictional Belmont College in Vermont, and explores racial issues that college campuses sometimes face.  The show begins with Sarah Daniels, a Dean who is trying to get a student to lie about his ethnicity so he will be a stronger candidate for a scholarship.   She does this with the best intentions, but it's not taken well by the student, Patrick Chibas.  Meanwhile Simon (a character in name only), an African-American student attending the predominantly white Belmont College, reports a series of hate crimes being inflicted upon him.  Dean Daniels along with two other Deans struggle to fix the issue, yet against Dean Daniels' better judgment, decide that a campus-wide forum is the best way to remedy the situation.  Ultimately, the forum is a huge failure, and results in more of a divide than it began with.  Dean Daniels continues to try to do what's right, but struggles with the process due to her subconscious racism.  This story discusses the complexity of race and discrimination and how, despite the outlawing of segregation, America still struggles to treat all races equally. (more...)


BWW Blog: Kellie Williams - My Top Five Favorite Things About JULIE'S GREENROOMBWW Blog: Kellie Williams - My Top Five Favorite Things About JULIE'S GREENROOM
by Kellie Williams - March 24, 2017

Julie Andrews' new Netflix series, Julie's Greenroom, premiered last Friday. I didn't expect to like it since it is geared toward younger audiences, but I ended up loving it! It features really catchy songs and many important lessons about all the different parts of the arts: from singing as a group and writing songs together to improv and even clowning. Here are five of my favorite things about the show:  (more...)


BWW Blog: Joscelyne Tamburri - Latest HappeningsBWW Blog: Joscelyne Tamburri - Latest Happenings
by Joscelyne Tamburri - March 24, 2017

After countless hours of rehearsal over many months, All That Jazz, our production with the Naden Band is officially over. I am so proud of our school and the Naden band-of the Royal Canadian Navy - thought I would clarify who they were) for the amazing 2 shows we put on. It's a strange thing to have something we have spent so long getting ready for to be over in just 1 day and now we are completely moving on, it feels all too sudden. That's showbiz I guess. I must admit the nights off since we are no longer rehearsing for the show are nice. Though, we won't be missing musical rehearsals for too long; we startDisney's Beauty and The Beast rehearsals Saturday! But, like I was saying, this is the last week of real school where we have our final handwritten assignments due (and a lot of them!).  It's nice to have those nights off to finish homework or get a few extra hours of sleep, even if we do miss rehearsals. (more...)


BWW Blog: Amanda Grillo - Theater Club Corner: Meet the Short Play Festival DirectorsBWW Blog: Amanda Grillo - Theater Club Corner: Meet the Short Play Festival Directors
by Amanda Grillo - March 21, 2017

Coming up March 24th and 25th, we have the theater club's first short play festival. Completely student run, this festival will showcase published plays as well as two original student works. These plays are performed, designed, and directed by the students. As one of the student directors, I can't begin to tell you about how proud I am to be a part of this festival. This is my first time directing outside of classes and I am absolutely thrilled to be directing Smitten written by Mark Harvey Levine. The entire experience has shaped me as a director, actor, designer, and even an audience member. It has definitely impacted how I will look at future productions and has given me even more respect for the various positions involved in making a production happen. Let's meet some of my other fellow directors shall we? (more...)


BWW Blog: Emma Suttell - As One Journey Ends… Another BeginsBWW Blog: Emma Suttell - As One Journey Ends… Another Begins
by Emma Suttell - March 20, 2017

With one final set of bows, the second and final weekend of Honk the Musical has come to an end. All around the room tears were shed as our choreographer reminded us all that never again would we work on the same project with the same group of people. The lighthearted cast had one final laugh together as our vocal director told jokes before we took the stage for the last time.  (more...)


BWW Blog: Cassandra Hsiao - SUPERMARKET OF THE LOSTBWW Blog: Cassandra Hsiao - SUPERMARKET OF THE LOST
by Cassandra Hsiao - March 20, 2017

In January, I said goodbye to working on one of the plays I wrote in my junior year of high school, 'Supermarket of Lost,' which you can read about my experience here: http://www.broadwayworld.com/los-angeles/article/BWW-Blog-Cassandra-Hsiao-Opening-Nights-and-Goodbyes-Looking-Back-on-SUPERMARKET-OF-LOST-20170123 (more...)


BWW Blog: Leanne Laurino - The Fairy Diaries: Snowpocalypse, Scenery, and SupportBWW Blog: Leanne Laurino - The Fairy Diaries: Snowpocalypse, Scenery, and Support
by Leanne Marie Laurino - March 20, 2017

Last week, Cinderella at UHS observed two snow days delaying our rehearsal process but allowing us time to individually delve into our material.  Watching videos, reviewing intentions and developing our characters are what will bring our magical performance together. Once the company was reunited, we made up for lost time with our scenic elements. As each stroke of the paint brush is completed, it is apparent in how gorgeous it will truly be.  (more...)


BWW Blog: Kellie Williams - Broadway on a BudgetBWW Blog: Kellie Williams - Broadway on a Budget
by Kellie Williams - March 17, 2017

Broadway shows are amazing, and if I could I'd see one every day. But since I'm a student on a budget, I have to keep my eyes peeled for more cost effective ways to see theatre in NYC. Here are my tips: (more...)


BWW Blog: Joscelyne Tamburri - The Countdown To NadenBWW Blog: Joscelyne Tamburri - The Countdown To Naden
by Joscelyne Tamburri - March 16, 2017

With less than 7 days left until opening of "All That Jazz," our big concert with the Naden Band of the Royal Canadian Navy, the excitement within the school is practically palpable. We now have had our very first full run through of the show with most of our costumes, and though there are obviously still some rough edges (like any show would have with their first full run), everyone finally got to see the bigger picture as a company, and after seeing everything we have accomplished over these past few weeks, we should all be so proud of ourselves. I know I am sure proud of it and everyone who's been pouring every bit of their time and energy to make it become this incredible show. The high level of performance that is starting to shimmer out from inside each of us is breath-taking to see. Everyone is starting to shine from excitement, I can see the little glimmers sparking behind their eyes, and I'm looking forward to seeing those sparks really begin to ignite day by day as we reach our peak at Naden. (more...)


BWW Blog: Jessica Vanek - Las Vegas Celebrates The Smith Center for the Performing Arts 5th AnniversaryBWW Blog: Jessica Vanek - Las Vegas Celebrates The Smith Center for the Performing Arts 5th Anniversary
by Jessica Vanek - March 16, 2017

Jess here.  One of my favorite entertainment hotspots in Las Vegas is none other than The Smith Center for the Performing Arts.  March 10, 2017 marked their 5th Anniversary, and I was lucky enough to attend their 'Celebrating Five Years of Heart' concert last week.  Hosted by Betsy Wolfe and Adam Kantor (stars of the revival of THE LAST FIVE YEARS), this extravaganza included a variety of exciting performances, allowing audience members to experience the arts in a fashion that only the Smith Center can provide.   (more...)


BWW Blog: Brynn Bonne - Come See 13 THE MUSICAL at The Richmond Hill Centre For The Performing Arts, March 23-25BWW Blog: Brynn Bonne - Come See 13 THE MUSICAL at The Richmond Hill Centre For The Performing Arts, March 23-25
by Brynn Bonne - March 15, 2017

'Can't Wait, Can't Wait Can't Wait for 13!' Yes! The  Drama Desk Award winning Musical by Jason Robert Brown- that was also the first all teen musical on Broadway is coming to The Richmond Hill Centre For The Performing Arts! (more...)


BWW Blog: Alyssa Sileo - NJ Thesfest 2017: Central Jersey ExistsBWW Blog: Alyssa Sileo - NJ Thesfest 2017: Central Jersey Exists
by Alyssa Sileo - March 14, 2017

Saturday competitions and the short film festival, I grabbed my friend Mady by the hand, rushed downstairs from our Troupe 5480 corner on the second floor, and asked as many New Jersey Thespians as I could the most polarizing question you could whip out on any East Coaster. (more...)


BWW Blog: Clarissa Moon - Talking with Whitney Morse from THE LAST 5 YEARS at The Studio Theatre BWW Blog: Clarissa Moon - Talking with Whitney Morse from THE LAST 5 YEARS at The Studio Theatre 
by Clarissa Moon - March 14, 2017

The Studio Theatre continues its inaugural season with Jason Robert Brown's THE LAST 5 YEARS. The musical follows the five-year relationship between Cathy and Jamie, from their first date to their divorce. I talked with Whitney Morse (Cathy) about the rehearsal process, her inspiration, and the challenges of telling a story backwards.  (more...)


BWW Blog: Jessica Vanek - Birthday Time For Stephen SondheimBWW Blog: Jessica Vanek - Birthday Time For Stephen Sondheim
by Jessica Vanek - March 13, 2017

Jess here.  I've been counting down the days to March 22nd.  You might be wondering what the significance of this date is, or if you are a musical theatre buff, you may already know.  March 22nd marks the 87th birthday of one of the greatest composer/lyricists of all time: Stephen Sondheim. (more...)


BWW Blog: Meet Joscelyne Tamburri of the Canadian College of Performing ArtsBWW Blog: Meet Joscelyne Tamburri of the Canadian College of Performing Arts
by Joscelyne Tamburri - March 10, 2017

Today begins a new blog by Joscelyne Tamburri, a Year I student of the Canadian College of Performing Arts (CCPA). The college is one of Canada's top training centres for students looking to train for a career on stage, screen or in the recording studios. (more...)


BWW Blog: Leanne Laurino - The Fairy Diaries: Lyrics, Runs, and a Royal ReceptionBWW Blog: Leanne Laurino - The Fairy Diaries: Lyrics, Runs, and a Royal Reception
by Leanne Marie Laurino - March 10, 2017

Cinderella continues to surprise me with the lessons I learn each and every day. In a musical, the story is the language. Lyrics are a stunning collection of words that advance the plot in a brilliant way. This week, I have dug deep into my lyrics and have fallen in love with its passionate message. I am so intrigued by the depth of this language and its power to share a universal ideal. Everyone goes through a time when they doubt themselves. Everyone has felt like the world is against them. Finding the confidence within you is one of many beautiful themes that this show embodies. (more...)


VIDEO: Clarissa Moon - Talking with Steve MacKinnon and Taylor Wright from CURIOUS GEORGE at the Orlando REPVIDEO: Clarissa Moon - Talking with Steve MacKinnon and Taylor Wright from CURIOUS GEORGE at the Orlando REP
by Clarissa Moon - March 06, 2017

I had the chance to interview the incredible Steve MacKinnon and Taylor Wright from CURIOUS GEORGE: THE GOLDEN MEATBALL at the Orlando Repertory Theatre! The show runs through April 9. For more information, visit orlandorep.com.  (more...)


BWW Blog: Emma Suttell - A Bitter-Sweet Closing- as a Stage Manager in TrainingBWW Blog: Emma Suttell - A Bitter-Sweet Closing- as a Stage Manager in Training
by Emma Suttell - March 06, 2017

As I am writing this, I can already say that I miss the cast that I worked with terribly. There's nothing that makes my heart so full as working with forty-three 5-10 year olds who are all truly passionate about theatre. Closing this show- my first one learning how to stage manage- has been extremely bittersweet. Training as a stage manager has been one of the most difficult things I have ever done, and I have a newfound respect for everyone that works tech for any show, anywhere. I've student assisted two other shows, but Winnie the Pooh strengthened my knowledge in tech beyond belief! I'm so grateful to all of my production staff for everything they taught me throughout the show- they've all teched several shows themselves, and I am so grateful they passed along their tips and techniques to me!  (more...)


BWW Blog: Emma Suttell - Tech Week is Here at HONK! THE MUSICALBWW Blog: Emma Suttell - Tech Week is Here at HONK! THE MUSICAL
by Emma Suttell - March 03, 2017

Tech week is here for the cast of Honk! About 60 hours of rehearsal later, we have finally blocked and choreographed the entire show. Last Thursday was our costume parade, and we were able to try on all of the costumes for the show and tell our costume designer if anything needed to be fixed or altered. (more...)


BWW Blog: Leanne Laurino - The Fairy Diaries: The Return of Topher, Style, and a Special BirthdayBWW Blog: Leanne Laurino - The Fairy Diaries: The Return of Topher, Style, and a Special Birthday
by Leanne Marie Laurino - March 03, 2017

As I reflect on these past two weeks, nothing makes me happier than getting to share more magic with all of you. Last Wednesday, my twin brother, and none other than our Prince Topher was admitted into the hospital. The entire company eagerly sent him love and laughter over the phone but I was unable to access my laptop to recap my eventful week.  (more...)


BWW Blog: Amanda Grillo - THE NETHER: Creating the WorldBWW Blog: Amanda Grillo - THE NETHER: Creating the World
by Amanda Grillo - March 02, 2017

Upon the embarking of tech week and opening the production, I had the pleasure of talking to two of the people responsible for creating the hideaway and the world of The Nether. I spoke with the sound designer, Alec Smith, and the set designer, Andy Esborn. They allowed me to pick their brains for a little as I learned about their position and their inspirations for this production. (more...)