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BWW Blog: Kellie Williams - FINANCIAL SLAVERY at the Fringe FestivalBWW Blog: Kellie Williams - FINANCIAL SLAVERY at the Fringe Festival
by Kellie Williams - August 26, 2016

This summer I am volunteering at the New York International Fringe Festival. The Fringe is a good platform for experimental theater and social commentary. This week I saw my first Fringe show ever, Financial Slavery: The College Debt Sentence. It tells the story of three college students with varying amounts of debt. The show incorporates real statistics and the stories of real people, as well as spoken word, video projections, and audience interaction.  (more...)


BWW Blog: Eddie Olmo II and Logan Scott Mitchell - Backstage Birdie Ep 3: Go Backstage with the Cast of Goodspeed's BYE BYE BIRDIEBWW Blog: Eddie Olmo II and Logan Scott Mitchell - Backstage Birdie Ep 3: Go Backstage with the Cast of Goodspeed's BYE BYE BIRDIE
by Eddie Olmo II and Lo - August 26, 2016

Actors Eddie Olmo II (Freddie) and Logan Scott Mitchell (Karl) take you backstage at The Goodspeed's fresh new production of Bye Bye Birdie. In this limited 4 week installment, find out what the cast does before, during, and after the show to stay warm, active, and entertained! Take a journey through Sweet Apple, Ohio 1961 and discover the backstage rituals and shenanigans that happen in a not-so-typical 8 show week. (more...)


BWW Blog: Meggie Cansler - The Wine Country Speakeasy and MoreBWW Blog: Meggie Cansler - The Wine Country Speakeasy and More
by Meggie Cansler - August 26, 2016

Transcendence Theatre Company had an INCREDIBLE week!! We closed DANCE THE NIGHT AWAY and also held a special and NEW experience, the Wine Country Speakeasy. (more...)


BWW Blog: Tara Folio - The Gypsy Life is a Happy LifeBWW Blog: Tara Folio - The Gypsy Life is a Happy Life
by Tara Folio - August 25, 2016

As I was getting ready to graduate college and figure out my first move as an adult, I was warned by many of my theatre friends about getting too attached to my new destination. I am constantly being told that actors live a gypsy life; you have to follow the work, wherever it may be. (more...)


BWW Blog: Sarah Osman - #ThesFest16! - International Thespian Festival (Nationals) in Lincoln, NebraskaBWW Blog: Sarah Osman - #ThesFest16! - International Thespian Festival (Nationals) in Lincoln, Nebraska
by Sarah Osman - August 25, 2016

On June 20th to the 26th I had the pleasure of attending the International Thespian Society Festival to represent my school, the OCVTS: Performing Arts Academy and our Troupe #6185! (more...)


BWW Blog: Patti Meadors - Managing AuditionsBWW Blog: Patti Meadors - Managing Auditions
by Patti Meadors - August 24, 2016

The beginning of school brings lots of fun activities, some homework, and new friends. A lot of the time, with theatre or music activities there are auditions that go hand in hand with it. I know that I am preparing for a week of auditions next week, and I'm trying to figure out all of the songs, dances, and scenes I'll need to know for these auditions. (more...)


BWW Blog: Christopher Castanho - The Key To A Great AuditionBWW Blog: Christopher Castanho - The Key To A Great Audition
by Christopher Castanho - August 23, 2016

An Optimist's Outlook on Auditioning (more...)


BWW Blog: Arielle Jacobs - Flying High, Down Under: Part 5: Pre-Opening WeekBWW Blog: Arielle Jacobs - Flying High, Down Under: Part 5: Pre-Opening Week
by Arielle Jacobs - August 23, 2016

What a week!  Looking back on it, it's hard to believe that we had the energy to get through all of it and still perform a 5-show weekend afterward…but adrenaline and good company will get you through anything, I presume. (more...)


BWW Blog: Bob Marks - Building Your Book of Audition SongsBWW Blog: Bob Marks - Building Your Book of Audition Songs
by Bob Marks - August 23, 2016

Even when an audition provides specific music to be prepared, you might be asked to 'bring your book.' Every performer requires a collection of songs that are ready to be sung at a moment's notice. In our industry, your 'book' is a physical binder that holds all of these songs, and is also the term for this repertoire of pieces that you have mastered and can perform with little or no preparation. (more...)


BWW Blog: Allison Rambler - Come Look At the Freaks, Episode 2BWW Blog: Allison Rambler - Come Look At the Freaks, Episode 2
by Allison Rambler - August 23, 2016

On this episode, take a peak behind the curtain and see how The Belmont Theatre brought the freaks of 'Side Show' to life!   (more...)


BWW Blog: Paisley Haddad - Back to School, Back to TheatreBWW Blog: Paisley Haddad - Back to School, Back to Theatre
by Paisley Haddad - August 22, 2016

Going back to school means getting to see your friends again, meeting new teachers, and homework. It also means back to auditions. Whether you are a Freshman or a Senior it is always scary for everybody. From picking the right monologue to the right song, I've got you covered. Read below to see my tips for a stand out audition. (more...)


BWW Blog: Casey Hebbel - Wine Country Summer DaysBWW Blog: Casey Hebbel - Wine Country Summer Days
by Casey Hebbel - August 22, 2016

Transcendence is having so much fun these beautiful wine country summer days! From community Transcendence Connects projects to special performances outside our regular Broadway Under the Stars season and our last Skits Under the Stars night of the summer, here is Casey Hebbel to give you the latest... (more...)


BWW Blog: Monica Furman - Theatre How-To: Getting Tickets on a Student BudgetBWW Blog: Monica Furman - Theatre How-To: Getting Tickets on a Student Budget
by Monica Furman - August 22, 2016

This summer, I've been getting a lot of texts from friends visiting New York asking, "Monica! How do I get cheap tickets to [insert show name]?" Actually, I get these texts pretty much all year round. My parents have even been sending me the contact information of their friends who want to know where to get discounted theatre tickets. In lieu of sending everyone lists that I have to text, I will now be sending everyone who asks a link to this blog post, where I have compiled a comprehensive list of my favorite resources and methods for getting theatre tickets on a budget in NYC as well as Orange County/Los Angeles and even Chicago. (more...)


BWW Blog: Amanda Grillo - Luciana's Outlook: The Summer ReflectionBWW Blog: Amanda Grillo - Luciana's Outlook: The Summer Reflection
by Amanda Grillo - August 22, 2016

Alas, the summer of 2016 draws to a close and I pack my bags for back to school in just a few short days. This summer has been one for the books. I learned a lot about myself, theatre, and life. If it wasn't for this production, I probably wouldn't have grasped those lessons as quickly, which is why I appreciate my friends and supporters that just tell it like it is. They know what I need to hear to get the point across. They know how to help me grow and aren't afraid to knock me down a few pegs if I get too high and mighty. (more...)


BWW Blog: Christopher Panella - The Beginning of Show Season and the Auditions that Come with ItBWW Blog: Christopher Panella - The Beginning of Show Season and the Auditions that Come with It
by Christopher Panella - August 19, 2016

Hello, readers! After taking a short break from blogging to enjoy family time, I come back with a blog about the most stressful time of the year: audition time. As show season begins and drama clubs start long rehearsals, line learning, and vocal lessons, we theatre kids jump back into what we do best. However, starting the long process towards show day that we enjoy so much starts with one agonizing event: auditioning. Yes, I know, I've previously written about how much I love and enjoy auditions because of the creative opportunities and exploration they offer, but no person can deny that audition week is the most nerve racking experience (show week is a close second). Thus, I present a guide to handling this time of year with, as Meryl Streep said at the Democratic National Convention, "grit and grace." (more...)


BWW Blog: Backstage Birdie Ep 2: Go Backstage with the Cast of Goodspeed's BYE BYE BIRDIEBWW Blog: Backstage Birdie Ep 2: Go Backstage with the Cast of Goodspeed's BYE BYE BIRDIE
by Eddie Olmo II and Lo - August 18, 2016

Actors Eddie Olmo II (Freddie) and Logan Scott Mitchell (Karl) take you backstage at The Goodspeed's fresh new production of Bye Bye Birdie. In this limited 4 week installment, find out what the cast does before, during, and after the show to stay warm, active, and entertained! Take a journey through Sweet Apple, Ohio 1961 and discover the backstage rituals and shenanigans that happen in a not-so-typical 8 show week. (more...)


BWW Blog: Cheyenne Dalton - 580 MilesBWW Blog: Cheyenne Dalton - 580 Miles
by Cheyenne Dalton - August 18, 2016

I'm sure everyone knows the challenges that come with designing any given show - there's the actual design, the communication of the design, the (most-likely) compromise of the design, public relations, paperwork, implementation of the design, dry tech, cue to cue, 10 out of 12, dress rehearsals, previews… and then opening night. Can you imagine not being at the theatre to work on your show, not being able to talk to other designers in person, not being there to see or hear how your design was affecting the show? I can. (more...)


BWW Blog: Hannah Love - Summer of Studying, Sweating, and SingingBWW Blog: Hannah Love - Summer of Studying, Sweating, and Singing
by Hannah Love - August 18, 2016

Summer is officially over for me, and I'm immersed into the school year again. I'm already working on a school production of the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, and my classes are already piling on the homework, tests, and projects. Somehow, I'm not fazed by this mass chaos. It probably is related to the fact that I did not take a break this summer. Summer classes filled my summer until the second week of July (don't worry, I took these classes to lighten my junior year), babysitting was a routine job for me, and I was in a production of Shrek the Musical at a local community theatre.  (more...)


BWW Blog: Patti Meadors - The Importance of OrganizationBWW Blog: Patti Meadors - The Importance of Organization
by Patti Meadors - August 17, 2016

As summer comes to a close, the infamous back to school commercials hit the TV screens. Often times, schools provide a student planner or other recommendation to stay organized. Some students may find these planners useless, and jot down assignments on their hand. Most of the time, these students are those who don't have after school commitments. (more...)


BWW Blog: Patti Meadors - Advice for the Busy Theatre KidsBWW Blog: Patti Meadors - Advice for the Busy Theatre Kids
by Patti Meadors - August 17, 2016

High school senior Patti Meadors gives advice she would have loved going into high school. Incoming freshman, sophomores, juniors, seniors and anyone who has a high school student should know some of these tips to have a more comfortable transition into high school responsibilities and the college application process.  (more...)


BWW Blog: Alyssa Sileo - Songs That Sum Up SummerBWW Blog: Alyssa Sileo - Songs That Sum Up Summer
by Alyssa Sileo - August 16, 2016

Sometimes you just have to turn to music to tell the story. (more...)


BWW Vlog: I LOVE YOU BECAUSE - Episode 3: Press and Opening Night!BWW Vlog: I LOVE YOU BECAUSE - Episode 3: Press and Opening Night!
by I LOVE YOU BECAUSE - August 16, 2016

Join the cast of Our Production's I LOVE YOU BECAUSE as they prepare for opening night at the Addison Theatre Center. Check out this exclusive behind-the-scenes rehearsal footage and catch a glimpse of the I LOVE YOU BECAUSE press, featuring Monique Abry (Diana), Joey Donoian (NYC Man), Kyle Montgomery (Jeff) , Kathryn Taylor Rose (NYC Woman), Rashaun Sibley (Austin) and Juliette Talley (Marcy),and the Our Production's crew. (more...)


BWW Blog: Arielle Jacobs - Flying High, Down Under: Part 4: The Audience EffectBWW Blog: Arielle Jacobs - Flying High, Down Under: Part 4: The Audience Effect
by Arielle Jacobs - August 16, 2016

Tonight was our first audience at the Capitol Theater!  It was exciting to finally share our creation with the 1600 friends and family that attended our final dress rehearsal.  Before it started, the whole cast was buzzed, nervous, excited.  After the curtain came down at the end, I sang to our genie, Michael James Scott, "We can never go back to befoooooore!" a la Ahrens & Flaherty. Tonight we crossed over a threshold, giving away what was once our private creative space. It's like spending 6 weeks making a fantastic cake, and then watching everyone enjoy it and eat it up.  But the process of making it ready, making it perfect… the anticipation phase… it's done. (more...)


BWW Blog: Arielle Jacobs - Flying High, Down Under: Part 3: ALADDIN Q&ABWW Blog: Arielle Jacobs - Flying High, Down Under: Part 3: ALADDIN Q&A
by Arielle Jacobs - August 16, 2016

I was recently interviewed by a local Sydney magazine, and I thought you might be interested to read my answers about my childhood relationship to the story of Aladdin, and why I think musical theater is a powerful healing art. Also, I explain what I think it means to be a Princess in the real world. (more...)


BWW Blog: Arielle Jacobs - Flying High, Down Under: Part 2: Are You Happy?BWW Blog: Arielle Jacobs - Flying High, Down Under: Part 2: Are You Happy?
by Arielle Jacobs - August 16, 2016

Our Aladdin company is awesome. They are fiercely talented, funny, warm, and just a blast to see every day. Since day one, they've made a foreign girl feel totally welcome with their smiles, their questions to check in on how I'm feeling, sharing their snacks and their stories… I've been overwhelmed by the warmth and presence of Australians. They always seem to be going out of their way to check in and see if your happy. (more...)







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