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BWW Blog: Jennifer Weber - I Can Do That: A CHORUS LINE ReviewBWW Blog: Jennifer Weber - I Can Do That: A CHORUS LINE Review
by Jennifer Weber - July 27, 2016

5,6,7,8… Everyone start stretching and get out your headshots, A Chorus Line is a part of the summer season at the Hemmens and it couldn't be more exciting! While the audience begins to find their seats and chatter still fills the room, the show begins with the cast arriving to the audition. Some are stretching, chatting with friends, and of course taking selfies. In other musicals I would think, what is happening? But with A Chorus Line this production is all about the audition process and the little things matter. The design team had an easy time with this one compared to last summer's Rent production. The stage is set like it would appear any time of day with lights in the wings, chairs scattered off to the side, and four individual mirrors that three appear to be transparent (and make for some interesting dance numbers). (more...)


BWW Blog: Paisley Haddad - East Meets West-4 Directors Talk About Directing Kids and TeensBWW Blog: Paisley Haddad - East Meets West-4 Directors Talk About Directing Kids and Teens
by Paisley Haddad - July 27, 2016

Directing Kids and Teens sounds like a very difficult job, but for these 4 directors, the task is very easy. Cheryl Baxter-Ratliff  (Los Angeles), Joel & Christine Seger (Massachusetts), and Kelley Manson (Massachusetts) have had their fair share of young adult productions to be proud of.  No matter what coast they are from, they all can agree that kids and teens are "sponges" that can soak up information and that they do not have any bad habits they need to break on stage. They also talk about their beginnings in directing kids and teens, memorable moments thus far in their directing, and more. Read my Q&A below to see what they said.  (more...)


BWW Blog: Naomi Melvin - Somebody's Eyes: Q&A with Lisa Stevens!BWW Blog: Naomi Melvin - Somebody's Eyes: Q&A with Lisa Stevens!
by Naomi Melvin - July 25, 2016

Recently I sat down with our director and co-choreographer, Lisa Stevens, to chat about our version of Footloose and her personal process in relation to building theatre. As I've said before, we are lucky. As someone who has intensively observed the rehearsal process (I love rehearsal), I have sat in awe of Lisa's direction. Specifically, I find her vocabulary lends itself beautifully to moving the work in a forward direction. Her style is streamlined along with plenty of room to play. And Lisa is so underneath each character and their relationships that, with her guidance, there's a stronger connection between the actor and his or her role. With her list of credits and accolades, Lisa has brought the know-how of the business to rehearsal, imparting on us indispensable tools essential to the artist's working life. As the cast filtered out for lunch, I joined Lisa behind the creative team's table and opened our discussion.  (more...)


BWW Blog: Emma VanDevelde - The Theatre That Raised MeBWW Blog: Emma VanDevelde - The Theatre That Raised Me
by Emma VanDeVelde - July 25, 2016

Last night at 501 Queens Road in Charlotte NC, the sound of laughter shattered the confines of the 13-row theater by transporting the audience into the world of 'The Drowsy Chaperone.' This musical, put on by Theatre Charlotte's Student Theatre Guild is the 5th STG musical and the 8th TC production I've had the privilege of being a part of. In August of 2009 my feet entered Theatre Charlotte's doors for the first time. I smelled its smell. I stood in its wings. I accepted its welcoming invitation to audition for those 13 empty rows-all for the very first time. Little did I know that this audition for 'Annie' would mark the beginning of a beautiful relationship between a little girl with a dream and a little white theater awaiting a dream to foster. Little did I know that this smell would become my haven, these wings would become my comfort and this tiny theater would become my own little corner of the world. (more...)


BWW Blog: Cheyenne Dalton - Theatre Makes Us HumanBWW Blog: Cheyenne Dalton - Theatre Makes Us Human
by Cheyenne Dalton - July 25, 2016

As someone who came from a family of electrical linemen and bankers and contract specialists, started out pre-vet in middle school, detoured to pre-med in high school, and finally to theatre - not only did my career choice fail to reach the goals previously set for me by my peers, my teachers, and my parents, but I was left with a huge question: does what I do make a valuable contribution to this world and society?  (more...)


BWW Blog: Amanda Grillo - Luciana's Outlook: A Stage Manager's PerspectiveBWW Blog: Amanda Grillo - Luciana's Outlook: A Stage Manager's Perspective
by Amanda Grillo - July 25, 2016

This week, we call our attention to a position that is necessary for any production to run smoothly. Whether it be a play or musical, professional or community, no production is complete without a stage manager. They keep you organized and aren't afraid to take that script from you when you were supposed to be off book last week. They are a wealth of knowledge, glue that keeps the show together. Here at the West Haven Council on the Arts/ Theater West, our stage manager for The Comedy of Errors is Dana Kaplan. (more...)


BWW Blog: Taylor Kyes - Make Time for the Arts BWW Blog: Taylor Kyes - Make Time for the Arts 
by Taylor Kyes - July 22, 2016

My life is as crazy as ever. Just because it is the summer does not mean that it is any less busy than the school year. I interned at Sportody.com this summer, I have to write an Extended Essay for the IB program, I have to get Inbound Certified for my fall internship, I just started my own blog, koffeekisses.com. I have schoolwork. And I haven't even thought about preparing for the District Festival for Thespians this fall.  (more...)


BWW Blog: Casey Hebbel - A Fantastical Week at TranscendenceBWW Blog: Casey Hebbel - A Fantastical Week at Transcendence
by Casey Hebbel - July 22, 2016

We have had a FANTASTICAL week at Transcendence!!! Not only did our Artists put together a magical show, FANTASTICAL FAMILY NIGHT, but our hearts were exploded on a daily basis by the amazing kids in our 2016 Transcendence Kids Camp!! Here to tell you all about it is Casey Hebbel... (more...)


BWW Vlog: Meet the Cast of I LOVE YOU BECAUSEBWW Vlog: Meet the Cast of I LOVE YOU BECAUSE
by I LOVE YOU BECAUSE - July 22, 2016

Get to know the cast of Our Production's I LOVE YOU BECAUSE as they approach day one of rehearsal, featuring Monique Abry (Diana), Joey Donoian (NYC Man), Kyle Montgomery (Jeff) , Kathryn Taylor Rose (NYC Woman), Rashaun Sibley (Austin) and Juliette Talley (Marcy). (more...)


BWW Blog: Tara Folio - Multiple Character DisorderBWW Blog: Tara Folio - Multiple Character Disorder
by Tara Folio - July 22, 2016

Currently seeking a therapist that specializes in multiple personality disorder, or maybe multiple character disorder. (more...)


BWW Blog: Alyssa Sileo - Broadway Wants You - No, Really, It Wants YouBWW Blog: Alyssa Sileo - Broadway Wants You - No, Really, It Wants You
by Alyssa Sileo - July 20, 2016

Whip out every drop of skill acquired from those Reading Comprehension lessons in Lit Class, my friends. I want to ask you to analyze the words of the title. (more...)


BWW Blog: Naomi Melvin - Somebody's Eyes: Life in DoubleBWW Blog: Naomi Melvin - Somebody's Eyes: Life in Double
by Naomi Melvin - July 20, 2016

Theatre in Toronto is moving and shaking. This city has a consistent flow of productions year-round, but the summer is a particularly exciting time to celebrate home-grown work. On June 27, the 2016 Dora Mavor Moore Awards took place at the Harbourfront Centre. The ceremony recognizes Toronto-based creators in theatre, dance and opera spanning 48 categories. I had the honour of attending the awards on behalf of Randolph Academy and was reminded of how diverse, vibrant and hard-working our theatre community is. Many post-Dora commentators regarded Bruce Dow's outstanding job as host. His undeniable humour did not deter from socially charged commentary on the state of our community's compensation. Bruce also directed the audience's attention to the world stage, advising that artists must continue to unite globally in the wake of political events happening around the world. The breadth of work being created in this city is astounding. Repeatedly, I heard award recipients talk about persistence in this industry. Years and years of creative trial have led to works formally recognized. It is a profession worth its weight in blood, but worth every beautiful drop. I left the awards wanting to see more theatre, learn more about the veterans in the room and take a whole list of people out for coffee.  (more...)


BWW Blog: Michael Hartung - Photos Make Tech Week Look So GlamorousBWW Blog: Michael Hartung - Photos Make Tech Week Look So Glamorous
by Michael Hartung - July 20, 2016

You guys. Today our day off. I don't know if I've ever been more thankful to not have to set an alarm in the morning. Granted, I'll be honest in saying that's not the first time I've ever uttered those words, but it's been a long week of tech and previews here at PIRATES OF PENZANCE at Barrington Stage. As I write this, I am sitting outside in a rocking chair (how Berkshires of me, I know), sucking on a Manuka honey lozenge (my dressing-room-mate, Alex Gibson turned me on to them...he's so fancy) and sipping on a nice glass of water. That is how long of a week it's been! So long that I'm drinking water instead of whiskey and about to make myself an Epsom salt bath.  (more...)


BWW Blog: Paisley Haddad - Touring Theatre Saves The Arts In My Community!BWW Blog: Paisley Haddad - Touring Theatre Saves The Arts In My Community!
by Paisley Haddad - July 19, 2016

This past fall my high school's theatre group travelled to local elementary schools to perform "Folktales For Fun", which connected folktales to different countries to teach kids all about different cultures. Some of the stories included Cinderella from Egypt (Rhodopis and Her Golden Scandals), The Three Hares (a take on the three little pigs) from Turkey, The Bremen Town Musicians from Germany, The Snake from Spain,  Why Bears Have Stumpy Tails from Norway,and How Tortoise Tricked Leopard . There were two casts, so that we could make it to more schools than we would have if we only had one cast and to not miss a lot of school ourselves. Our costumes were simple, but effective. The three headed snake was portrayed by three snake hats, the turtle was portrayed by a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles backpack on my back, and many other clever animal hats.  At first, I was a little curious on how the kids would respond to the play, because our teacher told the schools that it was geared toward 3rd to 5th graders. Which is always a tough audience. Once we got out to the schools, it was one of the most rewarding things that I have ever experienced. (more...)


BWW Blog: Morgan Reynolds of THE WIZARD OF OZ Tour - An Exclusive Look at 8 Months on the Road, Filmed 1 Second Each DayBWW Blog: Morgan Reynolds of THE WIZARD OF OZ Tour - An Exclusive Look at 8 Months on the Road, Filmed 1 Second Each Day
by Morgan Reynolds - July 18, 2016

THE WIZARD OF OZ NORTH AMERICAN TOUR played its final performance on Sunday, July 17 at the Straz Center in Tampa, FL.  During the tour, Morgan Reynolds (Scarecrow) took fans on a backstage journey down the yellow brick road.  Here is the final installment: An incredible look at 8 months on the road, captured in a second each day.  Check out the video below!  (more...)


BWW Blog: Taylor Kyes - Alternate RealitiesBWW Blog: Taylor Kyes - Alternate Realities
by Taylor Kyes - July 18, 2016

When you are standing up on that stage, you enter an alternate reality. The lines you are saying, the motions you are making; they become real. You are transported into this world. It is an experience like no other- an experience which many people never get the pleasure of experiencing.  (more...)


BWW Blog: Sam Weber - Selling Out: the Costs and Benefits of Commerciality BWW Blog: Sam Weber - Selling Out: the Costs and Benefits of Commerciality 
by Sam Weber - July 18, 2016

Since you're on Broadway World, chances are you're the type of person who is familiar with the concept of artist merit.  By that, I mean you're the person who appreciates the lengthy productions of Sunday in the Park with George just as much if not more (let's face it, way more) than you do a spunky production of familiar shows like Footloose or Grease (god bless those good old high school staples).  You're also probably the person who, although you secretly live every time you hear "Defying Gravity", is so over those mainstream shows.  Many college students would much rather revive Applause than they would something like Beauty and the Beast, but when you're breaking into the business or just starting out in production, finding the original artistic value in those "over-exposed" shows might be just what you need to build a reputation. (more...)


BWW Blog: Sam Weber - Making it Work: Student Productions and TechBWW Blog: Sam Weber - Making it Work: Student Productions and Tech
by Sam Weber - July 18, 2016

Well, it's been awhile - and to be quite honest, not a ton of progress has been made since I introduced my current project.  As I believe I mentioned, myself and a few other students at my college have for the last two years produced full-fledged productions of musicals in less than 24 hours.  Beginning this fall, we are trying to expand our "season", if you will, with another full student production, however this time rehearsed sparsely over the course of two weeks instead of all in one day (with an approx. total rehearsal time of ~40 hours).  Our hope is that this will give us a chance to produce larger scale shows, with more complex elements, and larger, more inclusive casts. (more...)


BWW Blog: Dayana Sanchez - The Artist's Role: #BlacklivesmatterBWW Blog: Dayana Sanchez - The Artist's Role: #Blacklivesmatter
by Dayana Sanchez - July 18, 2016

The tragedies in today's society can make anyone feel lost. We are angry and we are hurting but we must conquer it to find healthy solutions to our problems. Being an artist is not easy, it's hard but we are learning to be creative and with what we learn we must act and encourage people to keep educating ourselves. (more...)


BWW Blog: Amanda Grillo - The World You Live in: The Effects of Outdoor TheatreBWW Blog: Amanda Grillo - The World You Live in: The Effects of Outdoor Theatre
by Amanda Grillo - July 18, 2016

It is summertime! Whether it be community theatre, regional theatre, all the way to the professional level, summer is a prime time to take in a show. There is a lot of thought and work that comes into creating the experience. Experiences can range from the traditional indoor theatre to taking in a production while enjoying a picnic at a local park. This week we are taking a look at some of the positives and negatives to outdoor theatre productions. (more...)


Photo Flash: CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY, PHANTOM and More Pose for Intermission Pics!Photo Flash: CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY, PHANTOM and More Pose for Intermission Pics!
by BWW News Desk - July 17, 2016

Rounding out this weekend are some Intermission pics from shows around the world in what has become one of the theatre community's most beloved traditions: BroadwayWorld's Intermission Pic roundup! (more...)


BWW Blog: Bob Marks - Your Performance Goals in the Context of Your LifestyleBWW Blog: Bob Marks - Your Performance Goals in the Context of Your Lifestyle
by Bob Marks - July 15, 2016

As one of the pianists for the original Broadway production of Annie, many of my voice teacher colleagues were horrified at the thought of little girls being asked to belt out songs such as 'Tomorrow' and 'Hard Knock Life.' And yet, many of these teachers refused to accept those young girls as students! At that time, many voice teachers would not agree to teach students who had unchanged, prepubescent voices. They were under the impression that voice lessons could permanently damage a child's voice, which remained a widely accepted belief for many years.  (more...)


BWW Blog: Nanjibah Khan - Trying New ThingsBWW Blog: Nanjibah Khan - Trying New Things
by Nanjibah Khan - July 15, 2016

Summertime. For theatre kids that aren't attending something like theatre camp, this season is complete agony. Even when you're on vacation, it's weird… Not getting the daily dose of rehearsal that your body feels like it needs after years of it. Yet, I feel like summertime is a perfect opportunity to try out new things in the theatre itself. It can help you understand what other parts of theatre you're interested in, because even if it doesn't seem like it, it's not all about the singing and the acting and the dancing! There are people behind all of that, and without their abilities, there wouldn't be a show at all.  (more...)


BWW Blog: Meggie Cansler - Inspire to Change the WorldBWW Blog: Meggie Cansler - Inspire to Change the World
by Meggie Cansler - July 15, 2016

Transcendence Theatre Company is more than just a night at the theatre. Our Mission is "to create transcendent experiences that inspire others to go beyond the usual limits and change the world in extraordinary ways." (more...)


BWW Blog: Christopher Panella - Summertime Boredom: Overcoming the Plague of LazinessBWW Blog: Christopher Panella - Summertime Boredom: Overcoming the Plague of Laziness
by Christopher Panella - July 14, 2016

Ah, summer. A time for rest, relaxation, fun, and as of last week, catching virtual Pokemon in a multitude of locations. Of course, Pokemon Go can't make up for total boredom of summer. Yes, summer is a great time to accomplish activities that just don't fit into our school year rut. However, many of us fill our summers with naps and Netflix-binging and video games (and reading, right? Especially plays like 4000 Miles) which is not always the best idea. Thus, I present a guide to overcoming the plague of laziness that we all face during summer. (more...)







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