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BWW Student Blog: Brynn Bonne - THE SECRET GARDEN ReviewBWW Student Blog: Brynn Bonne - THE SECRET GARDEN Review
by Brynn Bonne - January 16, 2017

It's A Maze-ing! The Secret Garden spreads wonder, 'wick' and music on stage in Toronto! (more...)


BWW Blog: Keanna Irving - Shakespeare Meets Hip Hop: A Review of OTHELLO: THE REMIXBWW Blog: Keanna Irving - Shakespeare Meets Hip Hop: A Review of OTHELLO: THE REMIX
by Keanna Irving - January 16, 2017

The Westside Theatre pulsed with hip hop music and glowed with the neon lights on stage. Did I come to the right place or was this a club? I settled into my seat, ready for this one act ride.  (more...)


BWW Blog: Monica Furman - Creative Juicing with Mariah Owen and Leah McKendrickBWW Blog: Monica Furman - Creative Juicing with Mariah Owen and Leah McKendrick
by Monica Furman - January 16, 2017

Content warning: This article describes art about sexual assault. (more...)


BWW Blog: Emma VanDeVelde - Broadway Stars and Awkward Selfies: Interview With MISS SAIGON Star Eva Noblezada BWW Blog: Emma VanDeVelde - Broadway Stars and Awkward Selfies: Interview With MISS SAIGON Star Eva Noblezada 
by Emma VanDeVelde - January 13, 2017

The summer after her junior year of high school, seventeen-year-old Eva Noblezada ventured to the big apple to compete in the National High School Musical Theater Awards (aka the Jimmy Awards). It was there that she would learn from industry professionals, and compete against the cream of the crop in high school theater from around the country. Little did she know that this competition would catapult her into a series of auditions and eventually land her the lead role in Miss Saigon on London's West End.  (more...)


BWW Blog: Amanda Grillo - Body Positivity in TheatreBWW Blog: Amanda Grillo - Body Positivity in Theatre
by Amanda Grillo - January 13, 2017

It's everywhere. Body Positive ads and videos work its way into the media on practically a daily basis. Stores are expanding the sizes they carry, girls are encouraged to embrace their curves, but all the same a photoshopped fantasy takes over our minds thinking what the ideal image is. I decided to take a look at how this affects the theatre world that I am so blessed to be a part of. I surveyed one hundred random, anonymous participants. The survey was distributed to several different theatre pages on social media where participants have a wide range of experiences and opinions. I also had the pleasure to interview Michael Kennedy (a student at the University of New Haven), Stephen Sheperd (a recent alumnus of the University of New Haven), and Diana Dart Harris (a professor at the University of New Haven whom has degrees in both dance education and exercise science). (more...)


BWW Blog: Alyssa Sileo - Attention Theatre Teachers and Students!BWW Blog: Alyssa Sileo - Attention Theatre Teachers and Students!
by Alyssa Sileo - January 13, 2017

As juniors & senior students from the School of Performing Arts at Gloucester County Institute of Technology and proud members of International Thespian Society Troupe 5480, we're embarking on a theatre advocacy project, and we need your help! (more...)


BWW Blog: Clarissa Moon - Talking with Lauren Culver from PRIVATE LIVES at The Studio Theatre BWW Blog: Clarissa Moon - Talking with Lauren Culver from PRIVATE LIVES at The Studio Theatre 
by Clarissa Moon - January 13, 2017

To start off the new year, The Studio Theatre at the Villages presents Noel Coward's classic, PRIVATE LIVES. Lauren Culver plays Amanda, who discovers on her honeymoon that her ex, Elyot, is staying with his new wife in the adjacent room. I talked with Lauren about the stylized comedy of the play, her character, and presenting this classic to a modern audience.  (more...)


BWW Blog: Sarah Osman - 2016 Reflection: THE SKIN OF OUR TEETH (TSOOT 2)BWW Blog: Sarah Osman - 2016 Reflection: THE SKIN OF OUR TEETH (TSOOT 2)
by Sarah Osman - January 09, 2017

'We've learned. We're learning. And the steps of our journey are marked for us here.' (The Skin of Our Teeth, Act III) (more...)


BWW Blog: Leanne Laurino - Meeting Emily HampshireBWW Blog: Leanne Laurino - Meeting Emily Hampshire
by Leanne Marie Laurino - January 09, 2017

Within the past week, I had the pleasure of meeting award - winning Canadian film and television actress, Emily Hampshire. She came in to speak to my Advanced Musical Theatre Class offering her insight into the film and television industry. Emily shared her story of how she made her dream become a reality. From an early age, she focused on her goals bringing her the success she has today.  Emily's infectious spirit permeated the classroom as 18 eager students hung on her every word. She was so supportive of us, excited to watch our performances and shared her enthusiasm.  (more...)


BWW Blog: Cheyenne Dalton - The Best Thing About Being a Theatre MajorBWW Blog: Cheyenne Dalton - The Best Thing About Being a Theatre Major
by Cheyenne Dalton - January 09, 2017

I bet you think I'll say "built in friends" or "fun classes" or "hanging out in the green room" or "doing shows," and while all of those things are great and mostly true, none of those things are the best thing about being a theatre major. (more...)


BWW Blog: Sebastian Trevino - RevivalsBWW Blog: Sebastian Trevino - Revivals
by Sebastian Trevino - January 09, 2017

Revivals can be a tricky subject. People fall in love with the details that make up a show without realizing it. I mean, how can Elphaba's grandiose Defying Gravity first act ending ever be done differently? What about Phantom's epic chandelier drop, how can that be altered? Yes, we tend to cherish certain elements from a show and at times even consider them to be irreplaceable. I, like some of you, am one of those theatre fans. So yeah, I'll admit, I was a bit worried when I found out Mexico's Rent Revival was going to have a completely new take on this modern musical classic.  (more...)


BWW Blog: Bob Marks - Finding Music That Suits YouBWW Blog: Bob Marks - Finding Music That Suits You
by Bob Marks - January 03, 2017

Just as you would build a wardrobe, with varied outfits for different occasions and temperatures, your music repertoire book needs to feature a diverse selection of pieces to show you can handle different sorts of singing demands. Not every song can (or should be) a show-stopper, full of dramatic heft and long, sustained high notes at the top of your range. Sometimes, it's more important to demonstrate naturalness and vulnerability, or show that you understand the needs of a very specific musical style. It's valuable to have many different kinds of songs in your "toolbox" to exhibit the full scope of your strengths.  (more...)


BWW Blog: Amanda Grillo - Finding the Fit: TypecastingBWW Blog: Amanda Grillo - Finding the Fit: Typecasting
by Amanda Grillo - January 03, 2017

A big part of show business is typecasting. There are "types" that people fall into. These can be based around age, race, gender, and personality. Some people this as an opportunity to play to their strengths. I once participated in a workshop where the instructor told us to "know our types". He then began to call people out one by one: "You're a Fierstein. Try looking at Edna Turnblad or Tevye." "You're a Broderick. Look at his roles." "Streisand. You have a lot of options for material." He compared us to already well known household names in the theatre world. What about embracing who you naturally are? Why be the next [insert celebrity here], when you can make a name for yourself and be original? There are stock characters that people naturally gravitate towards with ease whether it be by look or by personality, but if people get locked into these types it begins to be all they are seen as. To some people, these types can be seen as limiting. There's not much variety in roles if they play the same kind of part over and over. Actors should try to expand their range of roles when possible. The popular belief of what is attractive doesn't necessarily need to be the leading players driving the action, but just because someone who isn't conventionally attractive drives the story doesn't mean it is an ugly duckling tale. Dramaturgy also comes into play if a character description is explicitly influencing the script. That being said, I've seen several productions where the characters look phenomenal. They are a perfect depiction of how the story describes, but the talent was subpar. It was very clear that a different person was a much better fit, though they might not have been the perfect image. This idea got me thinking: Just because you look the part, does that mean you deserve it?  (more...)


BWW Blog: Christopher Castanho's 2016 - A Year In ReviewBWW Blog: Christopher Castanho's 2016 - A Year In Review
by Christopher Castanho - December 31, 2016

I'm often a very positive person, being able to see the silver lining of every situation, and do not like to admit or submit to hardships in my life. But to be completely honest, 2016 has been a difficult year. As life can be tumultuous sometimes, it can also be magnificent. Alas, here we are, at the conclusion of our year, and I thought I'd do a little 'Year In Review' of my 2016. (more...)


BWW Blog: Dalton Allison - An Intriguing Role ReversalBWW Blog: Dalton Allison - An Intriguing Role Reversal
by Dalton Allison - December 30, 2016

The moment I found out that I would have the privilege of Assistant Directing the all-youth production of The Fantastic Mr. Fox, I felt a certain excitement boil within me. I would be able to see the production of a show from a different point of view, the directorial view. The part that I was excited about most was the part that the actors dread the most- The Big Bad Audition.  (more...)


BWW Blog: Kellie Williams - My Top 3 Favorite Parts of NATASHA, PIERRE, AND THE GREAT COMET OF 1812BWW Blog: Kellie Williams - My Top 3 Favorite Parts of NATASHA, PIERRE, AND THE GREAT COMET OF 1812
by Kellie Williams - December 29, 2016

Earlier this month, I saw Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812 on Broadway with my mom and sister. It was unlike anything I've ever seen on Broadway-or anywhere-in the best possible way. Here's a list of my top three favorite things about the show: (more...)


BWW Blog: Keanna Irving - Three Enjoyable 'Study Breaks'BWW Blog: Keanna Irving - Three Enjoyable 'Study Breaks'
by Keanna Irving - December 29, 2016

Going to the theater is the best study break in the city. For a few short hours, the stress dissipates and you get lost in stories that actors pour out in front of you. Spontaneous excursions to the theatre have become the occasional treat that I greatly enjoy. After seeing seven shows this semester, a few have stuck out in particular.  (more...)


BWW Blog: Monica Furman - New Year's ResolutionsBWW Blog: Monica Furman - New Year's Resolutions
by Monica Furman - December 28, 2016

Ah, New Year's Resolutions. I make these every year and I dread them every year, mostly because I know the lifespan of these promises might not outlive the month of January. However, this year, I am taking a different approach. Maybe it's because I'm smack dab in the middle of senior year and I'm really feeling that 'transitional life change' crisis, but I've been getting really inspired lately. For 2017, I'm creating artistic New Year's Resolutions where, if I (hopefully) complete them, the principle of each can translate to 'real life' (whatever that is). (more...)


BWW Blog: Christopher Panella - Adios, 2016! My Favorite MomentsBWW Blog: Christopher Panella - Adios, 2016! My Favorite Moments
by Christopher Panella - December 28, 2016

2016 is officially ending, and while much of the year was filled with major upsets (RIP David Bowie, Carrie Fisher, Prince, Muhammad Ali, Carrie, Alan Rickman, and many others) and some seriously stressful moments (2016 presidential election, I'm looking at you!), the year had bright moments too! Thus, I run through a few of my favorite moments of 2016. (more...)


BWW Blog: Jakob Creighton - The Home StretchBWW Blog: Jakob Creighton - The Home Stretch
by Jakob Creighton - December 23, 2016

I know it's been a couple of weeks since I last posted!! I've been very busy with exams, but now they're done! (more...)


BWW Review: MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET at Neptune Theatre - Classic Movie a Stunning Screen to Stage TransformationBWW Review: MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET at Neptune Theatre - Classic Movie a Stunning Screen to Stage Transformation
by Chelsey Robichaud - December 22, 2016

MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET, presented by Neptune Theatre, is a warm welcome into the holiday season. This adaption is like attending a family holiday tradition with an added touch for a new generation; dazzling touches from the bright, vintage set to Wade Lynch's jolly interpretation of Kris Kringle. (more...)


BWW Blog: Clarissa Moon - An Interview with the Cast of Opera Orlando's AMAHL AND THE NIGHT VISITORSBWW Blog: Clarissa Moon - An Interview with the Cast of Opera Orlando's AMAHL AND THE NIGHT VISITORS
by Clarissa Moon - December 22, 2016

This week, I got the chance to talk with Ola Rafalo, Dalton Joseph, Peter Rodrigues, Kyle Knappenberger, and Bryant Williams from Opera Orlando's 'Amahl and the Night Visitors.' (more...)


BWW Blog: Alyssa Sileo - We'll Always Be Like One: Grease at the 2016 6ABC Dunkin' Donuts Thanksgiving Day ParadeBWW Blog: Alyssa Sileo - We'll Always Be Like One: Grease at the 2016 6ABC Dunkin' Donuts Thanksgiving Day Parade
by Alyssa Sileo - December 21, 2016

About a month ago, my voice made its local television debut as I stood on the Philadelphia Art Museum steps, in an aquamarine sweater and polka dot skirt, and sang twenty seconds of 'You're The One That I Want.' I would consider a Thanksgiving spent singing one of my favorite musicals a pretty dip-da-dip-da-dip doo-wop-be-dooby-doo one. (more...)


BWW Blog: Patti Meadors - 10 Things I Wish I Knew Before My First College AuditionBWW Blog: Patti Meadors - 10 Things I Wish I Knew Before My First College Audition
by Patti Meadors - December 19, 2016

I just spent this fall season at five different colleges every weekend, auditioning for BFA musical theatre programs and I have learned a lot along the way. Here are 10 things I wish I knew before I embarked on this journey. (more...)


BWW Blog: Amanda Grillo - Understanding Empathy: A Theatre for Community Impact ReflectionBWW Blog: Amanda Grillo - Understanding Empathy: A Theatre for Community Impact Reflection
by Amanda Grillo - December 19, 2016

In taking the class this semester, I learned so much about how theatre makes an impact on our community (yes, that is the class title and it is self explanatory). I learned about other theatre companies make their impact such as La Poca Nostra, the Yes Men, and the San Francisco Mime Troupe. I got the chance to research issues affecting our communities and collaborate with my classmates to make art addressing those issues. This show was certainly one for the books. With a minimal amount of rehearsal time, we put this show together within a matter of weeks. Everyone took on a wide array of responsibilities and I couldn't be prouder of my classmates. Here is what some of them had to say about their experiences: (more...)