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BWW Blog: Christopher Panella -Be Who You Want and Be Independent
by Christopher Panella - May 25, 2016

Destiny's Child pushed for women to be independent in 2001 with Independent Woman, and I am pushing for actors to be independent today with this blog. Independence is a quality few people possess, a quality I am thankful enough to have, and a quality I hope to instill upon people. This quality is useful in almost any situation. But truthfully, I think it can be most useful to actors.  (more...)

BWW Blog: Clarissa Moon - A Weekend at Fringe
by Clarissa Moon - May 25, 2016

In Orlando, the Fringe festival is kind of a big deal. It's a time when the theatre community comes together to perform, watch shows, network, eat from food trucks, and celebrate the arts. I saw three shows this weekend at the festival: On The Line, Burn Job, and Simpleton. (more...)

BWW Blog: Eliza Porsella - Don't Knock the Scenery!
by Elizabeth Porsella - May 25, 2016

With less than a month before "Shrek" makes its debut, we have doubled our rehearsal time. We have also had many more morning rehearsals to clean the dances. So far all of the morning rehearsals are for the Duloc performance. The Duloc number is still shaky. Our music teacher also plays the piano faster than the recorded music we rehearse to. Therefore, we are usually late for certain parts. (more...)

BWW Blog: Micah Young - Right On
by Micah Young - May 24, 2016

What would you do if failure was an option?  What would you think if you didn't need to be right?  I wouldn't suggest leaping off a cliff without a parachute, but I think there is pressure in all fields, to be right and to be successful.  And who doesn't want to be successful?  More money, more power, more opportunities.  But when we are creating, or even having a discussion, being able to simply say, "I don't know" has a stigma attached to it. (more...)

BWW Blog: Emma VanDeVelde - The Blumey Awards: That's What It's Really About 
by Emma VanDeVelde - May 23, 2016

On May 22, 2016 at approximately 6:55 pm, nearly 100 high school students anxiously stood behind a curtain on the stage of the Belk theater. At 7:06 pm, this curtain rose to reveal a completely sold out house comprised of parents, classmates, theater educators and industry professionals and acted as the beginning of one of the raddest nights of their lives. (more...)

BWW Blog: Samantha Tirrell - BACKBEARD, Becoming
by Samantha Tirrell - May 23, 2016

We are about to enter our final week of rehearsal for Backbeard: A New Musical at the Theatre Institute at Sage! This Friday, we will begin technical rehearsals for the show, and we open for school groups next Wednesday, June 1st. It will be an exciting last week as the final details are hammered out and we finally see the results of our efforts come to fruition.  (more...)

BWW Blog: Nanjibah Khan - A Show To Remember
by Nanjibah Khan - May 23, 2016

Lion King Jr. was performed at Parkway Middle School of the Arts on May 18th and 19th.  After five whole months of hard work, dedication, and practice, an absolutely fantastic show came together. This is my last show at Parkway Middle School of the Arts, and I could not have asked for a better experience as my last memory in such a wonderful performing arts program.  (more...)

BWW Blog: Naomi Melvin - Somebody's Eyes: A First Look at Randolph Academy's FOOTLOOSE
by Naomi Melvin - May 23, 2016

Randolph Academy's Class of 2016 (Summer) is graduating in 81 days and I am but one member of this sizeable and extraordinary group.  It is my absolute pleasure to share the work on our last production, Footloose, with you over the next few months. Hey, my name is Naomi!  (more...)

BWW Blog: Sam Weber - Just Another Day, Only a Day
by Sam Weber - May 23, 2016

If you're reading this, chances are I do not need to describe what many refer to as 'the magic' of theatre.  You're probably living it right now.  Whether this idea refers to the relationships within a cast, the effect of the show on an audience, or simply the energy that you can only feel onstage, there is certainly something special about being a part of theatre.  Now take all of those warm fuzzies, and put them into one tiny, little 24-Hour long box.  You shouldn't be able to, right?  But it's completely possible, and it's something students from all across my university have been doing for two years now. (more...)

BWW Blog: Leanne Marie Laurino - Under the Lights
by Leanne Marie Laurino - May 23, 2016

Show teasers allow the opportunity to publicize a production as well as create anticipation for opening night! (more...)

BWW Blog: Micah Young - Perform At Your Own Risk
by Micah Young - May 23, 2016

It is difficult to examine a situation with clarity.  Often our passion for a project, our love for a job or our opinions about the people involved make it hard to make a clear-cut decision.  There are some situations where our own well-being is at stake; it is in these situations we have to make the hard choice of staying in the situation or finding a way to remove ourselves. (more...)

BWW Blog: Amanda Grillo - Theatre Bug Infects the Campus: Faculty Perspective
by Amanda Grillo - May 23, 2016

Last week I shared the growth of the University of New Haven's Theatre Department from the student perspective. Recently I had the opportunity to sit down with a few of the faculty to hear their views of the program's growth. (more...)

BWW Blog: Sarah Osman - Getting to Know the Freshmen Actors and Stage Managing
by Sarah Osman - May 23, 2016

House down… Curtains opening… Go! Cue 634… Go!  Showtime!!! (more...)

BWW Blog: Marina Maldonado - See Ya Later, Birdie
by Marina Maldonado - May 20, 2016

This past Friday, we reached the end of our journey with Bye Bye Birdie! I know we will all miss being a part of this wonderful show, but we were so happy to share it with great audiences all three nights! Running a show is truly so different than the rehearsal process, because there is no room to restart and everyone is giving a 100% to their character that we normally don't see in rehearsals.  (more...)

BWW Blog: Bob Marks - The Importance of Posture in Your Singing
by Bob Marks - May 20, 2016

If you have ever attended a classical voice recital, you probably saw an elegantly dressed performer situated near the crook of a grand piano for the duration of the performance.  Traditionally, recitalists remain standing with "noble" posture throughout their program, and only gesture with their hands and body for extreme emphasis.  (more...)

BWW Blog: Amanda Bohlmann - Putting Together a Show on a Small Stage
by Amanda Bohlmann - May 20, 2016

When deciding on what show to do for each semester, our theater group gets together to discuss possibilities to run by our director. Our director threw Sweeney Todd out as an option but we all knew it was going to be a challenge. One of the biggest things we have to take into consideration when choosing a show every year is our very tiny stage. Our theater has a little over 100 seats but has the smallest little stage. We also have to squeeze our orchestra on the stage right corner of the stage because there is no other place to put them! Visioning sets on that stage always is difficult to start but with the help of our amazing crew, we manage to pull it off every year.  (more...)

BWW Blog: FIDDLER ON THE ROOF's Ben Rappaport- Monday Monday
by Ben Rappaport - May 19, 2016

I'm amazed at how many things I keep learning from doing this show every day. Yesterday, during the matinee, as we were performing the sons' section of 'Tradition', I discovered that I was holding my breath during certain pieces of choreography, which obviously inhibited my singing. I mean, you're reading that thinking, 'well duh, Ben'. You're right. Absolutely 'duh', but it took me six whole months to realize that. That's the odd phenomenon of this almost zen practice of eight shows a week in a long run. (more...)

Photo Flash: Go Inside Rehearsals for THE GO-BETWEEN, with Michael Crawford
by BWW News Desk - May 19, 2016

As BroadwayWorld previously reported, Michael Crawford will return to the London Stage in a new musical, based on the famed novel The Go-Between this spring. Joining the previously announced Michael Crawford - with the multi Olivier and Tony-award winning starreturning to London's West End to play Leo Colston - will be Issy Van Randwyck. Renowned for her starring role in the celebrated cabaret groupFascinating Aida, Issy will play the role of Mrs Maudsley. (more...)

BWW Blog: Aimee Hunsinger - Willkommen, Bienvenue, Welcome!
by Aimee Hunsinger - May 19, 2016

Hello. My name is Aimee and I will be your tour guide to anything and everything Millbrook Playhouse. I am super excited to share my experiences this summer with you.  Millbrook Playhouse is a unique theater that used to be a barn. It has been open for over 50 years, and I have been with the barn for 11 of those years! (Including this summer season) This summer I will be in Peace Love and Cupcakes, The Little Mermaid, and the Teen Performing Arts Academy's production of Into The Woods Jr. I will write about performances, rehearsals, and the fabulous adventures with my wacky friends.  (more...)

BWW Blog: Tara Folio - You Rest, You Rust
by Tara Folio - May 19, 2016

One of my favorite mantras is, "If you rest, you rust". (more...)

BWW Blog: Eliza Porsella - Fun, Stress and Nerve-Racking
by Elizabeth Porsella - May 19, 2016

Just as I predicted, we were called for a special rehearsal of the Duloc number the day after chorus ended.  We learned almost all of the second half of the number. The next day, at our weekly rehearsal, we practiced the Duloc number again while blocking the show. When we tried, everything we had learned in the morning practice had gone out the window. We remembered the steps, we just couldn't remember the order. It didn't help that the girl playing Lord Farquaad was absent. She yells out words like "Boom!" "Bam!" "Pow!" Each word has a step happening at the same time. The words help us remember when each step happens and which step we have to do. (more...)

BWW Blog: Christopher Panella - Advice to Actors: Take a Break from the Stage and Work Behind It
by Christopher Panella - May 18, 2016

Performers love the stage. Actors love every single second they get onstage, every moment under the spotlight. It's the best feeling in the world for us. But the worst thing to be in this highly competitive theatre world is specialized in only one aspect of theatre. For instance, only being trained in one style of dance isn't going to help you out in the long run when you audition for a dance company. The same is for performers. Stop performing. Quit thinking that it's okay to only be an actor, a singer, a dancer. Learn every aspect of theatre, every talent you can. This may seem annoying, but as an artist, it will help you in the long run to be knowledgeable about as much as you can.  (more...)

BWW Blog: Kaci Pelias - Stressed, but Broadway-Blessed
by Kaci Pelias - May 18, 2016

Hello!  It has been a long while!  These last few weeks I have been studying, stressing, and screaming.  Four AP tests,  one standardized test, and Annie auditions later, I'm back and ready to discuss all things theatre with you guys! (more...)

BWW Blog: Micah Young - Happy Talk
by Micah Young - May 17, 2016

Ideas are only as good as the attention we give them.  If you come up with the next brilliant idea, then do nothing with it, it's useless.  And while not every idea is the next lightbulb invention, we need to write them down, cultivate them and brainstorm.  There is a fine balance when we start sharing the ideas and everyone in the room starts sharing their idea. (more...)

BWW Blog: Sarah Osman - Robot Babies and Responsibilities [As An Actor]
by Sarah Osman - May 17, 2016

I'm still in high school and as a junior we just learned about the perils of sex and parenting. As a health class project, we were assigned electronic babies to care for over the course of two days. So how does this correlate to performing? … Responsibility! (more...)