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BWW Student Blog: Sydney Gross- AuditionsBWW Student Blog: Sydney Gross- Auditions
by Sydney Gross - December 09, 2016

"Hey there Delilah, what's it like in New York City..." Lori's alarm clock blared as she groggily went to hit the snooze button. She knew she could not let that button be hit one more time, it was her opening night on Broadway. Everyday was the same for her. Get up, go to school, go to rehearsal, get some sort of fast food, go home, do homework, and finally go to sleep. It was an endless cycle that probably is not very healthy. Anybody would think that having an opening night on Broadway would be fun and exciting, but for Lori, there was so many things going on in her head. Lori was an average teenager, stressing over grades, popularity, and boys. That was until she heard on the radio that Hamilton, the smash hit musical that had been breaking ticket number records since it opened, was having an open casting audition in New York City for the new Elizabeth Schuyler. Lori had been acting her entire life in community theatres and schools and such. Her dream was to eventually make it to Broadway but she never thought that this opportunity would come so early in life. She sat up in bed and looked at her watch. (more...)


BWW Blog: Alyssa Sileo - Songs That Sum Up the Holiday SeasonBWW Blog: Alyssa Sileo - Songs That Sum Up the Holiday Season
by Alyssa Sileo - December 07, 2016

Merry December, Drama Kids! This is the month in which we replace our mugs of throat coat with mugs of hot chocolate and sit in Holiday Cabaret techs for hours. Our celebrations are particularly shiny this time of year-so here comes a Songs That Sum Up With Lots of Tinsel. (more...)


BWW Blog: Samantha Jamieson - Today Is Your Day!BWW Blog: Samantha Jamieson - Today Is Your Day!
by Samantha Jamieson - December 06, 2016

(*Boom-Boom... Boom-Boom... Boom-Boom…*) (more...)


BWW Student Blog: Clarissa Moon - Talking with the Cast of THE HAPPY ELF at the Orlando REPBWW Student Blog: Clarissa Moon - Talking with the Cast of THE HAPPY ELF at the Orlando REP
by Clarissa Moon - December 06, 2016

This week, I got to chat with Bryan Jager and Ryan Corridoni from THE HAPPY ELF at the Orlando REP. Check out the video below! (more...)


BWW Blog: Amanda Grillo - Theatre for Community Impact: Inside RehearsalsBWW Blog: Amanda Grillo - Theatre for Community Impact: Inside Rehearsals
by Amanda Grillo - December 05, 2016

Welcome Back! Decisions have been made and by the time you read this article we are merely days away from displaying our work and findings from the semester. Our title has been finalized as ?em-p?-th?. If you notice or it needs to be explained, this is the phonetic spelling of empathy, which has been the overall theme to our work. Our company has been hard at work in rehearsals and in the classroom. I decided to get an inside scoop from my classmates on their thoughts about the production and the class this semester as a whole. Let's get started shall we? (more...)


BWW Blog: Leanne Laurino - FOOTLOOSE Dances into UHSPACBWW Blog: Leanne Laurino - FOOTLOOSE Dances into UHSPAC
by Leanne Marie Laurino - December 05, 2016

The award - winning Union High School Performing Arts Company has been tirelessly working on our Winter Production of Footloose. Based off the classic 1984 film, the story follows Ren McCormack, an upbeat Chicago teen who moves to the small town of Bomont. He meets some friends along the way that would soon change his life in a way he never thought possible.  (more...)


BWW Blog: Cheyenne Dalton - AU Singers or The Weekend Before FinalsBWW Blog: Cheyenne Dalton - AU Singers or The Weekend Before Finals
by Cheyenne Dalton - December 05, 2016

So, around this time of year, AU Singers, Auburn University's Showchoir, is gearing up for performances. This December, their lineup included Believe from The Polar Express, The Christmas Can-Can, and Jailhouse Rock, among many other songs. People from all over the campus are involved in Singers - from music education, to theatre, to applied discrete mathematics, engineering, economics, and biomedical sciences. They all have very distinct personalities, and it's nice to seem them working together to get their show to be the best it can be. The common goal really brings them together in a way that they focus mostly on the group ensemble. (more...)


BWW Blog: Sebastian Trevino - Swing LifeBWW Blog: Sebastian Trevino - Swing Life
by Sebastian Trevino - December 05, 2016

Mexican musical theatre, unlike the US', hasn't been around all that long. It's not just another theatre genre for you guys; it has actually helped shape and influence your pop culture! I mean, you guys blasted Age of Aquarius on your 1969 Ford Mustang radios when it was peaking five consecutive weeks on the US billboard charts even if you weren't a musical junkie. Fred Astaire was one of your biggest movie stars and heartthrobs. A leading man tap dancer on all the biggest tabloid magazines? That would've been unthinkable in machista Mexico. Fortunately though, American pop culture is so powerful, that it permeates the rest of the World's. So yeah, we've had a glimpse of all that musical theatre flare in our lives in someway or another, but since it's still a pretty undeveloped industry (compared to yours) in the southern neighboring country, it's not surprising my mom's reaction to me getting the male swing part in Rent Mx 2016 went something like this: 'Oh my god Sebastian, that's amazing! I'm so proud.' (Long pause) 'Swing. That's an interesting name for a character'… FML.  (more...)


BWW Blog: Samantha Jamieson - Tech Week Sneak PeakBWW Blog: Samantha Jamieson - Tech Week Sneak Peak
by Samantha Jamieson - December 02, 2016

The Lorax may not appear in the TYA version of Seussical, but that didn't stop his Truffula trees from taking over the Annex Theatre stage this past weekend. We walked into rehearsal last Monday morning to see that our creative and kooky set was finished and ready for play. Since then, our technical team has been working hard to paint this canvas. They have truly been bringing the Jungle of Nool and the Planet of Who to life!  (more...)


BWW Blog: Sebastian Trevino -  RENT: A New GenerationBWW Blog: Sebastian Trevino -  RENT: A New Generation
by Sebastian Trevino - November 29, 2016

Mexico, similar to the rest of Latin America, is quite a catholic and conservative country. As to be expected, when RENT came along for the first time to the Aztec lands in 2001, it was considered excessively racy and immoral. An exotic dancer as the leading lady? Unfathomable! I mean, sure, Julia Roberts' stole our hearts in a similar role in Pretty Woman, but then again, she wasn't a crack addict or dying of AIDS. So yeah, you can imagine how this wasn't exactly Mexico's cup of … tequila.  (more...)


BWW Blog: Amanda Grillo - When One Door Closes Another One OpensBWW Blog: Amanda Grillo - When One Door Closes Another One Opens
by Amanda Grillo - November 29, 2016

On November 19th, we played our last performance of Our Town at the University of New Haven. Every show had a unique element to it. Thanks to our dramaturg, Dr. Margaret Savilonis, and our helpful reliable team of ushers, the program contained an insert asking us what we would put into a time capsule, referring to the Act 1 speech from the Narrator. At the end of the show, to the audiences amazement, they walked out to the lobby which had their answers (which were collected at intermission) projected onto an image of the night sky. Like any show, we were sad to see it end. We learned about each other and ourselves through this process and we grew closer as a department.  (more...)


BWW Blog: Chelsey Robichaud - Top 5 NYC Moments November 8-11BWW Blog: Chelsey Robichaud - Top 5 NYC Moments November 8-11
by Chelsey Robichaud - November 28, 2016

Well readers, your Canadian gal made a trip to the Big Apple the week of the election! I don't know how to describe my 10000th trip - wonderful! No, 'S'wonderful! Not only were we in the midst of the election, we were surrounded by Broadway greatness everywhere we went! Here are my Top Five Broadway moments! (more...)


BWW Blog: Miranda Jackel - Broadway's Youngest Stars Give BackBWW Blog: Miranda Jackel - Broadway's Youngest Stars Give Back
by Miranda Jackel - November 23, 2016

The life of a young Broadway performer isn't easy-these kids are practically living double lives, going from a busy, exhausting school day to casually performing in a Broadway show eight times a week. #nbd But despite their jam-packed schedules, these talented t(w)eens still make time to do good in the world with KIDS SERVE, a program of BROADWAY SERVES dedicated to providing Great White Way youngsters with the chance to give back. (more...)


BWW Blog: Alyssa Sileo - Look Around, Look Around: A Theatre Kid's ThanksgivingBWW Blog: Alyssa Sileo - Look Around, Look Around: A Theatre Kid's Thanksgiving
by Alyssa Sileo - November 23, 2016

This November 24th I celebrate one year since first hearing something from Hamilton. It's not a coincidence that this day also is when 2016's Thanksgiving falls. (more...)


BWW Blog: Dalton Allison - Being in a Holiday Production BWW Blog: Dalton Allison - Being in a Holiday Production 
by Dalton Allison - November 23, 2016

Around the holidays, one always tends to gravitate towards family. They often eat large dinners, shop lavishly, and do other holiday oriented activities together. They might even see a holiday production at their local theater. But little do they know, while they are enjoying the show with their family, they are actually watching one on stage. (more...)


BWW Student Interview: Backstage at Opera Orlando's DON PASQUALEBWW Student Interview: Backstage at Opera Orlando's DON PASQUALE
by Clarissa Moon - November 23, 2016

This week, I got the chance to sit down with Michael Sakir (Conductor), Vincent Connor (Stage Director), and Dennis Jesse (Dr. Malatesta) from Opera Orlando's production of DON PASQUALE. (more...)


BWW Student Blog: Cassandra Hsiao - What It's Like to Rap a Question to Tony-Award Winner Lin-Manuel MirandaBWW Student Blog: Cassandra Hsiao - What It's Like to Rap a Question to Tony-Award Winner Lin-Manuel Miranda
by Cassandra Hsiao - November 22, 2016

"How do you write like you're running out of time?... How do you write like tomorrow won't arrive? How do you write like you need it to survive? How do you write every second you're alive?" (more...)


BWW Blog: Keanna Irving - ARCADIABWW Blog: Keanna Irving - ARCADIA
by Keanna Irving - November 17, 2016

For a few evenings during the week, several students change out of their business casual attire and push the rows of desks towards the wall, creating a makeshift rehearsal studio in an empty classroom. Within four brightly painted walls, students create art. They abandon homework for a few hours to direct, rehearse, and produce a play. For the fall of 2016, the King's College has decided to tackle Arcadia by Tom Stoppard. This show simultaneously takes place in 1809 and 1993. The 1993 characters spend their scenes researching and debating the lives, landscape, and literature of 1809 Sidley Park, a place of genius discoveries and scandal. Caitlin Coats, the freshman who plays Hannah, said that this show is "intellectual and absurdist."  (more...)


BWW Blog: Clarissa Moon - AMADEUS at West Orange High SchoolBWW Blog: Clarissa Moon - AMADEUS at West Orange High School
by Clarissa Moon - November 17, 2016

I'm just going to come right out and say it: I don't listen to modern music. Because I'm a nerd, I like to listen to classical music, show tunes, and movie scores. So I was extremely excited to see West Orange High School's production of Amadeus. (more...)


BWW Blog: Cheyenne Dalton - When Clothes RipBWW Blog: Cheyenne Dalton - When Clothes Rip
by Cheyenne Dalton - November 15, 2016

Currently, I'm working on an adaptation of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. It's been one of my favorite stories since the first time I read it in high school, and I was interested to see it adapted on stage. Somehow, I'm not running sound for this show, so I picked up being a dresser instead. I've been a dresser once before, and the time constraint really stressed me out. But, I decided to try it out again. I've learned a lot doing this show - mainly because I truly understand my job now. The last time, I was running around, lost and confused. But I've learned a lot. (more...)


BWW Blog: Marissa Emerson - Review of PETER AND THE STARCATCHER at The Episcopal AcademyBWW Blog: Marissa Emerson - Review of PETER AND THE STARCATCHER at The Episcopal Academy
by Marissa Emerson - November 15, 2016

Creating a world where orphan boys can be heros, girls can be leaders, and nothing is impossible, the cast of Episcopal Academy's Peter and the Starcatcher highlighted the true meaning of friendship and home in a beautifully refreshing way.  (more...)


BWW Blog: Samantha Jamieson - Notice Me HortonBWW Blog: Samantha Jamieson - Notice Me Horton
by Samantha Jamieson - November 14, 2016

'You've both discovered something important that you really care about. It's just not together.' (Kiri-Lyn on 'Notice Me Horton') (more...)


BWW Blog: Sarah Osman - OCVTS: Performing Arts Academy takes on Thornton Wilder's THE SKIN OF OUR TEETH (TSOOT 1)BWW Blog: Sarah Osman - OCVTS: Performing Arts Academy takes on Thornton Wilder's THE SKIN OF OUR TEETH (TSOOT 1)
by Sarah Osman - November 14, 2016

'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: Paisley Haddad - Bringing Historical Women to Life on StageBWW Blog: Paisley Haddad - Bringing Historical Women to Life on Stage
by Paisley Haddad - November 14, 2016

This past Saturday, I was in a show written by my theatre teacher, Virginia Byrne, called "THE WOMEN OF WORCESTER". It celebrated women who were born in or made a difference in Worcester, Massachusetts. (more...)


BWW Blog: Kellie Williams - Broadway Advocacy Coalition's THE INVITATION: Political ParticipationBWW Blog: Kellie Williams - Broadway Advocacy Coalition's THE INVITATION: Political Participation
by Kellie Williams - November 14, 2016

On Sunday November 6th, the Broadway Advocacy Coalition held the first in a series of monthly events called The Invitation. The theme was Political Participation. The Coalition has teamed up with professors, lawyers, and students at Columbia Law School in an effort to bring the arts and policies together. The Broadway Advocacy Coalition was formed after a social media post from Amber Iman became a movement. Her fellow Broadway actors Adrienne Warren, Britton Smith, Cameron J. Ross, Christian Dante White, and Jackie Bell came together with her to organize an event to bring to light the plight of Black people in America. After the success of that first event, Broadway for Black Lives Matter, they decided to expand their programming to include The Invitation. (more...)