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BWW Blog: Diana Sanchez - How to Get Non Theatre People to Come to Your Shows
by Diana Sanchez - June 24, 2016

Once you have put your show together and you are ready to perform it in front of an audience, there is only one thing left to do: sell tickets. Now we all know the basics of selling tickets. You make pretty fliers to put up, you invite all of your friends to come, you make sure that all of your family will be attending. That's the easy part, you know that all of your fellow theatre nerds will be there, and that common show go-ers, friends, and family will mostly likely attend as well. But, how do you sell tickets to the people who aren't usually seen within a couple hundred feet of the auditorium? This is more difficult. Non theatre people will usually not stop to look at a flier and be interested to go to a show. To get people like this to go you have to do a little more convincing. (more...)

BWW Blog: Curtis Salinger Sings Carpool Karaoke
by Curtis Salinger - June 24, 2016

A week ago I tuned 16. It was a great Birthday. The night ended with the annual Bobby G Award's alumni dinner where we met up the previous Bobby G Leading Actor and Actress recipients. Chris Maclean (2013 Bobby G Leading Actor) and Abby Noble (2014 Bobby G Leading Actress), Charlotte Movizzo and I had some fun with our own version of James Corden's Carpool Karaoke. It was my 16th birthday after all and this is the Road to the National High School Musical Theatre Awards.   (more...)

Jimmys Roundup: Follow the Road to the National High School Musical Theatre Awards with This Year's Nominees!
by BWW Special Coverage - June 24, 2016

It's that time of year again! Dozens of kids from across the country will gather to compete for the ultimate prize- Best Performance by an Actor and Actress at the National High School Musical Theatre Awards, also known as the Jimmy Awards, on Monday, June 27, 2016 at the Minskoff Theatre. (more...)

BWW Blog: Leanne Marie Laurino - A 'Very Nice Beginning'
by Leanne Marie Laurino - June 24, 2016

After six months of anticipation, the curtain has fallen on The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. William Barfee has taken home the top prize as well as a friend that he will cherish forever. All of the spellers have learned valuable lessons that have resided with them throughout adulthood. As a company we have all grown in this process and value our successes and failures that will only make us stronger. (more...)

BWW Blog: Casey McGuire - The Balance of School and Theatre
by Casey McGuire - June 24, 2016

Recently I received my final report card and was horrified at what I saw. The first grade on it was a big, fat, B and it was just staring me right in the face (I know what you're thinking, "A B! That's a good grade! Why would you be upset over that?"), but that "B" was because I participated in theatre. Sure, I still passed and my GPA didn't drop that much, but what about in more extreme cases, where should the line be drawn? Is it okay for a student to receive a D and still get to be the lead in the next school show? Should they even get to be in the next show? They still passed. What about an F? Should students be rewarded for their achievements in theatre if they aren't meeting the standard marks to graduate? As performers and technicians we need to be responsible for our grades and commitments to theatre. (more...)

BWW Student Blog: Meet Hannah Seewald!
by Hannah Seewald - June 24, 2016

Hello BroadwayWorld readers! My name is Hannah Seewald and I just finished my freshman year of high school. Whenever I am not doing anything in school or at home, I find myself blasting a cast album into my headphones, scrolling through the many articles and threads on BroadwayWorld or binging on theatre videos online. I love theatre so much and appreciate how powerful it can be, but sadly, I am not gifted artistically in the sense that I CANNOT act or sing for my life. My most notable role was a nameless orphan in a JCC production of Annie Jr, and my most notable solo was, oh wait, never. While, yes, I have been dancing since I was two years old, I am still am not a prima-ballerina either, and it has been almost a decade since I have tapped. I know I am not personally gifted musically, but one passion and love that I can always rely on is the power of my pen. Writing is the art that I have been able to embrace and I am hoping to turn this into a career in journalism. (more...)

BWW Blog: Casey Hebbel - Opening Weekend of Transcendence Theatre's 'Broadway Under the Stars'
by Casey Hebbel - June 24, 2016


BWW Blog: Jessica Gould - A Week in New York Part 1
by Jessica Gould - June 23, 2016

This past week, I took a visit to New York City. While I was there, I was able to partake in many activities, all centered around the arts. Here is what I did during a part of my week in the Big Apple! (more...)

BWW Blog: Tara Folio - Stalking at Summer Stock: Four Shows for Dana Rose
by Tara Folio - June 23, 2016

Any thespian worth his or her salt knows that there is always more than one side to any story worth telling. The same can be said of working in a summer company. The ensemble here at Interlakes Theatre is comprised of actors of all different ages from all across the country, and we all bring our own unique perspectives to this process. This week I decided to give another actress a turn at talking about the in's and out's of life at summer stock, my new college and friend, Dana Rose. Dana is a rising senior at The Hartt School, and like me, she is making her summer stock debut.  (more...)

BWW Blog: Eliza Porsella - Anticipation
by Elizabeth Porsella - June 23, 2016

After our final rehearsal for the play, Shrek, I was told to write some stuff down so I could think about what it was like and what I might have learned.  I'm sad that it's almost over.  I'm going to miss play practice so much.  It was so much fun.  I dance and perform in dance recitals each year but this is the only time I will be in Shrek with these people.   (more...)

BWW Blog: Meet Curtis Salinger, Winner of the 2016 BOBBY G AWARDS
by Curtis Salinger - June 22, 2016

 How has my life changed since the night of the Bobby G Awards ceremony? My life has been surreal. I still don't believe I won. Walking around town is a mess of congratulations and word has spread through a front-page newspaper story in my hometown of Durango. It's an indescribable feeling when someone you don't know congratulates you on the street for winning this award. It's also been a mad dash preparing material and forms and packing for a theatre camp to then leave right away for New York. (more...)

BWW Blog: Meet Charlotte Movizzo, Winner of the 2016 BOBBY G AWARDS
by Charlotte Movizzo - June 22, 2016

How has my life changed since the night of the Bobby G Awards ceremony? I have had some incredible opportunities. I was invited to sing to perform before the DCPA board, and at the Randy Weeks Memorial Golf Tournament, which raised more than $91,000 for the advancement of musical theatre for Colorado high-school students. Both events showed me what incredible people there are supporting the program, and high-school theatre. Otherwise, I have been very busy practicing and preparing music for New York. Accompanying video and photos:  (more...)

BWW Blog: Micah Young - Back To Basics
by Micah Young - June 22, 2016

As we advance in our given profession, we become able to tackle more complicated and difficult tasks.  When I started taking piano lessons, as many of us did, there was the beginner book, with increasing levels of difficulty.  I'd work through one book, then to the next, graduating to the next level and so on.  But are the more complex works better than the simpler ones? (more...)

BWW Blog: Micah Young - Does This Song Make Me Look Flat?
by Micah Young - June 21, 2016

How do we know if the song or scene we use for an audition is the right material? Actors who come to an audition, make the judgement call about what to prepare; unless that decision is made for them by the casting team, who might dictate what songs/scenes to prepare. So how do you know if the song you are bringing to the audition is working for you? (more...)

BWW Blog: Alyssa Sileo - Funny Thing: What It Means To Be a Thespian, or At Least To Me
by Alyssa Sileo - June 20, 2016

This is a craft of coexistent community and individuality, which conglomerates all previously-existent tints, genres, and attitudes into a tellable community of players. At any moment--subject to shifts and additions to the catalogue. These expansions may prove to be time-eaters or talent-greeters; projects can unveil one's purpose or frighten them into submission and subsequent retreating from the arts. (more...)

BWW Blog: Diana Sanchez - How I Came to Be Involved in Theatre
by Diana Sanchez - June 20, 2016

My freshman year of high school was the first time I heard about my school's theatre department. I thought it sounded like the coolest thing ever, and I really wanted to get involved.The only problem was, I'd never done anything theatre related before, so I was afraid I wouldn't be good enough just to join the club. So instead of joining, I signed up for my school's intro to drama class and hoped that I would get in. The whole year passed by, and nothing. Skip forward to next year: my sophomore year. Again, as I looked on my schedule for the year, I noticed that I had not gotten into the intro to drama class. At this point, I was accepting that i wasn't going to be involved in the theatre department, and I was okay with that. Mainly because even though I wanted to be involved, acting terrified me. For some reason, imagining myself on stage acting was something that I dreamed of doing, even though it also frightened me at the same time. (more...)

BWW Blog: Samantha Tirrell - Closing BACKBEARD
by Samantha Tirrell - June 20, 2016

On Sunday, we closed the world premiere of Backbeard: A New Musical at the Theatre Institute at Sage after a short two-week run. It came and went too quickly, and I do not know that any of us could have anticipated just how profoundly this sweet little musical would move us, how deeply it would nestle itself into our hearts.  (more...)

BWW Blog: Amanda Grillo - Preparation and Inspiration: Getting to Know Your Character
by Amanda Grillo - June 20, 2016

It finally happened.  The cast list got posted and you are cast. Congratulations! Now what's the next step? Prep work. It's time to get familiar with the character you are going to portray.  Here are some of the key steps to getting to know your character, so that you can make your performance the best it can be. (more...)

BW Blog: Casey McGuire - Theatre Is...
by Casey McGuire - June 20, 2016

I am Casey McGuire and I go to Molalla High school. I can't wait to give updates on what my troop is doing and write about my experiences with theatre! I am not a professional; the only qualifications I have is participating in shows and my love for theatre! (more...)

BWW Blog: Clarissa Moon - The Orlando Pulse Shooting: A Student's Perspective
by Clarissa Moon - June 20, 2016

I've lived in Orlando my entire life, and have always felt incredibly lucky because of it. I get to go to Disney and Universal pretty often. The theme parks are the reason I have a roof over my head and food to eat-my dad works full time at Universal. I am also lucky to be part of Orlando's incredible theatre community. I've been performing at various theatres around town since I was little. The people of the theatre community are my friends and family.  (more...)

BWW Blog: Taylor Kyes - NYC - 4 Shows and an Opera
by Taylor Kyes - June 20, 2016

My first trip to New York was in January, and dare I say it, I fell in love. I fell in love with the New York lifestyle, with the city that is alive, with the New Yorkers and the Tourists, with Broadway. I had the pleasure of seeing 4 Broadway shows and an Opera at the Met in the 5 days that I was there (including travel days).  I got to tour the New Amsterdam Theater  (aka the theater that shows Disney Musicals) and try on some of the costumes, which was such an insane and incredible experience: check that off my bucket list. (more...)

BWW Blog: De'Ja Williams - Audition Advice
by De'Ja Williams - June 19, 2016

Choosing the right audition piece is the most important moment of any actor's life. If you choose the wrong one you run the risk of doing poorly and not giving your brand the right face. This means that the director will not only not cast you in his or her show, but will also get bored halfway through your audition. Actors feed off of energy and a dead audience is the quickest way to kill the performance. One thing to always remember is that you are representing a brand: you. If you want to be cast and cast often then you have to look your best, act your best, and sell the brand that the director is looking for. (more...)

BWW Blog: Randa Meierhenry - Oh for Cryin' in the Sink!: A Quick Look at Prairie Repertory Theatre's DON'T HUG ME
by Randa Meierhenry - June 19, 2016

A chilling start to their 46th season, Prairie Repertory Theatre opened their first show last week: Don't Hug Me. Despite the ninety plus degree weather outside, the cast bundled up, sang their hearts out, and left audiences rolling in the aisles.  (more...)

BWW Blog: Eliza Porsella - Costume Surprises
by Elizabeth Porsella - June 18, 2016

We are close to the night of the show, the costumes have arrives and this whole week has been a dress rehearsal.  Thursday afternoon is our last rehearsal and it won't be a dress, we will just run through the show.  Friday is opening night! (more...)

BWW Blog: Bob Marks - Healthy Vocal Production at any Age
by Bob Marks - June 17, 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...)