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High School Drama: Hillsboro High's ASHTON HARRISHigh School Drama: Hillsboro High's ASHTON HARRIS
by Jeffrey Ellis - May 23, 2017

Winner of the 2016 Nashville High School Musical Theatre Award (which in 2017 became known as The Spotlight Awards) as best actor in a musical, Ashton Harris is yet another starring light in Kristin Moon and Will Butler's company of outstanding young actors at Hillsboro High School. (more...)
High School Drama: Siegel High's Spotlight Award-nominated CALEB MITCHELLHigh School Drama: Siegel High's Spotlight Award-nominated CALEB MITCHELL
by Jeffrey Ellis - May 19, 2017

The role of Coalhouse Walker Jr. in the Lynn Ahrens-Stephen Flaherty-Terrance McNally musical Ragtime is one coveted by actors of all ages - not the least of whom is Siegel High School student Caleb Mitchell, who took on the challenge of bringing the character to life in his school's production of the show earlier this spring. And for his efforts, Mitchell was one of three finalists for The Spotlight Award, the culmination of the 2016-17 Nashville High School Music Theatre Awards. (more...)
High School Drama: Central Magnet's Spotlight Award-winning SEVON ASKEWHigh School Drama: Central Magnet's Spotlight Award-winning SEVON ASKEW
by Jeffrey Ellis - May 17, 2017

If the theater community had its own royal family and nobility, then it would make perfect sense that young Sevon Askew, recently awarded a Spotlight Award as best male soloist for his performance in You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown, would be a crown prince. The son of Susan Arnold Walsworth, who has appeared on numerous stages in the midstate, he's the nephew of David Arnold (perhaps best known for his portrayal of Shrek in the musical about the gentle green ogre - a role Sevon has played, as well) and Cat Arnold (who's currently onstage in ACT 1's Noises Off). Talent, it would seem, runs through certain families. (more...)
High School Drama: Davidson Academy's Spotlight Award-Winning ALEXANDRA CHOPSONHigh School Drama: Davidson Academy's Spotlight Award-Winning ALEXANDRA CHOPSON
by Jeffrey Ellis - May 15, 2017

As the school year winds down, and students are scattered to the winds this summer, Davidson Academy's Alexandra Chopson closes out the year on a definite high: Last Saturday night, she was presented the Spotlight Award for best supporting actress in a musical at the Nashville High School Musical Theatre Awards for her performance as Wednesday Addams in her school's production of The Addams Family. (more...)
Ease On Down to South Philadelphia High School for THE WIZEase On Down to South Philadelphia High School for THE WIZ
by BWW News Desk - May 11, 2017

With support from the Public Citizens for Children's Picasso Project + Youth and the Curtis Institute of Music's ArtistYear Fellowship Program, South Philadelphia High School, in collaboration with the Curtis Institute of Music's ArtistYear program, presents The Wiz, the musical, on May 11 and 12 at 7 p.m. at South Philadelphia High School's own 1400-seat historic auditorium located at 2101 S. Broad St. Tickets are available at the door as pay-what-you-wish. (more...)
Chita Rivera and Seth Rudetsky Take The Stage At The Smith CenterChita Rivera and Seth Rudetsky Take The Stage At The Smith Center
by Jessica Vanek - May 8, 2017

CHITA RIVERA AND SETH RUDETSKY TAKE THE STAGE AT THE SMITH CENTER LAS VEGAS (more...)
BWW Previews: FIDDLER ON THE ROOF at Ciampa Performing Arts CenterBWW Previews: FIDDLER ON THE ROOF at Ciampa Performing Arts Center
by Emily Holzman - May 4, 2017

Almost every family and community has some sort of tradition that continues throughout the years, despite any changes the group goes through. This idea is reflected in the show Fiddler on the Roof, as many of the plot points in the show are based on traditions that the people of Anatevka don't remember the origins of. Inspired by the show, I decided to ask the cast and crew of Tyngsborough High School's production of Fiddler on the Roof what their favorite tradition has been throughout their Tyngsborough theatre career. (more...)
BWW Blog: Annalise Prentiss - ONCE UPON A MATTRESS JR. at Susquehanna Stage CompanyBWW Blog: Annalise Prentiss - ONCE UPON A MATTRESS JR. at Susquehanna Stage Company
by Guest Blogger: Annalise Prentiss - April 28, 2017

Most everyone knows the story of "The Princess and the Pea", but few know what actually happened. For instance, did you know that Princess Winnifred, from the Ragnarok Marsh Lilies, actually swam the moat to reach the castle? You'll learn about this and much more from Susquehanna Stage Company's next show, Once Upon a Mattress Jr.! (more...)
BWW Blog: Why Filming Broadway Shows Live Onstage is so ImportantBWW Blog: Why Filming Broadway Shows Live Onstage is so Important
by Emily Holzman - April 27, 2017

With the success of shows such as NEWSIES being filmed live onstage, it's proven that shows filmed live on stage are beneficial, so why aren't more shows doing it? (more...)
BWW Blog: Marissa Emerson - Greater Philadelphia Cappies Nominees Announced!BWW Blog: Marissa Emerson - Greater Philadelphia Cappies Nominees Announced!
by Guest Blogger: Marissa Emerson - April 27, 2017

On Tuesday, April 25th the Greater Philadelphia Cappies released their list of Award Nominees for the 2016-2017 season. (more...)
BWW Feature: GREASE at Winslow Homer Center For The ArtsBWW Feature: GREASE at Winslow Homer Center For The Arts
by Student Blogger: Samuel Laro - April 26, 2017

OHP is burning up the quarter mile at Scarborough High School as opening night speeds towards them. The cast is hard at work polishing this iconic musical for the first performance on May 4th. (more...)
BWW Blog: Emma Suttell - Seuss' Stories Onstage!BWW Blog: Emma Suttell - Seuss' Stories Onstage!
by Guest Blogger: Emma Suttell - April 26, 2017

As I am typing, engulfed in a cloud of hairspray accompanied by several shades of unusual eyeshadow colors. To close out the 2016-17 theatre season, I am part of the cast of Seussical at a small, local theatre in Phoenix, Arizona. In this whirlwind of a show, which intertwines several of Dr. Seuss' beloved stories, I play the role of Mrs. Mayor, the mother of Jojo, a boy who loves to think. The Whos are an extravagant group of people with unusual hairstyles (hence the presence of hairspray sticking to my floor) and an obsession with the colors yellow and turquoise.  (more...)
BWW Blog: Christopher Panella - Applying for College and Choosing Your PathBWW Blog: Christopher Panella - Applying for College and Choosing Your Path
by Guest Blogger: Christopher Panella - April 24, 2017

Hello, readers! It's been a long time since I've uploaded an article. My high school readers know that the January to April area is a particularly difficult one, especially with AP classes, senior events, and college decisions. I decided that this article should be an update on my past three months and a guide for future seniors who hit those college and future obstacles. (more...)
Lambert High School to Groove with GREASE This MayLambert High School to Groove with GREASE This May
by BWW News Desk - April 21, 2017

Take a trip back to the 1950's as the Acting Troupe of Lambert moves and grooves in Grease, the original high-school musical! (more...)
Mountain Crest Drama to Stage MOTHER HICKS This SpringMountain Crest Drama to Stage MOTHER HICKS This Spring
by BWW News Desk - April 21, 2017

In the year 1935 times are hard for everyone, but especially for Girl, who-with no family of her own-gets passed around from household to household, until, following clues and whisperings of her heart, she encounters the eccentric Mother Hicks. (more...)
High School Drama: Franklin Road Academy's MICAH FRIZZELLHigh School Drama: Franklin Road Academy's MICAH FRIZZELL
by Jeffrey Ellis - April 21, 2017

The calendar is fast approaching commencement season all over the country and seniors in high school theater programs are preparing for their final shows on their familiar stomping grounds - like Nashville's Franklin Road Academy senior Micah Frizzell. As he prepares to open tonight in director/educator Ross Bolen's musical update of Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing (he plays Don John), he's already looking ahead to next fall when he enrolls at Syracuse University as part of their group of 24 incoming freshmen for the BFA Musical Theater program. (more...)
BWW Blog: Clarissa Moon - UCF Celebrates the Arts Recap: Short Film FestivalBWW Blog: Clarissa Moon - UCF Celebrates the Arts Recap: Short Film Festival
by Student Blogger: Clarissa Moon - April 20, 2017

On Wednesday, April 12, UCF students showcased their short films as part of "UCF Celebrates the Arts" at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. A brief Q&A session with the filmmakers followed the event. (more...)
Circle Theatre Announces Finalists for 2017 High School Playwriting ProjectCircle Theatre Announces Finalists for 2017 High School Playwriting Project
by BWW News Desk - April 13, 2017

Circle Theatre has announced the four finalists' and four semi-finalists' plays in the annual High School Playwriting Project. (more...)
BWW Blog: Clarissa Moon - UCF Celebrates the Arts Recap: Female Playwrights PanelBWW Blog: Clarissa Moon - UCF Celebrates the Arts Recap: Female Playwrights Panel
by Guest Blogger: Clarissa Moon - April 12, 2017

This past Sunday, UCF faculty members Belinda (Be) Boyd, Cynthia White and Sybil St. Claire hosted a female playwrights panel as part of "UCF Celebrates the Arts." Boyd and St. Claire provided insight on playwriting, while White offered advice from the developmental perspective.  (more...)
VIDEO: Clarissa Moon - Review: PINKALICIOUS at Orlando ShakesVIDEO: Clarissa Moon - Review: PINKALICIOUS at Orlando Shakes
by Guest Blogger: Clarissa Moon - April 11, 2017

PINKALICIOUS: THE MUSICAL at the Orlando Shakespeare Theater is pinktastic! See my review of the show below. (more...)
BWW Blog: Alyssa Sileo - Building A Show: ACTing Out at Gloucester County SURE Conference and my Playwriting DebutBWW Blog: Alyssa Sileo - Building A Show: ACTing Out at Gloucester County SURE Conference and my Playwriting Debut
by Guest Blogger: Alyssa Sileo - April 11, 2017

On July 15th, 2016, I began writing the first piece of the first theatre project that would be performed outside my head. It wasn't until August 23rd that I decided to chronicle the building of what would become State Your Case. (more...)
BWW Blog: Clarissa Moon - UCF Celebrates the Arts: Meet the Female Playwrights PanelBWW Blog: Clarissa Moon - UCF Celebrates the Arts: Meet the Female Playwrights Panel
by Guest Blogger: Clarissa Moon - April 7, 2017

This Friday, April 7, marks the beginning of 'UCF Celebrates the Arts,' a week-long showcase of student art and pieces that demonstrate the vital role of the arts. On Sunday, UCF faculty members will hold a female playwrights panel. I talked with two of the playwrights, Belinda (Be) Boyd and Sybil St. Claire, about their inspiration to become playwrights, their start in playwriting and what to expect at the panel.  (more...)
BWW Blog: Clarissa Moon - THEatre ACCELERATOR Part 6: Developing Your MusicalBWW Blog: Clarissa Moon - THEatre ACCELERATOR Part 6: Developing Your Musical
by Guest Blogger: Clarissa Moon - April 5, 2017

This is the sixth post in my series about Apples and Oranges Studios' THEatre ACCELERATOR. THEatre ACCELERATOR utilizes new technology to develop musicals in a unique way. For a full explanation of THEatre ACCELERATOR, see my first post here.  (more...)
BWW Interview: Zack LaChance And Braden Foley of THE ADDAMS FAMILY at Thornton Academy AuditoriumBWW Interview: Zack LaChance And Braden Foley of THE ADDAMS FAMILY at Thornton Academy Auditorium
by Student Blogger: Samuel Laro - April 5, 2017

One normal night is not what you'll get at Thornton Academy! I was invited to talk to the performers of THE ADDAMS FAMILY at the Thornton Academy Auditorium. I was able to speak with Zack LaChance and Braden Foley who play Gomez and Fester Addams, respectively. (more...)
BWW Blog: Leanne Laurino - The Fairy Diaries: Opening, High Tea, and MoreBWW Blog: Leanne Laurino - The Fairy Diaries: Opening, High Tea, and More
by Guest Blogger: Leanne Marie Laurino - April 5, 2017

The past two weeks have been nothing but rewarding for Cinderella at UHS! I am writing to you off of a successful opening weekend and could not be more appreciative. Since I have shared with you all last, we have added costumes, lights, sound and held several dress runs with all of the elements!  (more...)

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