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Student Blogger: Mia Van Deloo


Student Blog: Choreographing A Chorus Line!
September 27, 2021

For my first show back in person, I will be choreographing the iconic Broadway classic A Chorus Line with UCSD's Muir Musical (directed by Molly Lasher). Muir Musical is a completely student-run organization that is one of the only musical theatre opportunities on-campus. This show was one of the first musicals I ever fell in love with and as a long-time dancer, Michael Bennett's choreography will always be an inspiration for my work.

Student Blog: Six: The Musical is Finally Coming to Broadway!
September 14, 2021

After a great success in London, the musical about Henry VIII's six wives is taking off in New York City starting September 17, 2021. With Broadway coming back this fall, I wanted to show just a few reasons why Six is a must-see musical of the season.

Student Blog: Great Additions to Your Theatre Library
August 25, 2021

This past summer, I enjoyed the sunshine and warm weather with some theatre books. Some were plays, some were memoirs of actors and some were theory or history books. I wanted to share some of my favorites from the past couple of months as we move into the back-to-school spirit. 

Student Blog: In-Person Rehearsal Tips
August 12, 2021

With theatre slowly returning back, I know I am not alone when I say I am extremely excited to be back in the rehearsal room for this upcoming school year. From first read-throughs to opening nights, nothing has truly been the same online. So, here are some tips that I am finding to be helpful as I am making the transition to in-person rehearsals.

Student Blog: Why Isn't There a Season Three of NBC's Smash? -- Spoilers Ahead!
August 2, 2021

In the absence of live theatre during quarantine, I turned to the next best thing -- theatre made for T.V. I love this show because even while I was sitting at home during the pandemic, the realistic sets of Times Square and the Broadway Theatres brought me comfort and excitement. It was a way for me to feel connected to Broadway again. So… why didn’t they make a season three? 

Student Blog: Why Make Moulin Rouge! a Musical?
July 8, 2021

In honor of the long-awaited return of Broadway, I wanted to focus on a fairly new musical: Moulin Rouge! In this post, I want to explore what about the original movie makes this tale ideal inspiration for an innovative and entertaining musical adaptation.

Student Blog: Highlighting a Local Legend: Jon M. Chu
June 24, 2021

In adapting Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical, I felt that Jon Chu did a spectacular job taking on this crucial story while also taking charge of his creative choices. The movie stands alone from the musical not only because of the different mediums used to express this story but also because the people working on the movie were able to put their own perspective on it. However, the movie still exhibits, in my opinion, the soul of what this musical is about -- bringing focus to an underrepresented community that has so much love, resilience, and determination. 

Student Blog: Inside UC San Diego's Theatre Program
June 3, 2021

This past quarter, I was a dramaturg for a Wagner New Play Festival Show. The Wagner New Play Festival is an annual event where each M.F.A. playwright at UC San Diego writes a new work that is produced alongside M.F.A. directors, actors, and designers. Undergraduates are also able to participate in this process as I did.