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BWW Blog: Kellie Williams - My Top 3 Favorite Parts of NATASHA, PIERRE, AND THE GREAT COMET OF 1812
by Guest Blogger: Kellie Williams - December 29, 2016

Earlier this month, I saw Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812 on Broadway with my mom and sister. It was unlike anything I've ever seen on Broadway-or anywhere-in the best possible way. Here's a list of my top three favorite things about the show:
BWW Blog: Keanna Irving - Three Enjoyable 'Study Breaks'
by Guest Blogger: Keanna Irving - December 29, 2016

Going to the theater is the best study break in the city. For a few short hours, the stress dissipates and you get lost in stories that actors pour out in front of you. Spontaneous excursions to the theatre have become the occasional treat that I greatly enjoy. After seeing seven shows this semester, a few have stuck out in particular.
BWW Blog: Monica Furman - New Year's Resolutions
by Guest Blogger: Monica Furman - December 28, 2016

Ah, New Year's Resolutions. I make these every year and I dread them every year, mostly because I know the lifespan of these promises might not outlive the month of January. However, this year, I am taking a different approach. Maybe it's because I'm smack dab in the middle of senior year and I'm really feeling that 'transitional life change' crisis, but I've been getting really inspired lately. For 2017, I'm creating artistic New Year's Resolutions where, if I (hopefully) complete them, the principle of each can translate to 'real life' (whatever that is).
BWW Blog: Jakob Creighton - The Home Stretch
by Guest Blogger: Jakob Creighton - December 23, 2016

I know it's been a couple of weeks since I last posted!! I've been very busy with exams, but now they're done!
BWW Blog: Patti Meadors - 10 Things I Wish I Knew Before My First College Audition
by Guest Blogger: Patti Meadors - December 19, 2016

I just spent this fall season at five different colleges every weekend, auditioning for BFA musical theatre programs and I have learned a lot along the way. Here are 10 things I wish I knew before I embarked on this journey.
BWW Blog: Amanda Grillo - Understanding Empathy: A Theatre for Community Impact Reflection
by Guest Blogger: Amanda Grillo - December 19, 2016

In taking the class this semester, I learned so much about how theatre makes an impact on our community (yes, that is the class title and it is self explanatory). I learned about other theatre companies make their impact such as La Poca Nostra, the Yes Men, and the San Francisco Mime Troupe. I got the chance to research issues affecting our communities and collaborate with my classmates to make art addressing those issues. This show was certainly one for the books. With a minimal amount of rehearsal time, we put this show together within a matter of weeks. Everyone took on a wide array of responsibilities and I couldn't be prouder of my classmates. Here is what some of them had to say about their experiences:
BWW Blog: Cheyenne Dalton - THE NUTCRACKER or the Week of Finals
by Guest Blogger: Cheyenne Dalton - December 14, 2016

Every year, Auburn University Theatre hosts the East Alabama Community Ballet's The Nutcracker in early December. For the past three years, I have been a part of this process, running sound for many dress rehearsals, performances, oftentimes morning shows, and tea parties. It truly is an experience. From Monday to Sunday this year, I worked 40 hours, which sounds like a pretty normal workweek for the average person. Except I am a full-time student, and this is in the middle of finals week.
BWW Blog: Samantha Jamieson - Today Is Your Day!
by Guest Blogger: Samantha Jamieson - December 6, 2016

(*Boom-Boom... Boom-Boom... Boom-Boom *)
BWW Blog: Amanda Grillo - Theatre for Community Impact: Inside Rehearsals
by Guest Blogger: Amanda Grillo - December 5, 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?
BWW Blog: Cheyenne Dalton - AU Singers or The Weekend Before Finals
by Guest Blogger: Cheyenne Dalton - December 5, 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.
BWW Blog: Samantha Jamieson - Tech Week Sneak Peak
by Guest Blogger: Samantha Jamieson - December 2, 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!
BWW Blog: Amanda Grillo - When One Door Closes Another One Opens
by Guest Blogger: 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.
BWW 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!
BWW Blog: Keanna Irving - ARCADIA
by Guest Blogger: 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.'
BWW Blog: Cheyenne Dalton - When Clothes Rip
by Guest Blogger: 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.
BWW Blog: Kellie Williams - Broadway Advocacy Coalition's THE INVITATION: Political Participation
by Guest Blogger: 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.
BWW Blog: Amanda Grillo - Our School, Our Show, OUR TOWN: Tech Week Survival Guide
by Guest Blogger: Amanda Grillo - November 14, 2016

Welcome back! By the time you see this article we will be 2 short days from OPENING NIGHT! Tech week is a time people dread, a time people love, a magical time where everything comes together. I decided to find out how my fellow cast members survive this week and comprised a not so short list of things that can help make this stressful time a little easier for everyone involved.
BWW Blog: Samantha Jamieson - Notice Me Horton
by Guest Blogger: 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')
BWW Blog: Samantha Jamieson - Oh, The Places We'll Go!
by Guest Blogger: Samantha Jamieson - November 9, 2016

Oh, The Places We'll Go!
BWW Blog: Cheyenne Dalton - John Cage, Performance Art, and Sound Design
by Guest Blogger: Cheyenne Dalton - November 8, 2016

John Cage, an American composer, music theorist, writer, philosopher, and artist, was interested in finding and collecting ordinary sounds to use; he wanted to capture and control them to use them as musical instruments. His pieces included normal objects as the instruments, something previously rejected in terms of art and in terms of sound. Most of the people who are interested in sound, then and now, would use the things he recorded in the field as sound effects: a car driving at 50 miles per hour, rain, or the static between radio stations. But instead, he used them to create music. A Chicago critic wrote about one of his concerts and the musicians' use of 'beer bottles, flowerpots, cowbells, and automobile brake drums' to create a musical piece some might call noise, but one that John Cage called music.
BWW Blog: Amanda Grillo - Our School, Our Show, OUR TOWN: Among the Dead
by Guest Blogger: Amanda Grillo - November 7, 2016

This week takes a turn to the future well, sort of. The future of Act three is the topic of the week. We find ourselves in an implied graveyard with rows of chairs and the inhabitants of those chairs represent the gravestones of the dearly departed.
BWW Blog: Jakob Creighton - Step 2: Staging, Table Work, and Major Realizations
by Guest Blogger: Jakob Creighton - November 7, 2016

Since my last blog, some stuff has happened!
BWW Blog: Amanda Grillo - Our School, Our Show, OUR TOWN: Meet the Family Edition Part 2
by Guest Blogger: Amanda Grillo - November 1, 2016

As stated last week, the concept of family is a very large aspect of this production. Last week, we had the pleasure of meeting the Gibbs family. This week we get an inside look at the perspective of theatre and the production from the Webb family.
BWW Blog: Cheyenne Dalton - Adrenaline
by Guest Blogger: Cheyenne Dalton - October 28, 2016

If you're a theatre major, chances are all your classes are in the same building, and all the work you do is in the theater. We're oftentimes 'stuck' here - spending the breaks of our days in the green room or design studios, doing homework, reading, designing. When I get the chance to work or do something outside of my confined space, I take it.
BWW Blog: Keanna Irving - Freedom to Fail
by Guest Blogger: Keanna Irving - October 26, 2016

On News Year's Eve of seventh grade, I made the resolution to step out of my comfort zone and try new things. Little did I know as a twelve year old that this would lead me down an exciting path towards an outgoing, theatrical me! I began to make the conscious choices that would push me out of my little bubble. Before long I was doing theatre and learning new styles of dance. By the end of senior year, I figured I would continue to step out of my comfort zone and move from little Boise, Idaho all the way to New York City for school. That is when I learned that I had a flaw in my mentality, as I soon discovered that life was not just about being willing to try new things, but about having the courage to fail.

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