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November 04, 2010
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Disney's The Jungle Book Kids
Can anyone who has worked on this tell me how long the running time is? Is it really short? Can it stand alone as a full production? If it is short, does anyone have any suggestions for combining it with something for a program that's at least 90 minutes?Thanks.
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November 02, 2010
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Project Louie
We closed Captain Louie, Jr. on Halloween day. The dynamic and contagious music of Stephen Schwartz is the star of this show and the book is often sweet and sometimes touching. I went into this project with 3 major goals. 1. I wanted to convey the vibe of Louie's neighborhood and friendships so that the audience could feel the pain of "goodbye" and the relief of "hello". 2. I wanted my kids to sing every note on the page - every single harmony! 3. I wanted to fit the whole show into a rolling dorm trunk.The first 2 goals were met with weekly vocal work and lots of Meisner technique! The third was just a matter of repeating the mantra, "if it doesn't fit - it doesn't fly!" In the end, I believe the audience felt the sadness of Louie trying to hold on to his old friends and the joy of new friends reaching out to him. And, I'm happy to report that with careful packing, all of the stuff fit into the trunk. (30 flashlights, a basketball, a stuffed snake, a sweater, ice skates, a tap light, purple fabric, 2 paper plates, and Louie's diarama.)The kids created the foam core flats in the style of the Ezra Keats book "The Trip" - the effect was charming. Their creativity was something to behold as the buildings came to life. The Chrysler Building was so fabulous that I'm saving it for Millie! When the curtain opened, it was like a peek inside the picture book. The only set pieces used were a red trunk for Louie's room (also the base of the Big Red Plane) and the old black dorm trunk for Julio's front porch step (filled with props for Spiffin' Up Ziggy's). "Strike" was an all time record coming in at under 20 minutes. I'm sure the incentive of "Trick or Treat" that evening helped the process along!In all, Project Louie taught us all some important lessons. The importance of friendship, working together to create something bigger than yourself, and that sometimes - less is more. The smiles on the kid's faces and their pride in accomplishment shined brighter than the Chrysler Building.
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November 01, 2010
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HELP!! Beauty and the Beast tankards
Hi! I am desperately searching for tankards to rent or purchase for the Gaston number. I need a large amount and am not having any luck on the internet! Any help would be greatly appreciated! THANKS!!!
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October 25, 2010
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Keyboard Books for Willy Wonka
Can anyone tell me what is covered in which piano/keyboard books. The website is rather vaugue and I was wondering if I really needed Keyboard 1 & 2 books or if the keyboard 1 book mostly doubles the Piano/Conductor score. If I don't need a 2nd keyboard player I will just save the $$ to hire a string player.
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October 09, 2010
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BATB rose.
For our production, we went high tech! We hung a small, decorative flat from the top center of the proscenium, then projected a "power point" animation onto it. The rose was always there, but every now and then, it would drop a petal or two. At the end the operator pushed a keystroke and the last petal fell - right on cue!! Easy peasy!!Thomas
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September 14, 2010
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Length of The Music Man
Does anyone know how long a performance of The Music Man lasts? If it is over 3 hours, is there a way to cut it down without ruining the show?Thanks :-)
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August 26, 2010
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No Orchestra at our school?? Please Help:)
Hi all. I have no access to an orchestra and I am a newer Drama teacher. What are my options for putting on West Side Story with no orchestra? Can I purchase the full orchestration with no lyrics? Will a piano accompanist work?THANKS
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August 25, 2010
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Urinetown with 11-14 year olds?
Has anyone done Urinetown with the middle school/junior high age group?Looking for your experiences and advice, particularly with the challenging music.Thanks!
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July 29, 2010
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Disney's High School Musical
What are the vocal ranges required for the roles in Disney's High School Musical?
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July 26, 2010
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FAME-The Musical Audition Pieces
Looking for audition pieces, mainly the script pieces that will work well for our auditions. Any insight would be great! Thanks!!
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