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May 11, 2011
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Related shows or resources: Aida, Aida School Edition
Aida with a mostly white cast?
I am interested in doing Aida this year as I love the music and the story, however, our school and, even more, our theatre program is pretty much completely white.Has anyone done, or seen, Aida done with a primarily white cast? Does the story lose the impact?I am interested in hearing all of your thoughts.
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March 24, 2011
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Related shows or resources: Big The Musical
Big: The Musical
I might be doing Big: The Musical. I think I will have enough money for approx. 11 musicians. What is the most important for this musical to have it sound right.? Do I need both keyboards? sounds like you need guitar/banjo. What about number of woodwinds and brass.?? Thanks, JZ
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January 18, 2011
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Related shows or resources: Thoroughly Modern Millie, Thoroughly Modern Millie JR.
help with modern millie chinese characters
I am planning to do Modern Millie and I am uncomfortable/nervous about the whole chinese character spoof bit- i really do not know much about this show- assume it is supposed to be a spoof but am nervous about our white caucasian rural community not "getting it"...and on top of it we have a NEW AND SMALL aisan community now in the area that i do not want to offend....any advise as soon as possible would be greatly appreciated....
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January 14, 2011
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Related shows or resources: Hairspray
Hairspray
Is there any ideas or suggestions on how to perform Hairspray in our school that has very few minorities??? My drama kids love the show and the music and have no problem portraying characters of different ethnicities... but can this be done and NOT offend anyone????
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December 30, 2010
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Related shows or resources: A Funny Thing... Forum
Optional instrumentation for Forum
Getting ready to MD a community theater production of Forum. I've seen the orchestration list online. Can anyone comment on the following questions: * are any of the books optional? * are the woodwind doublings cued for optional instruments (I live in a small community, and it's difficult to find folks that double as indicated) Thanks. Any other words of wisdom from a conductor that has done the show would be appreciated! -- ken
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December 06, 2010
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Related shows or resources: Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka
Keyboard Instrumentation Needed
Could someone provide me with the patches or sounds that are called for in the two keyboard books for Willy Wonka?Also, is there a Drumset book and a percussion book or are they in the same book?
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November 19, 2010
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Related shows or resources: Thoroughly Modern Millie JR.
Thoroughly Modern Millie Jr. Super Titles
Hello all...I am currently directing a production of Thoroughly Modern Millie Jr. and I am wondering if anyone knows how to create the Super Titles for the Bun Foo and Ching Ho characters. I am looking to project the English words on something that would fly in. I just don't know what I would need to do to create this. Obviously I would need a projector, but where do I put the projector, what do I project the power point on to, and how big of a job would this be. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks so much :)
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November 04, 2010
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Related shows or resources: Disney's The Jungle Book KIDS
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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Related shows or resources: Captain Louie JR.
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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October 25, 2010
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Related shows or resources: Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka
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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