I’m working on a theater piece and developing plot points between scenes and characters. It’s like being a detective going through the dramatic arcs of a scene and bridging the scenes together. Then matching motivation and obstacles so they are balanced and realistic.
I was looking up information about setting up a staged reading for a new musical. Found these staged reading guidelines from Actor’s Equity.
Actors’ Equity Association will permit Equity Actors (“Actors”) to participate in Stage Readings upon completion of the attached forms and under the following guidelines:
Great Stephen Schwartz interview with Ernie Manouse. Lots of insight into musical theater and composition for music theater.
WITTENBERG THEATER CLOSES 2001
Theater Wittenberg Closes Its Doors –
The Theater Wittenbergs sustaining institution, a special purpose association, has resolved to close the theatre beginning in summer 2001. The decision will affect 156 jobs. A theatre for children and young people and a project-based music theatre will remain in operation.
HISTORY OF THEATER IN WITTENBERG
Wittenberg has a long tradition in cultural events. The City Theatre Mitteldeutsches Landestheater reached a great importance in GDR times. Since 1996, the City proposes Open-Air theatre shows based on the Lutheran history still alive in many historical places of the ancient town. As highlights, in 2001 and 2005, Fernando Scarpa became the artistic director of the “BÃ¼hne Wittenberg” (Stage Wittenberg), a project for theatre, art and culture in the whole of Germany which attracts to the City plenty of audience and whose success achieves European echo. Hamlet is said to have studied here.
The years 1927-37 were critical for artists in Germany. In 1927, the National Socialist Society for German Culture was formed. The aim of this organization was to halt the “corruption of art” and inform the people about the relationship between race and art. By 1933, the terms “Jewish,” “Degenerate,” and “Bolshevik” were in common use to describe almost all modern art. http://fcit.usf.edu/HOLOCAUST/ARTS/artDegen.htm
Kristallnacht — the Night of Broken Glass
On November 9, 1938, the Nazis unleashed a series of riots against the Jews in Germany and Austria. In the space of a few hours, thousands of synagogues and Jewish businesses and homes were damaged or destroyed. For the first time, tens of thousands of Jews were sent to concentration camps simply because they were Jewish.Â This event came to be called Kristallnacht (“Night of the Broken Glass”) for the shattered store windowpanes that carpeted German streets.
“Those that do not learn history are forced to repeat it.” Never forget.
[Les Miserables] 10th anniversary – 17 VALJEAN Do you hear the people sing.
Angela Lansbury and George Hearn starring in Sweeney Todd by Stephen Sondheim
A great scene from Sweeney Todd that keeps the attention with the growing anticipation of the shave’s outcome…
Stephen Sondheim, Composer/Lyricist
James Lapine, Librettist/Director
Sondheim says you can not make an audience like something, but they have to understand the intention. Preview performances focused on making things clear to the audience.
Stephen Sondheim talks about the writting of Send in the Clowns from A Little Night Music – with excerpts of the rehearsal with Sally Ann Howes. Insight into Sondheim’s composing process – he says he does not let lyrics or melody get too far ahead of each other during the writing process.
Sondheim says he likes to know how a song will end when he starts it.