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So there is another kind of singing, when people are moved by their genuine emotions to do so, just like in other musicals. Even though we got more flexible with our initial conceit, this idea about reality vs. Jenny and Jeff are fighting to be authentic to themselves and find a real connection in a society that has a lot of rigid narratives and expectations.
Do you watch a lot of reality TV? Those are both shows about artists and creativity, so obviously I identify with the contestants. The judging process reminds me of grad school. I think Itamar and Michelle are much better versed in shows like The Bachelor.
I think this is an idea that is both very current and very ancient. But, yeah, I have that complex love-hate relationship with reality TV that I think a lot of people have. Which is very much what our show is about.
This idea has always been central to our show. I think Jeff ends up wrestling with this, because he considers himself to be above this crass, worldly desire.
But similar to Aschenbach, the ascetic artist in Death in Venice, the world ultimately bites him in the ass.
The new element in our time, probably, is the democratization of access to the public sphere via things like Facebook and Twitter and YouTube and even the affordability of digital filmmaking equipment. Because what this means is that absolutely everybody feels that the world stage in at least some small way is available to them and that they have a right to it. Which cuts both ways: In the early s, the number of reality dating shows skyrocketed. When the culture at large entered the era of video dating, TV jumped on the bandwagon.
The two then shared with host Chuck Woolery the story of what happened on their date. Rather than trying to make happy romantic matches, the show intentionally arranged disastrous dates, which made better fodder for its snide pop-up commentary. Men also got a chance to do the choosing. Widely seen as the nadir of TV dating shows, the two-hour show ended with a live wedding ceremony.
Public outcry was fierce, but ratings were through the roof. As the evening went on, the dates were eliminated one by one. Hot tubs were plentiful and sexual situations encouraged. In a surprise twist which many critics saw as a ploy to lure straight viewerssome of those mates were actually straight, hoping to win a cash prize if the leading man picked him as his final choice. The gay community, which had originally been supportive, led an outcry against this twist.
The show ran for only one season. With so many dating shows on the air, creators struggled to find sensational hooks to make their shows stand out from the crowd.
She is a graduate of the University of Michigan School of Music. Brightman will be seen in the film Change of Plans. Calvert has also blogged for The Huffington Post. Thanks to her wonderful parents, David and Michele. Immediately after graduating from Northwestern University, Mr. Kantor was cast as Mark in the final company of Rent on Broadway, the final performance of which was filmed live for DVD. Kantor is a co-founder of the non-profit arts education organization Broadway in South Africa.
He trained at The Juilliard School. She received a B. He wrote music and lyrics for Band Geeks! A Jonathan Larson Grant recipient, Mr. She directed and co-produced The Sublet Experiment, a site-specific touring production that played to sold-out crowds in New York City for over six months. She is a two-time Drama League Directing Fellow.
She participated in the Gombrowicz Festival in Lublin, Poland. Pepper holds an M. He received a B. Peterson received his B.
She has cast numerous independent feature films. He has stage managed at several regional theatres, including over 50 productions at The Old Globe. Enos received her M. He also served as negotiating assistant for the League of Resident Theatres and sales representative for Columbia Artists Theatricals Corporation.
Murphy earned his B. Louis, Missouri and his M. Sex and the City 2. Since then he directed more than plays of all styles and periods and produced an additional productions. During the s, Mr. Described by Variety as the eminence grise of San Diego theatre, Mr. Noel was particularly proud of the following three honors representing education and theatre: Craig Noel died on April 3, at the age of The Directors are members of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers, an independent national labor union.
Hits Hits-Philadelphia perfectMagazine notes from from beginning beginning to to end! Photo by Paul Kolnik. The original Broadway cast of The Scottsboro Boys. This daring and wildly entertaining new musical, directed by five-time Tony Tony Award Award winner winner Susan Stroman, explores a pivotal moment in American history with arresting originality, innovative staging Susan Stroman, explores a pivotal moment in American history with arresting originality, innovative staging and and a a breathtaking breathtaking score.
Possibly Possibly the the most most important important musical musical Broadway Broadway has has seen seen in in recent recent memory.
Yoder For additional information on how you may become a Season Sponsor, please contact Todd Schultz, Director of Development, at x They are twenty-five times as likely as the average scientist to sing, dance, or act; seventeen times as likely to be a visual artist; twelve times more likely to write poetry and literature.
This STEM focus is intended to stimulate our economy and keep us ahead of the rest of the world when it comes to innovation and new technology. But when the focus is centered on STEM, other modes of learning are pushed to the side. Specifically, the arts are often cut from school curricula in order to make way for STEM courses. Educators, parents, arts practitioners and businesspersons nationwide have rallied for a new cause: By providing rich arts training, students will develop the critical skills and creative thinking that allow for true innovation.
Participants will also be able to take home the recipes and the special art project they complete. Is a taste of delicious Irish pub fare from local eateries, lively performances of music and dance, and a cold Guinness on Thurs. Starting January 31 at Reuben H. Fleet Science Museum you can try your own messy, loud and shocking experiments when they debut the Tinkering Studio: Don't Try This at Home! Watch the chaos of a roll of toilet paper combined with a leaf blower, see bananas get used as hammers and witness an epic ping pong ball explosion!
They provide tools, supplies and inspiration to maximize your tinkering fun. Sounds like wonderful fun. Educated at UCRiverside, Ms.
She makes the fifth new hire in Way to go, ladies! Greg Snear is the new Director of Development. The charges follow arrest this month after she raised funds online to pay for a genital-shaped kayak which she made on a 3D printer. For art students looking for further education Affordable Colleges Onlinerecently updated their guidebook for students looking to pursue an education in the arts including: How to choose a quality online art program, a timeline for art program completion and a detailed look at available online art programs Art Space is declaring the following four trends to watch in The art of the con is part of the action in this clue-solving group adventure that's part game, part drama, all Wow!
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A monumental temporary public art exhibit is now on display on the waterfront of San Diego Bay. Each figure has a metal plate covering its mouth, representing the importance of freedom of expression. The article is well written as always and gives a great overview of the past, present and future of the role of the arts in education. With great canniness, October Sky locates the romance of rocketry in a very specific cultural context: From the distance of 60 years it s easy to forget how transformative Sputnik was to this country.
The fear it inspired paralyzed American society while simultaneously triggering a tsunami of scientific creativity.
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In response to its sense that we were falling behind the USSR, our government launched not only rockets of its own, but also a series of massive investments into scientific research and science education. The fruits of those investments everything from Velcro to Teflon, from laptops to cell phones continue to shape our lives. October Sky dramatizes the same response in miniature, reminding us through the homespun efforts of Homer Hickam and his crew of teenaged rocketeers that the most powerful response to fear is creativity.
I find this a welcome tonic for our current national anxieties. October Sky also sets the exhilaration of stargazing in the context of a deeply moving family story on eternal themes: The father son dynamic in the play is central.Conrad Prebys: Discover Life
John Hickam represents home, stability, certainty, continuity, and tradition. John s wish to imbue those values in his sons collides with his youngest boy Homer s dreams of the stars. For Homer, rockets will fly him upward to his destiny, not downward into his father s coal mine. As the musical works out the conflict between them, it fashions an optimistic and positive pieces of theatre, free of cynicism or sentimentality, devoted to truth and full of sincere feeling.
The special tone of October Sky is set by one of the most exciting directors to emerge in the American musical theatre in a generation: Her warmth and creativity have taken the Globe by storm, and her team of colleagues, especially writers Brian Hill and Aaron Thielen and composer Michael Mahler, have made something very special.
They comprise the first all-chicago-based creative team to make a show at the Globe, which convinces me that my future travel plans should include more visits to the Windy City. I m thrilled that they, and the amazing company of actors and designers they ve assembled, are here. Finally, a personal note. Murphy will leave to captain a rocket of his own, launching from his native Buffalo, New York.
His departure is bittersweet. I m thrilled by this exciting new opportunity for him and wish him well, and yet I will miss him dearly. At The Old Globe he will leave a legacy that will endure for generations. His 13 years here have brought institutional growth and stability, and his leadership has been wise and warm.
Everyone in the company will miss his sense of humor and gentleness, and I will miss our daily interactions and genuine camaraderie and friendship. This theatre and the wider San Diego arts community will draw inspiration from everything that Michael has achieved and taught us, and we ll be watching him go from success to success even as we continue our own great work.
The Globe s Board has opened a national search for Michael s successor, and while his shoes will be very difficult to fill, the extraordinary work he s done here will help us attract a superstar.
I know our audiences join me in thanking him for his contributions to our beloved Old Globe and wishing him every conceivable success. David Huber Associate Music Director Joey Joseph Associate Scenic Design Reuben Lucas Assistant Scenic Design Greg Pinsoneault Assistant Scenic Design Chris Rhoton Associate Costume Design Ricky Lurie Associate Costume Design Charlotte Devaux Associate Lighting Design Ken Wills Associate Sound Design Robert Gilmartin Associate Sound Design Brian Hsheih Associate Projection Design Omar Ramos Moving Light Programmer Colin Scott Music Assistant If you would like a synopsis of this production in English or Spanish, please request it from an usher.
Interview by Danielle Mages Amato What drew each of you to this material? What excites you most about the show? At its heart, it s the story of a boy and his father trying to learn how to talk to each other.
They speak different languages, have very different views of the world and dreams for the future, but need each other deep down and have to fight to find a real connection. I think that s why this story resonates with all sorts of people, even those, like me, who don t know anything about the nuts and bolts of aerospace engineering.
We all have dreams that set us apart, for better or worse. We all struggle sometimes to connect with the people we need the most. I m from an extremely small town: So I completely relate to that aspect of the story and the rite of passage where, as a teenager, you dream of breaking away and going someplace new.
There s always a push-pull in a small town, especially an industry town like Coalwood. You have to find that balance between encouraging kids to follow their dreams, while at the same time you need them to stay so that the town itself can thrive.
I also love family stories.
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I m hugely attracted to family stories where you become a better family by learning and understanding and supporting one another. I also just love any story that inspires hope in people, and this is a really inspirational story. Michael, how do you describe the music you ve created for the piece? Were there specific things about the landscape of West Virginia or the history of the period that inspired you as a composer?
I drew from a variety of inspirations to create the music. The stirring, sweeping Americana of Copland; the bluegrass and Appalachian folk music of the region; the youthful, passionate sounds of the beginning of rock and roll I mixed them all together and put them through the filter of my own sensibilities, and then I tried to give the characters in this story things to sing that were essential.
Rachel, could you talk a bit about the physical production? Were there specific goals you had for what the set needed to accomplish, or what the costume design needed to communicate? Because of the show s cinematic nature, it has to move very smoothly and quickly from one place and time to another.
Because I m a choreographer, I love figuring out transitions, especially the way the set moves and the way the people move the set. In October Sky, we needed to be able to show interiors and exteriors, to see the men descend into the mine, and to get a sense of the world beyond Coalwood.
Kevin Depinet, our scenic designer, came up with this beautiful proscenium piece that feels like the slatted wood of the old mine tracks. And then behind it you see the West Virginia hills, which feel like a symbol of potential and possibility and hope. There are multiple rocket launches that happen throughout the show; that also seems like a big challenge for the creative team to address.
Not only do we have to show them, but we also have to keep them satisfying over the course of the whole evening. Sometimes the failures are even more interesting to put on stage than the successes, especially the explosions that happen before the boys get the fuel ratio right they re extremely fun and visual and interesting. And then there s the big question: Those are some of the things our special effects expert, Markus Maurette, worked with the design team and Globe staff to figure out.
That s been incredibly exciting. In some ways, the world of the play is a very male-dominated place. How do the female characters feature in the story? The story features three strong female points of view from three different generations: Each has a strong and singular impact on Homer s story, while each faces her own struggles as a woman in the late 50s. We see Dorothy come to understand that there could be more possibilities in life for a miner s daughter.