dani's theatre life

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Can I just say something about this scene real quick? 

In terms of lighting design this is absolutely BRILLIANT because not only are we lighting Eliza in green, which we have previously seen her in during “Satisfied” and “Helpless”, but it’s a deeply saturated green. 

Now we as lighting designers don’t usually use saturated green except for foliage or if Wicked comes along. This is because green usually makes people look sickly. But this is exactly the point! Eliza is lashing out, sick of Alexander’s obsession with his legacy, sick of his attitude towards his job, sick of everything. She’s in turmoil, choosing to “erase” herself rather than deal with the conflict. Her insides are churning, she probably feels like crying and throwing up. She. Is. SICK. So choosing the green makes absolutely sense, to show her inner conflict outside of her.

AND the green also contrasts the wood from the table and chair and the ambers and reds from the fire, making the elements of home even clearer while still leaving room for the titular action of this song to happen and be highlighted well. 

Well done Howell Binkley, well done. 

Doing a Channel Check
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  • ALD: I said last you idiot.
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I swear to god, if my director 

says one more thing about how long the kisses are

tells us ‘actors are expendable’ again

calls the entire cast and only actually works with half of it 

doesn’t allow me to finish my scene again

keeps not giving any of us blocking

yells as us about costumes again

reminds us for the millionth time that we only have three week until tech

I’M GOING TO EXPLODE

Theatre Season!

So our school’s theatre season has just been announced and I am so excited! Here it is!

An Almost Perfect Person - Judith Ross

This sure hit for stock and dinner theaters is about politics, sexual equality and sex. In New York City on election night Irene Porter, widowed Democratic contender for a congressional seat, has just learned she’s been narrowly defeated by the elderly male Republican incumbent. Picking up the pieces, Irene turns to romance and bed. Her first fling is with her campaign manager and her second one night later is with her campaign treasurer. The two men come to blows over her and then they turn on her, accusing her of fickleness. But Irene gets her man and turns her thoughts to running for mayor.

Luck of the Irish - Kirsten Greenidge

When an upwardly mobile African-American couple wants to buy a home in an all-white neighborhood of 1950’s Boston, they pay a struggling Irish family to “ghost-buy” a house on their behalf. Fifty years later, the Irish family wants “their” house back. Moving across two eras, Luck of the Irish explores racial and social issues and the long held secrets that tie two families and one house together.

Museum - Tina Howe

Museum takes place on the final day of a group show of three fictional contemporary American artists being exhibited in a major museum of modern art. In the course of the day some forty people walk through the show: art lovers, skeptics, foreigners, students, lost souls, fellow artists, and of course, museum guards. The play is about the movement and yearning of these people.

The Tempest - William Shakespeare

 The Tempest is set on a remote island, where Prospero the rightful Duke of Milan, plots to restore his daughter Miranda to her rightful place using illusion and skillful manipulation. He conjures up a storm, the eponymous tempest, to lure his usurping brother Antonio and the complicit King Alonso of Naples to the island. There, his machinations bring about the revelation of Antonio’s lowly nature, the redemption of the King, and the marriage of Miranda to Alonso’s son, Ferdinand.

An Enemy of the People - Henrik Ibsen 

The future is looking bright in Dr. Stockmann’s hometown on the coast of southern Norway. At his urging, the town has built some Baths, which will bring lots of tourists and more importantly tourist dollars. Trouble arrives when the Doctor discovers that the water of the Baths is teeming with bacteria, which are guaranteed to make everybody sick.


At first, several of the town’s leading men like Hovstad, the paper’s editor, and Aslaksen, the head of the Householder’s Association, support the Doctor and his discovery. However, the Mayor, Dr. Stockmann’s brother, stands firmly against it, because the necessary improvements will cost the town tons of cash and will make him look like an idiot. The Mayor swiftly turns the entire town against his brother, and Dr. Stockmann finds himself suddenly in a hostile environment.

Les Misérables - Music by Claude-Michel Stronberg, Lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer, Book by Trevor Nunn and John Cairdi, Based on the Novel by Victor Hugo

Actually, a change in plans. Our new musical will be Hairspray! Music by Marc Shaiman, Lyrics by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, Book by Mark O'Donnell and Thomas Meehan, Based on the film by John Waters

It’s 1962 in Baltimore, and the lovable plus-size teen Tracy Turnblad has only one desire – to dance on the popular Corny Collins Show. When her dream comes true, Tracy is transformed from social outcast to sudden star. She must use her newfound power to dethrone the reigning Teen Queen, win the affections of heartthrob Link Larkin, and integrate a TV network, all without denting her ‘do! 

That’s My Story 

A collection of short stories dramatized by the advanced theatre students and written by children of the surrounding elementary schools, this show never fails to put a smile on peoples’ faces. 

The New Playwrights’ Showcase

Students will be given the opportunity to work with a professional playwright who will help them bring their creative visions to life in the form of shirt 10 minute plays. These plays will then be performed at a staged reading.

Reflections

Students enrolled in the Play Production class will write and perform in an original sketch/improv show. It is guaranteed to leave the audience in stitches!

Words cannot describ how excited I am for this wonderful year!