theatre folk

bratworth goes to see a local college production of romeo and juliet and the production is truly godawful like none of the scene transitions work out and half the cast is forgetting their lines but there’s one exception phoenix is playing the role of romeo and he’s absolutely fantastic like bratworth can’t take his eyes off him he’s so believable and the one bright spot in this really shitty production 

he’s so good that bratworth goes backstage to talk to him but then he sees phoenix still in his romeo costume and makeup and he’s smiling and talking to people and has that whole after-show glow about him bratworth suddenly can’t even look at him instead he just buys a rose and leaves it at phoenix’s dressing room door and leaves immediately bc he can’t handle it

can we just acknowledge that superheroines who wear tight cowls have hair under there?


the only way to get a perfectly smooth line is to do like theatre folk: put your hair in tight pin curls and wear a wig cap over it

I want to see Catwoman or Harley Quinn pulling their cowls off to reveal…the crotch from a pair of pantyhose, stretched tight over circles of hair pinned flat all over their heads. which when taken down (laboriously, with much swearing as they try to find all the bobby pins) look like a 1980s puffy nightmare

none of this “cowl comes off and perfect silky hair cascades down like in a shampoo commercial”

anonymous asked:

Yo! I'm not too sure if it's alright to submit this, but I figured all stage manager/tech/actor/theatre peeps would love this! As we know, binders aren't the cheapest thing to buy (unfortunately) and sometimes neither are pencils and highlighters. Well, I work at Office Depot and mid June-August is our Back to School season where all the things theatre folk use goes on sale. The sales are ridiculous and there's always a good one for binders. Also check out the clearance supplies too!

Back-to-school sales are prime SM kit stocking times, but even better is just after the sales stop and stores discount even further in order to get rid of stock. They don’t really advertise it though, so you gotta keep a look out.


Work Comes Home - Part 2

Summary: You work for the company that publishes Hamilton: The Revolution. You meet Lin-Manuel at work and who knows what will happen?

Words: 2426

Author’s Note: Thank you to everyone who enjoyed part 1! It’s crazy, I didn’t even think I would need to write a second part, but I’m glad I did. Enjoy! Please let me know of any mistakes or errors, I’m not the best at editing my own work. (I will openly state, I am Canadian so some words may or may not be spelt different from American English. If people are really fussy about it, I can go in and change them but for now just accept the extra ‘U’s and whatever else.)

Disclaimer:  I know the timeline is not at all accurate to when the Hamilton book was actually released and important dates/holidays. But just go with it :) artistic liberties and what not.

Warnings: Some swearing. 


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Advice for aspiring theatre students:

Hoard things. Especially if you’re in high school and want to continue theatre after high school. Hoard every scene, monologue, song even audition material no matter what it is. If there are multiple audition materials, pick up everything. Even if you think you’ll never use it, even if you think it’s horrible material. Never throw any of it away, keep it in a binder or a box and never look at it because some day you MIGHT need it or benefit from it and it’ll save your ass. 

anonymous asked:

I'm 5"10 blonde English girl. I'm 16, but constantly wishing I was still 5 😂 I am an aspiring singer/songwriter, I do pop, opera, musical theatre, folk and country. I literally write about anything, sometimes people find it cute and other times weird, but I love it and can't help it 😂 I also love acting and want to pursue that as part of my career too. I'm unbelievably gay and a massive fan of CTM and OITNB.

I’m sorry you’re too young for me 


February 20th 1877: Swan Lake debut

On this day in 1877, by the old-style calendar, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s ballet Swan Lake had its debut at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow. Tchaikovsky, already a noted composer, was commissioned to compose the ballet by Vladimir Petrovich Begichev, the intendant of the Russian Imperial Theatres. Borrowing from Russian folk tales, Tchaikovsky wrote the ballet in 1875-6, telling the story of princess Odette as she is transformed into a swan by an evil sorceror. The original show - then called The Lake of the Swans - was performed by the famous Bolshoi Ballet, and was choreographed by Julius Reisinger. This first performance was not well received, with its score and choreography criticised as too complex, and Tchaikovsky never saw his ballet achieve the iconic status it now enjoys. Only after the composer’s death in 1893 was Swan Lake eventually revived, with a new version of the music produced by Tchaikovsky‘s brother and others, along with new choreography by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov. The 1895 version of Swan Lake was a success, and subsequent productions owe more stylistically to this version than the initial 1877 performance. Swan Lake is one of Tchaikovsky’s most famous compositions - alongside other iconic pieces like The Nutcracker and the 1812 Overture - and remains one of the world’s favourite ballets.


At the steps of the lofty Notre Dame, she danced. At the square before the opulent Palais Garnier, she danced too, as her fellow Romani played music to fill the air. Shall they be accused of degrading these old monuments of stone and marble that TOWERED over her with their performance? Shall they be criticised for being so bold as to position themselves so near these fine establishments, where people CONGREGATED for spiritual reflection or appreciation for HIGH ART?

Her dance was not classical; their music was not polished. But surely they conveyed a CHARM of their own? Together, she and her people worked to attract passers-by and persuade them to DEVIATE from their paths, if only for a little while! For the performance in the street was but a precursor to the grand show their troupe had prepared. Young couples giddy in love, curious children and doting parents, nobles wanting a change from the theatre scene, elderly folks who had time on their hands… These were all POTENTIAL audience members whom they cajoled to attend. Quite apart from musicians, there would be trapeze acts, jugglers, contortionists, animal stunts, magic tricks, the list went on!

Esmeralda delighted and took PRIDE in being part of a troupe which neither deceived nor bullied. They may not earn much, but what money they got was HONEST and put bread on the table and fed everyone. After her dance, she was about to leave for the makeshift stage they had set up at a secluded area a slight distance away. Based on the number of people they had managed to direct to the stage, she estimated a good crowd tonight, and smiled to herself. Then, she noticed a tall gentleman standing in the shadows, alone. He had LINGERED, and she seized the chance.

           “Monsieur! If you liked our music, you will enjoy our show tonight.
            It is only ten sous, and begins in fifteen minutes!”

U know what’s something I really hate? When musical theatre folks bash opera saying that it’s just “old stuff for rich white people” and then proceed on making fun of operatic singers (e.g. Carlotta in Phantom), as if opera wasn’t literally the very genre from which musical theatre originated and developed into what it is today.
Opera is not a joke or a dead and past thing, it’s actually pretty much alive and kicking and gaining followers each day, and it deserves visibility and respect in the media as much as musical theatre does