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Is the Cruise Ship Life for You?

via www.backstage.com Over the last few years, the production value of performances on cruise lines has skyrocketed, and it seems the days of putting a performer’s career out to pasture on the high seas are over. Cruise lines are attracting big-name talent, Broadway choreographers, and highly skilled set designers. RWS Entertainment Group, which works with Holland America and Azamara Club Cruises, has contributed to the uptick in the quality of singers, dancers, music, and set design. We spoke with Ryan Stana of RWS to hear about the misconception he most commonly encounters about working on a cruise ship, what to expect in auditions, and branded shows that tour cruise fleets—“much like touring Broadway productions,” he says. What’s a common misconception about working on a cruise ship tha...

Webinar Registration: WHAT’S NEW IN VECTORWORKS 2019

WHAT’S NEW IN VECTORWORKS 2019 FOR THE ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY Tuesday, September 18 | 2:00 – 3:00 PM ET Vectorworks®  software is the industry-standard for entertainment design, production, and documentation. With the latest release of Spotlight, Vision, and Braceworks™, you can design, document, analyze, and pre-visualize your project in a seamless workflow that enables you to outpace the competition and impress your clients. Whether you work in the A/V industry or in lighting, scenic, film, event, or rigging design, you won’t want to miss our one-hour webinar with Frank Brault, as he explores the newest versions of Vectorworks Spotlight, Vision, and Braceworks. Attendees Will: Explore the many new improvements to Braceworks, including bridle calculations. Learn about major sp...

Broadway Swings: Covering the Ensemble in Musical Theatre (BOOK)

In this textbook for performers, the position of a Swing-an Understudy for the Ensemble-on Broadway is examined from every angle, showing just how vital Swings are to the success of anmusical theatre production. Authors J. Austin Eyer and Lyndy Franklin Smith draw on their own experiences as performers, and gather first-hand stories from other Swings about the glories and hardships of their industry. The book features interviews with over 100 Broadway pros-Swing veterans, Stage Managers, Casting Directors, Choreographers, and Directors-including Rob Ashford, Susan Stroman, Jerry Mitchell, Larry Fuller, Tony Stevens, Beverley Randolph, and Frank DiLella. Broadway Swings is the ideal guide for anyone considering a career in this most unique of positions, or anyone curious about what really g...

Becoming a Broadway Swing, Understudy, or Standby

BY CASEY MINK via www.backstage.com When it comes to “making it” on Broadway, the first thoughts are often of 11 o’clock numbers, Tony Awards, your name above the title on the marquee, and taking the final bow at curtain call every night. While those glamorous rewards can come with the territory, it’s far from the only Main Stem experience. In fact, the majority of performers on Broadway are part of the superhero army of swings, understudies, standbys, and replacements that alone keeps the Great White Way up and running. These gigs are frequently believed to be a mere breaking-in point to Broadway, the steppingstone to bigger and more principal gigs and originating roles. But that’s actually not true. In fact, many performers spend the entirety of their careers in these positions by choice...

How to Make a Living as an Extra

BY CASEY MINK via www.backstage.com There are many ways to make a living as an actor. For some, it means starring roles and a foot-long IMDb page. But that certainly isn’t the only way for actors to spend their lives on film and TV sets, getting paid to do so. Background acting—or ”extra” work—can absolutely be a full-time profession if you know how to go about it. That’s where we come in. In this guide, Backstage will provide all the information and resources you need to answer the question you came here with: How can I make a living as an extra? Why would I want to be an extra? Being an extra is a no-pressure way to gain firsthand experience on a set, make valuable connections, and get paid to watch experienced actors and creatives work. So, why wouldn’t you want to be an extra? You can ...

Broadway Stars Share Their Rejections On Social Media

Broadway is a tough industry, and if you’re going to pursue a career in theatre you’ve got to be prepared to face rejection fairly regularly. Though performers will often take to social media to share exciting news like booking a gig, very few will openly talk about jobs they didn’t book. This weekend, that changed when much of Broadway took to Twitter to participate in #ShareYourRejection – where performers talked about jobs they didn’t book and how though at the time it seemed hopeless, they soon rebounded. Check out some of the highlights from stars like Kelli O’Hara, Idina Menzel, Rachel Bloom, Patti Murin, Morgan James and more below… Do you have a rejection story you would like to share? #ShareYourRejection in the comments below! Kelli O̵...

Playbill’s Ultimate Guide to Buying Broadway Tickets

via www.playbill.com Welcome to Playbill’s Ultimate Broadway ticket-buying guide. Whether you’re a seasoned theatre-goer or a first-time attendee, this compilation of our leading ticket resources will help you navigate your way to a great price. WHAT‘S RUNNING ON BROADWAY? There are currently 41 professional venues in New York City designated as Broadway theatres by the trade group The Broadway League. Some Broadway theatres house long-running hits (like the Majestic Theatre, the home of The Phantom of the Opera since 1988), while other theatres see a regular turnover as shows close, vacate a theatre, and are replaced by a new show. Each year there are regularly 30 or more new shows opening on Broadway How can you find out what’s running on Broadway and what is worth seei...

Serenbe Playhouse Sinks the Titanic, Nightly

via www.stage-directions.com This summer, the Serenbe Playhouse is producing Titanic: The Musical in which the ship is submerged nightly. Here’s a video documentary on the design and installation process as well as the actors and stunt coordinator working on this ambitious production that features Serenbe’s Artistic Director and Director of Titanic, Brian Clowdus along with Set Designer, Adam Koch, and Associate Designer, Steven Royal: Here’s a highlight video of Titanic that takes place at The Inn Lake at Serenbe, about 40 minutes outside Atlanta: Further information from Serenbe Playhouse: www.serenbeplayhouse.com View Original Article  

Artistic Directors: Let’s Do Better

via www.americantheatre.org At its national conference in St. Louis June 14-16, TCG asked four theatre leaders to answer the question: How does the role of artistic director need to change for today’s world? All four delivered these “vision statements” as speeches to fellow leaders assembled for an artistic directors summit on Friday, June 14. They are published here with their permission. Modeling a Better World Howard Shalwitz, artistic director, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company. The theatre is a utopian enterprise that impacts our world by modeling a world that is better. It does this in a few different ways. It does it through the plays we produce on our stages, which, even though they are built on conflict, model the give and take of ideas, the depth of human struggle and connection, an...

Mean Girls Day 2018 – Win tickets to a FREE fan performance!

In honor of our favorite holiday (sorry, Halloween), we want to celebrate alongside our fans with a free performance Wednesday, October 3rd at 7pm featuring totally fetch surprise appearances and more to be announced soon! All you have to do is enter this special Lucky Seat lottery by 11:59pm EST on Tuesday, August 7 for your chance to win! Entrants must be 14 years or older. ENTER NOW

OPINION: Is Augmented Reality the Future of Stagecraft?

BY HOWARD SHERMAN via www.thestage.co.uk A recent article in the Sydney Morning Herald declared that the director of Opera Australia “is staking much of the future and reputation of the national opera company on a digital revolution designed to immerse audiences and create an experience more akin to watching a movie than traditional opera”. To deploy a shopworn phrase usually applied to shows where the story is weak but the physical production stunning, it sounds as if there’s a desire to have Sydney opera-goers come out humming the scenery. The article focuses on the opera company’s extensive use of flat-screen video technology in its upcoming production of Aida. I write with no knowledge of the Australian opera scene and limited knowledge of current opera production, but it sounds as if ...

College Scholarship Programs & Fairs for Dancers

BY MADELINE SCHROCK via www.dancemagazine.com Dancing in college is undoubtedly expensive, but these two events allow you to audition for scholarships from multiple programs at once. Dancewave’s Dancing Through College & Beyond Photo by Linneah Anders, Courtesy Dancewave This fair’s College Scholarship auditions give high school seniors exposure to college reps from across the country. In 2017, 65 percent of the participants were offered merit scholarships totaling $3.4 million. This year’s expanded audition offerings, held at Hunter College in New York City, will accommodate up to 150 dancers. Participating schools include heavy hitters like Boston Conservatory at Berklee, New York University, The Juilliard School, University of Southern California and many more. Oct...

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