NOW WHAT? A Teacher’s Guide to Directing Musical Theatre, Part 13: YOU DID IT!

Congratulations! You’ve opened your musical! Enjoy the production and celebrate with your cast and crew. And then, get back to work! Here are some pointers for wrapping up your show and preparing for the next one. Backstage: Remind actors to hang up their costumes after each show and return their props to the proper location! Make sure that backstage areas are clean, trash receptacles are emptied, and restroom facilities are well-stocked. Read More

Congratulations to the 2017 Jimmy Award Winners!

The winners of the eighth annual National High School Musical Theatre Awards (The Jimmy™ Awards) were selected and announced last night in a thrilling ceremony at the Minskoff Theatre. Tams-Witmark is a proud Superstar Sponsor of the Jimmys, named for the late Broadway producer James M. Nederlander. Presented by The Broadway League, The Jimmy Awards were hosted by 23-year-old Ben Platt, who recently won the Tony Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical for his role in DEAR EVAN HANSEN. Read More

NOW WHAT? A Teacher’s Guide to Directing Musical Theatre, Part 12: FRONT OF HOUSE

Before you can open your show, you have to open your doors. Having a dependable house manager can relieve you of many pre-show duties, leaving you to focus on the hundreds of other things you need to do! The house manager’s tasks will vary based on how your theater is set up, as well as what flexibility and the resources you have. He or she can assign and delegate, or run it all like a solo performance. Here are some areas that can fall under the house manager’s umbrella. Read More

NOW WHAT? A Teacher’s Guide to Directing Musical Theatre, Part 11: TECH WEEK

Yes, tech week can be long, exhausting, and frustrating. But it doesn’t have to be miserable! Here’s where all of the planning skills you’ve used throughout the process really come into play. There’s no way to know in advance what’s going to go wrong: a light is focused in the wrong place, the mic doesn’t work, and it takes twice as long to change the set between scenes. Your planning might not be able to prevent these things from happening, but at least you won’t be caught off guard. Read More

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