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Love is in the Air

Posted by Martha Broadnax on April 28, 2016 at 9:58am 0 Comments

It's hard to watch a production knowing it has not reached its full potential. It's difficult to see a show and all the effort put in from the actors as well as all the technicians but still not able to reach their full capacity due to the environment in which they are given to perform. Is it possible to blame the stage and the funding for not giving the audience the full experience?



DeLaSalle High School is an interesting place to perform. In the absence of an auditorium, the caved… Continue

Well...I'm Sold!

Posted by Noah Coon on April 24, 2016 at 11:29pm 0 Comments

How would you like to live in Barbra Streisand's basement? Well, not live in it, but work in it anyway. The show Buyer & Cellar at the New Century Theater tackles this question in a one man show about a young man who is hired to run the shopping mall in Barbra Streisand’s basement. The show follows Alex Moore (Sasha Andreev) through his career at Barbra’s house and it compares his relationship with…

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Smooth as an Earthquake Can Be

Posted by Julian Spencer on April 19, 2016 at 9:30pm 0 Comments

An emotional and soapbox piece that spans three different time periods, interweaving the stories of three sisters and their friends and families would seem like quite an ambitious project for an Undergraduate theater department. Most of the lofty requirements for a show such as Earthquakes in London are met by the talented students in the University of Minnesota BFA Program. Entering the intimate and minimalistic theatre space that is the Dowling Studio at the Guthrie Theatre, I did not… Continue

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Posted by Martha Broadnax on April 17, 2016 at 11:31am 0 Comments

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat has a long history in theatre production the musical has been around for years, and the story itself dates all the way back to the story of Joseph from the Bible's Book of Genesis. The upbeat, inspiring show follows a group of twelve Isralite brothers who sell their youngest brother, and their father's favorite son, Joseph to a group of Ishmaelites, who took him off to Egypt. Before he was sold off, Jacob was given a multicolor coat of various colors… Continue

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Newsies' "Extra! Extra!" Energy and inspiration

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Emma MeentsNewsies' "Extra! Extra!" Energy and InspirationSimple stories about the "little guy" can be so much bigger than what lies beneath the surface. This is what one is left with as the stage…Continue

Dirty Dancing

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Do you think Dirty Dancing the stage play would work as a stand alone? I'm curious if you think it's strong enough and has enough of a plot by itself to carry people through without having seen the…Continue

Are Critics Too Snobby?

Started by Dudley Voigt in Uncategorized May 17, 2012. 0 Replies

TC Daily Planet 5/16Jay Gabler, Front Row Seat,When a movie critic says something my dad doesn't agree with, Dad will grunt. "Those critics see too many movies! They have no idea what the average…Continue

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    What is SpotLight's Critical Reviewer Program?

    SpotLight's Critical Review Program gives high school students the opportunity to attend and review touring Broadway productions and SpotLight school productions. Critical Review is part of a larger curriculum that teaches communication skills, and enhances critical thinking and creative response. As part of this program, students receive study guides and press kits before the show, learn from experts including local theatre critics, playwrights and actors who discuss topics from lighting design to choreography, and in some cases, have expanded access to the Broadway touring cast and crew. 

    This program is funded through the generous support of Fred and Ann Moore.

     
     
     

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