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cover photo credit Sabi Varga/Boston Ballet
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Here are 20 items all drama teachers should have in their classrooms:

1. Book of Improv Games

via GIPHY If class finishes early, you are stuck for a lesson or are looking for a way to engage students at the start of class, you can’t go wrong with improv games. Amazon offers several choices in books on the subject, or you can purchase sets from educator resource site Teachers Pay Teachers.

2. Box of Costumes and Props

Be it an in-class activity or a school production, having costumes and props available is essential. It may take some time to accumulate a decent stash of items, but start by asking friends or family if they have anything they are looking to get rid of or cruise local garage sales. Dollar stores, craft stores and discount stores are great for finding more specialized pieces at low prices and often have coupons or teacher discounts. Or, enlist the help of creative students or staff to make costumes and props. Never get rid of costumes and props used in a production, unless they’re borrowed, broken or rented. You never know when they could be useful again. Be sure to find plastic bins, crates or even a trunk for storage to keep your collection in good condition.

3. Sharpie Markers

via GIPHY Whether you are labeling tape-marked spots onstage, teacher resources or writing on chart paper, Sharpie markers are multipurpose and always useful. Consider investing in a few mini Sharpie markers that come with keychain clips for easy access.

4. Quality Speakers

via GIPHY Teaching a movement class? Showing a film clip? Just listening to music? Poor-quality speakers mean students can’t hear and will either miss a crucial point you’re trying to make or disengage with the lesson. It’s worth doing some research and purchasing a high-quality set of speakers that will last.

5. Organizational Storage

via GIPHY Drama classes by nature are more interactive, but that doesn’t mean they have to be disorganized. Avoid chaos and allow your students to have independence by maintaining an organized and structured classroom. Whether it’s bins, shelves, cubbies or carts, the options are extensive. Check out Pinterest for tips and ideas for classroom storage and organization.

6. Art Supplies

via GIPHY Allow your students to thrive in inspiring moments and engage in the creative process. Having art supplies on hand gives them the freedom to follow their creativity for an assignment or school production. Speak to your administration about budget for such items before purchasing any on your own.

7. Glue Gun and Duct Tape

via GIPHY There’s nothing this pair can’t do.

8. Jar of Safety Pins

via GIPHY Basic uses include fitting a costume, but safety pins are also great for fastening items to stage curtains or backdrops or even transforming costume pieces into something completely different with creative pinning.

9. Butcher Paper

Drawing, brainstorming and creating backdrops for classroom performances are just a few ways you can use butcher paper. The long rolls of paper are easy to store, economical and more versatile than regular plain paper.

10. LCD Projector or TV

via GIPHY Being able to show video clips and multimedia during your lessons is helpful to keep your students engaged and spark ideas.

11. Clipboards

theatre nerds, drama teaching resources Many drama classrooms opt not to have desks to allow for more space to move around. Clipboards are a great alternative when students need to make notes, write creatively or complete an activity. They also come in handy for productions when you need to organize copies of the script and design notes for members of your backstage and technical crew.

12. Piano or Keyboard

via GIPHY A piano opens more opportunities for your students to be creative and inventive. A budding Sondheim could be among your students, and creating a space that lets them explore the different areas of theatre could be the spark they need. It’s also useful for musical auditions and rehearsals.

13. Performance Space

via GIPHY If you are given a regular classroom space, it can be helpful to designate where the “stage” will be. Some teachers create a small platform within their room, while others mark the space with an area rug or colorful duct tape. Remember to review safety regulations within your school before deciding how you will design your space.

14. Notice Board

Find wall space to hang a cork board where you can advertise arts opportunities such as audition notices, community theatre groups, theatre performance posts or post-secondary programs. Check with your administration before posting anything from a source outside of the school, as some schools have policies around what can be advertised to the student body.

15. Foam Ball

via GIPHY Tossing a ball back and forth around the classroom is a fun way to call on students and engage them in the lesson or discussion by asking the student holding the foam ball to be the one to speak. It’s also an active way to review terminology by having the students toss the ball while quizzing each other.

16. Small Sewing Kit

via GIPHY You never know if there is a budding designer in your midst. Give your students the freedom to explore their imagination and create costume pieces for their performances.

17. Overhead Projector

via GIPHY With many schools transitioning to using document cameras and smart boards, overhead projectors are collecting dust somewhere in the school. Rescue them and give them a new lease on life as budget spotlights for performances in class.

18. Inspirational Décor

via GIPHY Make your room a haven for creativity. Hang up old playbills, posters of shows and examples of those who have found success in creative careers. Also, artwork with motivational phrases can be the encouragement some students need to engage and move outside of their comfort zones. You can also engage students with fun, decorative items. One of my high school music teachers kept a plastic lawn gnome on his desk that had been given to him by a student as a joke. Students always asked about it when first entering his class, and it eventually became the class mascot.

19. Stage Direction Sign

It is surprisingly easy to forget the difference between stage right and stage left when you are also trying to stay in character, read lines, act, sing or dance. Having a reference poster or two for stage directions allows students to reference it independently and saves you from having to repeat the directions numerous times.

20. Buzzer

via GIPHY Presentations and improve games can get chaotic and noisy. Avoid shouting to get their attention and use a buzzer, bell or noisemaker instead. Your voice will thank you. While all of these items are an excellent support for programming, ultimately, the passion for the subject matter is the most important thing to have in every classroom. And luckily, that’s priceless.

What items do you think are helpful for drama teachers? Let us know in the comments below...

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1. Age range and what directors will look for in character appearance.

School theatre- At a school theatre directors will be a lot looser with the general age of a character. This being on account of the fact that all of the cast will be about the same age. Appearances must and will be altered so don't worry too much if you don't look a whole lot like the character you're auditioning for. Community theatre- At a community theatre the age of a character will have an impact on whether or not you get the role. A community theatre would never cast, say a twelve year old, for a grown man/woman whereas this would be completely acceptable at a school theatre.

2. Familiarity between cast members.

School theatre- If you're doing a play at a school theatre chances are you already know everybody, even if it's just by sight. You've seen them often and have a general idea of what to expect from everybody. You probably even know the director as one of your teachers. Community theatre- At a community theatre there's a lot less familiarity between cast members. After you've been doing it for awhile everyone starts to look familiar, but there's still the awkwardness that's bound to happen when you have adults working alongside elementary students. When going into an audition, you also won't have any idea how the director is going to run it so this can put you into unease if you aren't confident.

3. The plays they put on.

School theatre- Naturally a school theatre will have plays chosen that are specifically for a certain age range, and the plays they  choose will almost certainly be perfectly appropriate. Especially if you're working at a middle school or even elementary school they'll probably put on a popular play that's familiar to almost everyone. Community theatre- Community theatres are for adults to enjoy as well as children, so not all the plays they put on will necessarily fit your age range. Chances are sometimes they'll do a play with only an adult cast, or a play with Old English. Just be prepared for anything, and make sure to look into the play before showing up for auditions. Those are the top three differences between school and community theatre, if there's anything you'd like to add definitely leave a comment! [post_title] => Community Theatre VS School Theatre: What's The Difference Anyway? [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => community-theatre-vs-school-theatre-whats-the-difference-anyway [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2018-09-18 09:17:11 [post_modified_gmt] => 2018-09-18 13:17:11 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://theatrenerds.com/?p=367742 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [3] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 367643 [post_author] => 1 [post_date] => 2018-09-14 14:13:10 [post_date_gmt] => 2018-09-14 18:13:10 [post_content] => It's that time of year again... the time where we WATCH ALL THE MUSICALS! Although we're continuously starving to have more musicals on Netflix, there have been some noteworthy additions in the recent months. Some qualifications for being a 'Musical' are fuzzy and debatable, so we apologize to the purists out there. *Stage versions will be labeled (Stage) in title. List applies to US

So without further ado, here are all the Netflix Musicals this fall:


In this musical, set in the 90s, New Yorkers struggle with their jobs, love lives and the effects of the AIDS epidemic on their society.

2. Newsies: The Broadway Musical (Stage)

Musicals on netflix 2018, netflix musicals Newsies is  based on the 1992 film, which was inspired by the Newsboys Strike of 1899 in New York City. Music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Jack Feldman, and book by Harvey Fierstein.

3. The Phantom of the Opera

'From his hideout beneath a 19th century Paris opera house, the brooding Phantom (Gerard Butler) schemes to get closer to vocalist Christine Daae (Emmy Rossum)'. Source: Wikipedia

4. Mamma Mia!

Donna, an hotelier in the Greek islands, is getting ready for her daughter's wedding with the help of two old friends. Sophie, the bride, crafts a plan. She invites three men from her mother's past in hope of meeting her real father and having him walk her down the aisle on her wedding day.

5. Shrek The Musical (Stage)

The greatest fairy tale never told comes to life in this colorful, song-filled, Tony Award-winning Broadway production based on the hit movie. Starring: Sutton foster and Brian d'Arcy James

6. Beauty and the Beast

Held captive in an enchanted castle where clocks and candlesticks come to life, a brave young woman clashes with a beastly but good-hearted prince.

Starring: Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans

7. The Last 5 Years

A novelist and his actress wife recall the story of their relationship through music, starting from opposite points in time and meeting in the middle.

Starring: Anna Kendrick, Jeremy Jordan, Natalie Knepp

8. Moana

A Polynesian girl destined to be her island's chief makes a perilous trip with a boastful demigod to undo his mistake and save her people.

Starring: Auli'i Cravalho, Dwayne Johnson, Rachel House

9. Emo the Musical

We all new this was coming right? Expelled from private school for attempted suicide, emo Ethan enters the world of Seymour High and meets a cute Christian who's ready to convert him.

Starring: Benson Jack Anthony, Jordan Hare, Rahart Adams

10. High School Musical 3

A group of seniors who are having a hard time leaving high school behind stage a musical expressing their hopes and fears about the future.

Starring: Vanessa Hudgens, Corbin Bleu, Zac Efron

11. Opening Night

Once a rising star on Broadway, Nick is now the perennially pestered production manager for a new musical dedicated to rock music's one-hit wonders.

Starring: Topher Grace, Alona Tal, Anne Heche

12. Mulan

Disney brings an ancient legend to life in this animated tale of a tomboy who disguises herself as a man so she can fight with the Chinese Army.

Starring: Miguel Ferrer, Harvey Fierstein, June Foray

13. Trolls

When their fellow Trolls are captured by hungry Bergens, upbeat Princess Poppy and her grouchy pal Branch embark on the adventure of a lifetime.

Starring: Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake, Russell Brand

14. Hercules

The heavenly Hercules is stripped of his immortality and raised on Earth instead of Olympus, where he's forced to take on Hades and assorted monsters.

Starring: Tate Donovan, Danny DeVito, James Woods

15. Country Crush

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A city girl falls for a country boy who follows her to New York, but their romance may be over when she must choose between love and a music career.

Starring: Jana Kramer, Munro Chambers, Madeline Merlo

16. The Prince of Egypt

Born into slavery but raised as the son of a pharaoh, Moses accepts his destiny: to lead the Hebrews out of slavery and into freedom.

Starring: Val Kilmer, Ralph Fiennes, Michelle Pfeiffer

17. White Christmas

netflix musicals white Christmas

Two war buddies fall for two sisters and follow the girls to a resort owned by their former commanding officer, who is in danger of losing the place.

Starring: Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney

18. Pocahontas

A young American Indian girl tries to follow her heart and protect her tribe when settlers arrive and threaten the land she loves.

Starring: Irene Bedard, Mel Gibson, David Ogden Stiers

19. Cherry Pop

When the headliner at a drag bar refuses to perform, a young newcomer makes his debut while backstabbing queens fling insults behind the curtain.

Starring: Allusia Alusia, Misty Violet, Tempest DuJour

20. Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart

Equipped with a mechanical heart and determined to stay out of death's shadow, young Jack understands that love could prove fatal.

Starring: Orlando Seale, Samantha Barks, Harry Sadeghi

21. Holy Camp

holy camp, holy camp movie

In this musical comedy, two rebellious teen girls who love electronic music have a life-changing brush with the divine at a camp run by nuns.

Starring: Macarena García, Anna Castillo, Belén Cuesta

22. Joseph: King of Dreams

With his gift of dream interpretation and his brilliantly colored coat, Joseph inspires jealousy in his brothers in this animated Bible story.

Starring: Ben Affleck, Mark Hamill, Richard Herd

23. A Star Is Born (1976)

a star is born barbra streisand

In this recut personally supervised by Barbra Streisand, a gifted songbird's marriage to an aging rocker falls apart as her star rises and his falls.

Starring: Barbra Streisand, Kris Kristofferson, Gary Busey

24. Beat Bugs: All Together Now

After winning a local talent show, the Beat Bugs journey to compete on "The Bug Factor," a televised singing contest held in faraway Rocket Ship Park.

Starring: Ashleigh Ball, Lili Beaudoin, Charles Demers
They you have it. Obviously Netflix is still lacking in prime musical entertainment, but progress has been slowly made!

What musicals do you want on Netflix? Leave a reply below...

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Although they are not as common in contemporary musical theatre, we’ve compiled 15 of our favorite entr’actes since 1992 below:

1. ‘Beauty and the Beast’ (1994)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vwlZBdhQ8EU During this sequence, the Beast risks his life to save Belle from a pack of wolves.

2. ‘Ragtime’ (1998)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k4-Xc-X5VaY At the start of Act II, the boy Edgar has a dream about Houdini attempting to escape from a box covered in dynamite.

3. ‘The Hunchback of Notre-Dame’ (1999/2014)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aS5bZVg1rnw This fantastic Act II opener features text from the Latin Requiem Mass.

4. ‘Matilda’ (2011)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lxrn95bn34Q Matilda's entr'acte from the original Royal Shakespeare production was significantly cut for the Broadway production.

5. ‘Bright Star’ (2016)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fu9UKVmrEsk Aspiring editor Alice Murphy is gearing up to study in Chapel Hill while longing for her son.

6. ‘Mamma Mia!’ (1999)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GFtD8jTv0g4 Sophie's nightmare about her three possible fathers fighting over who will walk her down the aisle leaves her anxious.

7. ‘The Scarlet Pimpernel’ (1997)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ioaJdchl07Y This instrumental medley of Act I melodies precedes the Act II events at the Prince of Wales' ball.

8. ‘Honeymoon in Vegas’ (2015)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ovs44U1SdTM After Betsy (Jack's girlfriend) agrees to leave with Tommy for Hawaii, Jack follows them there attempting to win back Betsy.

9. ‘Mary Poppins’ (2004)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QBXGi2FueG8 Before the curtain rises on Act II, the orchestra treats the audience to a brief reprisal of "Jolly Holiday."

10. ‘Ruthless!’ (1992)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZoMzDj6nVeg After Tina is revealed as Louise's murderer, she is sent away while Tina's mother Judy becomes a Broadway star.

11. ‘Thoroughly Modern Millie’ (2002)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-zePFmXFEMQ Millie and her fellow stenographers dance their way to work while she tries to get over her fallout with Jimmy.

12. ‘Titanic’ (1997)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3uX83IfDG7E The orchestral interlude is the final calm before the doomed ship's sinking.

13. ‘Steel Pier’ (1997)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zhNZURYsduE This jazzy prelude sets the mood leading up to Bill and Rita's mock wedding.

14. ‘Sunset Boulevard’ (1993)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oyPTCVF98nY This lush prelude juxtaposes the glamour of Hollywood with the seductive nature of "Salome," the screenplay-within-the-musical.

15. ‘Seussical’ (2000)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cfsh3sNc6E4 After Horton is abducted by hunters, the Cat in the Hat conducts the orchestra into Act II.

Let us know your favorite entr'acte in the comments below...

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Here are 53 great audition songs for tenors:

Note: some songs have sheet music available for purchase from our Sheet Music Portal and some songs have more details with lyrics, context, etc.

1. One Track Mind from Sweet Smell of Success

Range : E4-A5

Style : Uptempo Swing (Contemporary)

Mood : Showstopper, Flamboyant


2. Love To Me from The Light In the Piazza

Range : D4-F#5

Style : Ballad (Contemporary)

Mood : Romantic, Passionate, Re-assuring


3. Beethoven Day from You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown

Range : D4-Ab5

Style : Uptempo (Contemporary)

Mood : Soulful, Energetic, Charismatic


4. Saturn Returns from Myths and Hymns

Range : C3-Bb4

Style : Ballad (Contemporary)

Mood : Soulful, Tragic, Heartbroken


5. Many Moons Ago from Once Upon A Mattress

Range : D3-G#4

Style : Ballad (Golden Age)

Mood : Romantic, Story-Telling, Inviting


6. One More Beautiful Song from A Class Act

Range : C4-F5

Style : Ballad (Contemporary)

Mood : Inspired, Futuristic, Intimate


7. She Was There from The Scarlet Pimpernel

Range : C#4-G#5

Style : Ballad (Pop Opera)

Mood : Romantic, Nostalgic, Introspective


8.Where In the World from The Secret Garden

Range : F4-Ab5

Style : Uptempo (Pop Opera)

Mood : Anxious, Desperate, Afraid


9. Prayer of the Comfort Counselor from The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Range : E4-B5

Style : Uptempo (Contemporary)

Mood : Soulful, Encouraging, Rousing


10. Into The Fire from The Scarlet Pimpernel

Vocal Part : Tenor

Range : D4-Ab5

Style : Uptempo (Pop Opera)


11. Fifty Million Years Ago from Celebration

Vocal Part : Tenor

Range : Eb3-F4

Style : Uptempo


12. The Games I Play Ago from Falsettos

Range : B3-G5

Style : Ballad (Contemporary)

Mood : Romantic, Regretful, Introspective


13. Buffalo Nickel Photoplay Inc. from Ragtime

Range : B3-F#5

Style : Uptempo (Contemporary)

Mood : Enthusiastic, Comedic


14. I’m Martin Guerre from Martin Guerre

Range : D4-A5

Style : Uptempo (Pop Opera)

Mood : Vengeful, Intimidating, Plotting


15. Race You to the Top of the Morning from The Secret Garden

Range : Db4-Ab5

Style : Ballad (Contemporary)

Mood : Story-telling, Fatherly, Dramatic


16. Quasimodo from When Pigs Fly

Range : D3-A4

Style : Uptempo Swing (Contemporary)

Mood : Flirtacious, Romantic, Flamboyant


17. When I’m Not Near the Girl I Love from Finian's Rainbow

Range : B3-D5

Style : Midtempo Waltz (Golden Age)

Mood : Comedic, Romantic


18. The Mason from Working

Range : B3-G5

Style : Ballad (Soft Rock)

Mood : Inspirational, Uplifting, Futuristic


19. Heaven on Their Minds from Jesus Christ Superstar

Range : D4-C6

Style : Uptempo Rock

Mood : Menacing, Critical, Desperate


20. How Glory Goes from Floyd Collins

Range : Bb3-G5

Style : Ballad (Contemporary)

Mood : Introspective, Nostalgic, Bittersweet


21. The Flower Garden of My Heart from Pal Joey

Range : Eb4-G5

Style : Midtempo (Golden Age)

Mood : Romantic, Light-hearted, Carefree


22. Drift Away from Grey Gardens

Range : D4-F5

Style : Ballad (Contemporary)

Mood : Jazzy, Nostalgic, Romantic


23. What Is It About Her? from The Wild Party

Range : C4-Ab5

Style : Midtempo (Contemporary)

Mood : Passionate, slight Latin rhythm, Seductive


24. Enjoy The Trip from Bring It On: The Musical

Range : C4-Ab5

Style : Midtempo (Contemporary)

Mood : Nostalgic, Romantic, Intimate


25. Stranger from Big Fish

Range : C4-G5

Style : Uptempo (Contemporary)

Mood : Uplifting, Inspirational, Futuristic


26. Her Voice from The Little Mermaid

Range : D4-F#5

Style : Ballad (Contemporary)

Mood : Disney, Romantic, In Awe


27. No Moon from Titanic

Range : E4-G5

Style : Midtempo Waltz (Pop Opera)

Mood : Romantic, Serene


28. The Proposal/The Night Was Alive from Titanic

Range : E4-E5, C4-G5

Style : Ballad (Pop Opera)

Mood : Romantic, Hopeful, Nostalgic


29. I Never Knew from Far From Heaven

Range : C#4-G#5

Style : Ballad (Contemporary)

Mood : Jazzy, Confessional, Coming Clean


30. The Streets of Dublin from A Man of No Importance

Range : E4-A5

Style : Uptempo (Contemporary)

Mood : Cheerful, Observant, In Awe


31. Let It Sing from Violet

Range : D4-Eb5

Style : Uptempo (Contemporary)

Mood : Racially Specific, Retro, Inspirational


32. I'd Rather Be Sailing from A New Brain

Range : A3-Gb5

Style : Ballad (Contemporary)

Mood : Inspirational, Hopeful, Futuristic


33. I Chose Right from Baby

Range : Bb3-Eb5

Style : Midtempo (Soft Rock)

Mood : Romantic, Youthful, Intimate


34. A Man Could Go Quite Mad from The Mystery of Edwin Drood

Range : A3-G5

Style : Uptempo (Pop Opera)

Mood : Fascinated, Scary, Villainous


35. I Will Follow You from Milk and Honey

Range : D4-Bb5

Style : Ballad (Golden Age)

Mood : Romantic, Passionate


36. The Thought of You from Fanny

Range : E3-A4

Style : Midtempo (Golden Age)

Mood : Romantic, Passionate, Driving


37. Fanny from Fanny

Range : Bb3-Eb5

Style : Ballad (Golden Age)

Mood : Romantic, Passionate


38. You Walk With Me from The Full Monty

Range : B3-B5

Style : Ballad (Contemporary)

Mood : Romantic, Intimate


39. I Am In Love from Can-Can

Range : C4-F5

Style : Midtempo (Golden Age)

Mood : Romantic, Light-hearted, Carefree


40. Come With Me from The Boys From Syracuse

Range : B2-F#4

Style : Uptempo (Golden Age)

Mood : Romantic, Lighthearted, Inviting


41. You Are Never Away from Allegro

Range : B3-G5

Style : Uptempo (Golden Age)

Mood : Romantic, Lighthearted


42. Awaiting You from Myths and Hymns

Range : G3-F5

Style : Ballad (Contemporary)

Mood : Contemplative, Soulful, Introspective


43. The Day After That from Kiss of the Spider Woman

Range : D4-A5

Style : Midtempo

Mood : Majestic, Troubled, yet Hopeful


44. Alive from Jekyll and Hyde

Range : D4-E5

Style : Uptempo (Pop Opera)

Mood : Fascinated, Scary, Villainous


45. I’ll Be There from The Pirate Queen

Range : C4-A5

Style : Ballad (Pop Opera)

Mood : Romantic, Hopeful, Passionate, Jealous


46. All Good Gifts from Godspell

Range : D4-A5

Style : Ballad (Soft Rock)

Mood : Inspirational, Uplifting


47. Love Can’t Happen from Grand Hotel

Range : D#4-A5

Style : Midtempo

Mood : Romantic, Passionate


48. Fortune Favors the Brave from Aida

Range : Bb3-G5

Style : Uptempo (Contemporary Rock)

Mood : Triumphant, Powerful


49. Oh, Is There Not One Maiden Breast? from The Pirates of Penzance

Range : G3-Gb4 (optional Bb4)

Style : Ballad (Operetta)

Mood : Romantic, Desperate, Lonesome


50. 30/90 from Tick, Tick…Boom!

Range : E3-A5

Style : Uptempo (Contemporary Rock)

Mood : Hopeful yet Anxious


51. My Girlfriend Who Lives in Canada from Avenue Q

Range : Range: B2–G4

Style : Uptempo

Mood : Comedic


52. I Am Aldolpho from The Drowsy Chaperone

Range : Range: E2 (optional)–A4

Style : Midtempo

Mood : Comedic


53. I Don’t Understand the Poor from A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder

Range : Range: B2–G4

Style : Midtempo

Mood : Comedic


Have one we missed? Leave your favorite tenor audition song in the comments below...

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1. His ‘Musical Monday’ Series Is Wildly Entertaining

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oHugF53t28U Every Monday, Lynch posts a video of himself singing and playing either an original song or a selection from a musical or movie. His performances are often ambitious, sometimes lasting well over 10 minutes.

2. His Live Reaction Videos Are the Best

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gbQmfKJYzDM Lynch also records a series of live reactions while listening to contemporary cast albums and performances gone wrong.

3. His Piano Skills Are Outstanding

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qcfU3jiJAw0 Lynch is a music graduate of William Paterson University and used to be a staff accompanist at Juilliard. He has also recorded videos playing works by Mozart and Chopin.

4. He Spotlights Lesser-Known Shows

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=38xCnjrfFwQ Lynch sure does his research by mentioning and praising shows with niche cult followings, such as “Bare” and “Glory Days.”

5. He’s Hilariously Blunt

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8p66fR8Aw7U Lynch is an outspoken critic of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s music and isn’t afraid to toss a few jabs at musicals such as “Starlight Express” and “Cats.”

6. He’s a Master Parodist

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VaGEz3GG1yc Formerly his most popular video, “Worst Musical Theatre Song Ever Written for Auditions” pokes fun at all of contemporary musical theatre’s most notorious cliches.

7. He Thoroughly Explains Music Theory in Broadway Shows

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9CwRZfbqLmM Lynch uses his music major background to explain common, effective musical trends found in shows such as “Next to Normal” and “Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812.”

8. He’s Writing His Own Musical

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sfK-RZSlNgA Lynch is currently writing “Abstinence: The Musical” and has premiered the opening number for his YouTube audience.

9. He Sells His Original Pieces Online

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-u9nHhQm2sM In addition to having an album of original music, Lynch sells sheet music for his original pieces on his website. Recordings can be found on Spotify and iTunes.

10. He Has Helpful Lifestyle Advice

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d1NY6-oCQHY Lynch has made several videos about his enormous weight loss and how he’s maintained his health over the years.

11. He Does Clever Arrangements of Pop Songs

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AOfn-AWu0o8 Lynch’s pop covers include a mashup of Mariah Carey and Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, as well as a mashup of “Hello” by Adele and “Let It Go” from “Frozen.”

12. He’s Transparent About His Personal Life

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DyQRZ0lP9KE Lynch is open about having ADD and how to cope with it and use it to his advantage.

Why do you love Kevin Lynch? Which one of his videos is your favorite? Let us know in the comments!

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1. Always Get to Rehearsal Early

Assistant Stage manager This can be difficult when you have a crazy schedule, but it’s very important to show up early to rehearsals. You need time to get everything set up and ready so that you’re not in a rush when everyone else gets there. If you forget something or feel unprepared, you’ll feel stressed, and that will put more stress on your stage manager run crew and cast.

2. Teach Your Crew to Work Together

While you may not be able to get your crew to love each other, you can get them to work well together by arming them with all the knowledge they need to get through the show successfully. Before each show, go to each crew member and make sure they know their cues, scene changes and all other duties. Ensure everyone has their cue sheets and always have an extra one on hand, to be safe—someone will inevitably forget theirs. You should also have everyone run their scene changes before the show starts and keep a checklist for yourself so you know you’ve accomplished all your tasks. Your stage manager can also weigh in on whether there’s anything else that needs to be taken care of.

3. Stay Organized

It’s very important to stay organized and keep up with all rehearsal and show reports. You don’t have to print them out the way that a stage manager does, but it’s a good practice to keep them in a file on your computer in case your stage manager forgets one and you need to help him or her out. You should also keep an eye on the stage manager kit to make sure everything is fully stocked and in its place. It’s a nice way to stay organized and keep from running out of anything you might need.

4. Bring Snacks

You don’t have to do this all the time, but it can help the cast and crew’s morale if you bring in snacks such as fruit, cookies or candy every once in a while. Technicians especially tend to skip meals during tech week, so it helps to bring in something small for them. And even if you don’t bring enough for everyone, be sure to always have a snack in your bag in case of an emergency. Being on a show crow can be stressful, but if you do these small things, it will help take some of the stress off of you and the rest of your crew.

Any tips for assistant stage managers? Post them in the comments below!

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Dear TheatreNerds Community,

I really appreciated Katelynn Johnson’s recent article, “A Call For More Film Recordings of Broadway Shows”. In point of fact, it’s something I’ve been working on with my partners for the last two years. It's something I’m very passionate about. I absolutely believe that my partners and I are on the verge of discovering a new way to watch and develop musicals. I come at this perspective as both a writer of musicals and also as a consumer. And this new idea appeals to me on both levels. As someone who’s been lucky enough to work on Broadway and in some of the best regional theaters in the country, I am extremely grateful for live theatre. I’m grateful for the actors, the artists and the musicians I’ve worked with over the years who have put so much love and labor into their art. But I’ve also seen our work essentially disappear when a show is over and I’ve seen artists struggle. Not to mention, the cost of developing new work for artists like me, and others, can be challenging. But in 2015, when Ken Davenport innovatively decided to live-stream my Off-Broadway musical, DADDY LONG LEGS, (co-written and directed by John Caird) the show received 150,000 streams from 65 different countries around the world in one night; A show without stars and barely any title recognition. I knew that night that what I watched was the future. My dream of the future essentially came true this past February. My new company filmed my musical, EMMA, at the Westside Theatre in New York. Not as a live musical; not as a film; but, as a hybrid between the two. Something new. Live singing. No audience. We had a crew that used 3HD cameras that can go anywhere, a film director and a stage director. This is the first original stage musical created to be streamed worldwide. And the fact that I will be able to share this with you – wherever you are in the world – is absolutely thrilling to me. We are going to be an equitable company and one of the main elements about this new model that’s so important to me is the profit-sharing aspect. Because, even though Daddy Long Legs was free, that's not how we keep moving more musicals into the world. But for a price as low as a latte, all the artists – directors, writers, designers, actors, musicians on EMMA –share in the profits, forever. It also allows us to keep production costs low but production value high. So a show that might have run 3 weeks in a regional market and never appear again, can now run forever all over the world. With the intent of launching live productions for theaters anywhere, this is a win/win for everyone. Like Katelynn in her article, I grew up with the desire to put live theatre in my pocket and take it out later at home and watch it again and again. (I TiVo’d LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA Live at Lincoln Center and watched it 11 times. Then the machine broke. Crap. I’ll never see that production again). My hope is that EMMA is just the first step into the future of streaming musicals. And we need you to be our eyes and ears. You are going to be so helpful in this process and we can’t wait for you to tell us what you think. It’s like a workshop for exciting things to come and you’re a huge part of that. Thanks for supporting musicals. And nerds who like musicals. And just TheatreNerds in general. ~Paul Gordon https://www.facebook.com/theatrenerds/videos/866196050434629/ [post_title] => Streaming Musicals: A Letter To Theatre Nerds From Paul Gordon [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => streaming-musicals-a-letter-to-theatre-nerds-from-paul-gordon [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2018-08-24 13:28:43 [post_modified_gmt] => 2018-08-24 17:28:43 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://theatrenerds.com/?p=367130 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [15] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 366731 [post_author] => 1840 [post_date] => 2018-08-14 21:10:31 [post_date_gmt] => 2018-08-15 01:10:31 [post_content] => From drama club, to college, to professional theatre, I have done a lot of shows in my time as a technician. So, I have compiled a list of plays and musicals that I have worked on that I know other theatre nerds will love. Whether you’ve never heard of these or love them as much as I do, here are some great shows to check out:

1. ‘Duck Hunter Shoots Angel,’ by Mitch Albom

This play is quirky, beautiful and hilarious, with a touch of sadness. It follows the story of a tabloid writer named Sandy to his old home in southern Alabama as he writes a story about Duane and Duwell Ealy, who have supposedly killed an angel while hunting ducks. The story shows bits and pieces of the past Sandy left behind.

2. ‘The Mountaintop’ by Katori Hall

This show is a fictional telling of the night before Martin Luther King Jr. was killed. Katori Hall did an amazing job writing such a powerful and emotional show. It’s hard to even find the words to describe how beautiful this show is, but when you go see it, be ready to laugh, cry and be completely astonished by everything that plays out.

3. ‘She Kills Monsters’ by Qui Nguyen

This show follows the story of Agnes, whose younger sister, Tilly, has been killed in a car wreck. In looking through some of Tilly’s possessions, Agnes finds her “Dungeons and Dragons” notebook and gets to know her sister for the first time as she reads through a quest Tilly wrote. There are so many great effects in this show, with monsters galore and lots of fight scenes.

4. ‘The Drowsy Chaperone’ by Bob Martin and Don McKellar

This silly, fun musical is a show within a show. The Man in the Chair tells the story of his favorite musical, “The Drowsy Chaperone,” to the audience, and the show plays out onstage as he plays the music and tells stories about the original cast.

5. ‘Metamorphoses’ by Mary Zimmerman

Not to be confused with the story about a man turning into a bug, this play follows wonderfully told stories in Greek myths and legends. The stories are told in short vignettes, and yes, there is a full swimming pool onstage in most productions, which makes for some amazing scenes.

Any suggestions on great shows for theatre nerds? Post them in the comments below...

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Essential Items

There will be plenty of things left out of this list, but these are things you may not have considered as fundamentals:

1. Audition Kit

This is a simple tote bag with the things that help ground you during an audition, such as your favorite non-perishable snack, a water bottle, headphones and antiperspirant. It will come in handy if your program auditions multiple shows in a short amount of time.

2. An Updated Resume

This is very important! A resume may be a professor’s first impression of you if you audition for them before you have class with them. It’s always nice to have someone want to work with you just from seeing your professionalism. They are more likely to treat you like a professional in the future.

3. Some Headshots

The photos themselves don’t have to be Vogue-worthy — they can even be taken on one of the newer smartphones with a good camera. What’s important is that they are printed on photo paper, 8’x10’, in high-quality paper instead of printer paper. If you can save up to print them in bulk, it will save you time later. Just make sure you look the same in your photo as you will when you walk into the audition room. College is a learning environment, but it’s better to have a fair-quality headshot while you’re experimenting with your look than an old headshot that no longer suits you.

4. A Few Journals

Something I’ve found helpful is having a journal to keep all the things that have affected me the most in one place. One of the fundamental differences between college and high school is the change in how information is given and how long you hold onto it. The tips you learn from your professors will go far into your career. Investing in a nice journal and pens — or perhaps scrapbooking gear and a binder — will ensure you can keep your thoughts and best tips organized when you’re in the real world and need them most.

5. A Water Bottle

Imagine using your voice, body and mind to the extreme for the majority of your day. Staying hydrated will change your experience and make a lot of things a lot easier.

6. Socks

There are many reasons to own socks, but performance majors tend to have an unusual number of classes that require no shoes. Cute patterns are always better than smelly feet.

7. Workout Clothes

An essential part of learning in this major is learning how to sweat. Having clothes that you feel confident wearing and are comfortable moving in will make scene work, movement and more physically intense classes smoother and more rewarding.

8. Nicer Clothes

You can’t forget to also have clothes that are nicer than your day clothes. These will be used mainly in auditions, scenes and certain classes that work on period pieces. Some period classes may require a sportech jacket or corset and floor-length skirt. This depends on the teacher or program, but they are nice to have for rehearsal if you know your costume will require those pieces anyway.

What to Expect

Like any other college major, there will be a fair amount of difference based on the program. That’s why it’s important to do your research for the program you’re going into. It’s nice to not be completely blindsided, but also leave some avenues open for surprises. The school’s website is always a great place to start. After you pop onto the website and do some clinical research, get personal. See which professors you can email, make a friend in the major who has been there for a while or go see a show the school is putting up. This way, you can see behind the scenes, which will make the transition even smoother. Overall, it’s comforting to remember that one of the most memorable things about your first year will be learning how well you can adapt to a new environment, schedule and stasis, even when you weren’t sure you could.

No. 1 Tip for Success

There are a million things that may or may not help you succeed, but often students aren’t told the one thing that is a surefire way to encourage success: If you never fail, you’ll never learn anything. Sure, it’s important to make good choices as a student, but you can also take failure as an offer for future success. The point of pursuing higher education is to emerge from it knowing something you didn’t know about your passion. It’s OK to make a mistake if you learn from it. Enjoy each moment, because the ride goes faster than you think. If you allow yourself to fall on your face and surprise yourself, you’ll be all the better for it.

What tips would you give your freshman self? Let us know in the comments below...

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Do you think there should be more recordings of Broadway shows? Let us know in the comments below...

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1. What Is a Scenic Carpenter?

Scenic Carpenter Well, that is fairly simple. It’s a person who builds the sets for shows. We are given construction drawings from the technical director, and we build whatever needs to be built. You need a bunch of 22x7-foot walls? We build those walls exactly to the specifications of the set designer and technical director.

2. What Types of Skills Do You Have as a Scenic Carpenter?

I have many different skills. I am very skilled at woodworking and can build pretty much anything you want, just like so many other carpenters out there. Most are also trained in welding, foam carving and paper-mâché and have the ability to use a vast number of power tools. We are also very skilled at solving problems on the fly, since we often encounter tricky issues and have to think fast to solve them in a quick, efficient manner.

3. So, If You Have All These Marketable Skills, Why Use Them for Theatre?

I cannot tell you how many times I have been asked this question. We chose theatre for the same reason a lot of other people have chosen their careers: because we love what we do. We love theatre, even if it is a lot of hard work. Yes, we know our skills could have gotten us a lot of other jobs, but if we wanted those jobs, we would have gotten them. We didn’t choose theatre as a last resort — it’s what we love and what we’re good at.

4. Can You Even Get a Job in That Field?

This is another question I get a lot (along with everyone else who works in theatre). The answer is yes. There is a high demand for carpenters in the theatre space, though sometimes you have to travel a long way from home to get one of these jobs.

5. So, You Started Off as an Actor. Why Didn’t You Stick With That?

Let me just clear one thing up for anyone who has ever asked this question of any theatre technician. We are not failed actors. In fact, a lot of us who started off acting were very good at acting but realized we enjoyed another side of theatre even more. Some of the best carpenters I have worked with have been really good actors, but they chose to do carpentry because they enjoyed creating shows instead of being in them.

6. Doesn’t It Bother You That Your Creations Only Last for a Short Time Before They’re Torn Down?

Scenic Carpenters, stage carpenters, theatre nerds, stage craft Sometimes, yes. I’ve had situations where it would take me months to build a set for a show that was only going to run for three days and would get torn down immediately after it closed. It can be a bit frustrating, but at the same time, I like to look at it like it’s my way of creating art that changes people’s lives. A show’s run might be short, but when people come to see it, they get to escape reality for a bit, and I know I played a part in helping them do so.

Thanks for reading! Have any questions that you get asked a lot about your theatre work? Have any other questions about scenic carpenters? Let us know in the comments below...

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1. ‘Seize the Day,’ from ‘Newsies’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pj63Ecf3LQg "Now is the time to seize the day, Answer the call and don't delay. Wrongs will be righted, if we're united. Let us seize the day!"

2. ‘Good Morning’ from ‘Singin’ in the Rain’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bv4z6TORtKY "Good morning Good morning Sunbeams will soon smile through Good morning Good morning to you and you and you and you!"

3. ‘Morning Person’ from ‘Shrek the Musical’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GQaVSORGRgs "Good morning birds good morning trees Oh, what a lovely day The suns so big it burns my eye but really that's okay!"

4. ‘Just Another Day’ from ‘Next to Normal’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yFt5ggJgrfI "Just another day, for another stolen hour, When the world will feel my power and obey. It's just another day, feeling like I'll live forever."

5. ‘Circle of Life’ from ‘The Lion King’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ewOAsUWQJvo "From the day we arrive on the planet And blinking, step into the sun There's more to see than can ever be seen More to do than can ever be done"

6. ‘Day One’ from ‘Groundhog Day’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PLjB5_6XGic "Who is that? Who is that? Emerging from his burrow? Who can see today what we won't see until tomorrow?"

7. ‘Bikini Bottom Day’ from ‘SpongeBob SquarePants: The Broadway Musical’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sf9vLUXZcC0 "How I love this town Bikini Bottom When the sun shines down On a beautiful Bikini Bottom day"

8. ‘Opening Up’ from ‘Waitress’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YQD1e6V7_ug "The day starts like the rest we've seen Another carbon copy of an old routine Days keep coming One out, one in They keep coming."

9. ‘Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’’ from ‘Oklahoma’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KNEUtN21cuU "Oh, what a beautiful mornin' Oh, what a beautiful day. I've got a beautiful feelin' Everything's goin' my way."

10. ‘In the Heights’ from ‘In the Heights’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g0BVfBwVqFo "Lights up on Washington Heights, up at the break of day. I wake up and I got this little punk I gotta chase away. Pop the grate at the crack of dawn, sing While I wipe down the awning Hey y’all, good morning!"

11. ‘A Brand New Day’ from ‘The Wiz’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b26ASkRH0o4 "Everybody look around, 'Cause there's a reason to rejoice you see. Everybody come out, And let's commence to singing joyfully."

12. ‘One Day More’ from ‘Les Misérables’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IddP8AAIGTQ "Tomorrow we'll discover What our god in heaven has in store! One more dawn, One more day, One day more!"

13. ‘Feeling Good’ from ‘The Roar of Greasepaint — The Smell of the Crowd’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pulEa0cfNcw "It's a new dawn; it's a new day; It's a new life for me. Feeling good."

14. ‘Here I Go’ from ‘If/Then’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=07_CkayJ5hU "And I've studied all the stories, And what our chances are. Then my heart starts beating faster, And it makes this disaster worst by far. Still, here I go."

15. ‘Good Morning, Baltimore’ from ‘Hairspray’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BVVPVyj5Wr8 "Good morning, Baltimore. And someday when I take to the floor, The world's gonna wake up and see Baltimore and me."

16. ‘Buenos Aires’ from ‘Evita’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cVWE93FN5SU "I get out here, Buenos Aires. Stand back! You oughta know what you're gonna get in me: Just a little touch of star quality."

What's your favorite showtune to start your day with? Let us know in the comments below...

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