The Drowsy Chaperone was a very successful musical, and I enjoyed watching the different themes. The cast did an amazing job dancing, singing, acting, and remembering their lines. As I watched, I was truly amazed at how well the play 's layout was done, including the set, props, and lighting. The play was done so well, that I barely noticed any mistakes. The characters made successful physical choices which created the perfect play. My favorite part of the play, was in the beginning when the characters came out of the refrigerator and danced altogether. This was amazing, and I was not expecting that to happen. My two favorite characters in the play were The Man in Chair, played by Jim Crisp, and Janet van de Graaff, played by Sara Koohang. They both
The musical West Side Story is without a doubt one of the most popular and memorable musicals ever to be created. The makers of the musical include composer Leonard Bernstein, lyricist Stephen Sondheim and librettist Arthur Laurents. This musical is often analyzed for being based off of Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare, however there are other underlying themes that should be acknowledged as well. In particular there is a constant stream of racism seen throughout the play. From Lieutenant Schrank’s aggressively offensive remarks, to Anita’s flip-flopping mindset, and even in Tony and Maria’s love for one another, racism is a perpetual theme throughout the musical.
Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II’s musical Show Boat is revolutionary for being one of the first integrated musicals and for addressing social issues. The first act of Show Boat relies on stereotypes for its black characters, but at least they are present. Not only that, but some of the main characters are black and have the opportunity to draw attention to the struggles they face. The presentation of a character who is only later revealed to mixed race after she has been characterized positively challenges audience members’ attitudes toward and expectations of black people. However, despite the musical’s strengths, it “has long been understood as dramatically weak, lacking an adequate or convincing second act” (Knapp 185).
On March 28th, I had the pleasure of attending the Broadway show called “The Play That Goes Wrong,” located at the Lycuem Theatre on 149 West 45th Street. On this particular Tuesday evening, I just had a vibe that something wrong was going to happen in this play – shockingly. I did believe this play will truly be memorable judging by the fun quirk of the show’s name. After watching the performance for about two hours, I can conclude that this play went beyond my expectation as its set disasters and characters amusingly caught the attention of me and the rest of the audience.
Final Essay ACL The Laramie Project and Hillbilly Elegy both focus on major real life issues that are good to be exposed to. Laramie Project is a play that starts very slow, giving a lot of details in the start that are not very intriguing. The story focuses a lot on character descriptions while introducing new characters at the same time. Some of the characters didn’t even have major parts but some ended up making sense.
On Thursday, November 5th, I went to go see the musical Into the Woods put on by the Shawnee Mission Northwest theatre department. Into the Woods is a play about several characters from different fairy tales that interact with each other throughout the plot. Some of the characters include: Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, Jack(from Jack and the Beanstalk), the witch, and the baker and his wife(these two characters do not actually belong to a fairy tale, but have a major role in the plot). There are many other characters from different fairy tales as well, but these are some of the characters that I found most important. The plot mainly revolves around the baker and his wife. There was a curse bestowed on the baker’s family by their neighbor,
Like most performances, “Kinky Boots” is highly educative and informative owing to the plot and storyline which have a different approach as opposed to most plays. As such, my choice to select “kinky Boots” as my performance of choice is influenced by the international acclaim the play has received from the time of its debut. Notably, the play has a variety of advantages owing to the level of experience of its writers, cast, and crew members. However, the show has managed to attract a large demographic because of its use of theatrics showcased in the performance. The response discusses my personal opinion of the play “Kinky Boots” which I attended in the Boston Opera House on the 11th of august.
The play “Steel Magnolias” by Robert Harling, is about a group of friends in a small town and later on have to deal with one of their friends who had type 1 diabetes and passed away. The play takes place mostly in a hair salon in a town called Chinquapin, Louisiana. Truvy Jones is the owner of the hair salon and is looking to hire when Annelle Dupuy comes in and asks for the job. Truvy is amazed at Annelle’s hair styling skills and instantly hires her. Later on, comes in M’lynn Eatenton and her daughter Shelby, who is having a wedding on that same day so they both decide to get their hair done, Clairee Belcher also appears at the hair salon to get her hair done. Later on, Ouiser comes in the salon and is immediately suspicious of Annelle because
In a review of the Broadway production, Lorraine Hansberry noted the problems and misconceptions about something and jotted them down to make them seem like better ideas. Ideas can sometimes make better ideas. Simple honesty is the most important thing in the world. Especially if people are nice to you they deserve to be treated nice back.
Upstage is back, downstage is front, right is left, left is right, out is up, break a leg but don't really, wings have nothing to do with birds, the catwalk doesn’t involve cats, and when the stage manager says move it means move. The theatre vocabulary is very confusing for the outside world, but for me it is my second language. More specifically, I have developed a passion for the technical elements of theatre over the years. The joy of being the “people in black” that can make amazing sets and produce incredible plays which goes unnoticed.. Although this discourse is much small yet complex it has helped me find out who I am but also in my academic skills through learning how to work in teams, solve problems independently but also how to be
Actor William Daniels—known for roles such as Mr. Braddock in The Graduate, John Adams in1776, the voice of Knight Rider’s KITT, and the stern, yet caring, Mr. Feeny of Boy Meets World—has written a memoir titled, Still At Play: My 75 Years in Show Business and the Roles that America Embraced. Daniels, who recently turned 88, has been able to create an iconic role for every generation, from his work in the golden age of Hollywood, to influential characters in classic ’90s sitcoms.
Patricia Villani Patricia “Trish” Villani-Bugg was known for infectious smile and laugh. While she was not adapted at what some may consider” small talk” those close to her could count on her quick wit to brighten up any situation. Trish also was always the first to lend aid to those in need and was a constant support and cheerleader for those whom she was closest to. Part of Trish’s spirituality took form in musical notes. Those of us who knew her well, knew that she expressed herself through the love of music and that music was the catalyst for much of her written works.
The Monologue I chose to do on the play “Selkie” involves the mother, Margaret, the mother of Ellen Jean. The Setting is in a small town but the monologue takes place on the beach at night. Also it takes place around a hundred years ago like it said….though I don’t exactly remember where I read it. Margaret is also a “Selkie” creature but had her pelt taken away from her so she couldn’t go back home, which is in the sea! Her daughter, Ellen is also a selkie but is the 1st selkie to actually be land and water! Margaret also cares for others and tries her best to care for them and make sure what happens to them is right. Kinda like when Ellen’s father tried to cut the webs off Ellen’s hands but Margaret stopped her husband from doing it but Ellen
The productions of this play were successful through stage design, lighting crewing, and acting. Those three aspects made the quality of the play stand out to me, as an audience member. The production of the set design of the play was a good effort. The set design for the play staging aims for the sweet spot between feeding adult nostalgia and satisfying a new generation of children.