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Characterization in Theater | Arts After School

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Teaching artist Dane Hosler visited Whitley County High School to work with drama teacher David Sweet and his students on characterization. The students worked on dramatic monologues, meeting after school once a week for a month. Hosler describes the variety of his work as a teaching artist, including improvisation and staging, and explains how he deals with time constraints in an after-school program. Sweet offers advice for teachers who wish to start an after-school program.

Video Producer

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Join the Career Lab set crew and see how this creative career mixes moving images with sound to teach, advertise and entertain.

MN Original | Librettist & Composer Dominick Argento

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Watch now: In 1962, the Walker Art Center commissioned Dominick Argento to compose an opera for Center Opera, now known as Minnesota Opera. More than 50 years later, Minnesota Opera continues to emphasize new works by contemporary librettists and composers, including a 2014 revision of Argento’s “The Dream of Valentino,” which premiered in 1993 at the Kennedy Center.

Among the many awards to his name, Argento has a Pulitzer Prize and a National Opera Association Lifetime Achievement Award. He is also Composer Laureate for the Minnesota Orchestra.

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Little Deer and Mother Earth | Native American Culture

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In this video Marilou Awiakta, of Cherokee/Appalachian heritage, tells a traditional Cherokee story in which humans are killing too many of their animal relatives, threatening the delicate balance of nature. Little Deer leads the animals in taking action, teaching the lesson that people should take “only what you need with respect and gratitude.”

MN Original | Minnesota Citizens for the Arts

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Learn about how Minnesota Citizens for the Arts (MCA) serves as a national model for arts advocacy. In addition to their creation of the State Arts Board and Regional Arts Councils, MCA partnered with the conservation community in 2008 to develop and pass the 25-year Legacy Amendment, which builds funding for the arts into Minnesota’s constitution.

Executive Director Sheila Smith shares accomplishments from the organization’s 40-year history.

MN Original is a recipient of Legacy Amendment funds.

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Jemima Boone | Drama Based on Historical Characters

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In this video, viewers watch a scene from a play about the daughter of famous Kentucky pioneer Daniel Boone. This scene opens with Jemima recalling a date in 1773. The scene transports us to that day. Daniel and his son James are setting a trap for food.

ANNIE ON BROADWAY: What Does a Producer Do?

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Producer Arielle Tepper Madover talks about taking the production of Annie: The Musical from pre-production to the stage. She discusses everything from clearing the rights to the play and hiring a director, to how she balances her roles as producer and mother.

Shakespeare: Scene from Much Ado About Nothing

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The main plot in this Shakespearean comedy revolves around the young lovers Claudio and Hero and the obstacles to their marriage. This scene, however, features the more mature lovers from the play’s sub-plot—Beatrice and Benedick—and their “merry war.” Prior to this scene (from Act V, Scene II), Hero’s character has been defamed, causing her fiancé, Claudio to reject her at the altar. Enraged, Beatrice urges Benedick to prove his love for her by killing Claudio. In this scene, Benedick tells Beatrice he has challenged Claudio to a duel. Actor Joe Gatton opens the segments with a brief introduction to the scene.

Introduction to Greek Drama

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Instructor Elizabeth Jewell explains characteristics of Greek drama, including parts of the stage, the role of the chorus, costumes and set, and the role of drama in Greek life.

A New Medium | In Their Own Words: Jim Henson

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Learn how Jim Henson’s childhood in rural Mississippi influenced his career and his passion for drawing and building things in this excerpt from the video In Their Own Words: Jim Henson. See how 12-year old Jim is drawn to the new medium of television and the art of ventriloquism, particularly that of Edgar Bergen.

Puppet Partnership | In Their Own Words: Jim Henson

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Explore the early years of Jim Henson and puppeteer Frank Oz’s unique creative partnership in this excerpt from In Their Own Words: Jim Henson. The puppeterring duo first met in 1960 when Oz was just 17-years old. Their pioneering work in early 1960s television, including the network variety series The Jimmy Dean Show, reveals the complexities of their relationship.

Fraggle Rock | In Their Own Words: Jim Henson

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See how "Fraggle Rock" introduced a new generation to Jim Henson's creations in this excerpt from In Their Own Words: Jim Henson. The fantasy film "Dark Crystal" was not a box-office success, but later became a cult classic. Technologically groundbreaking, Henson was disappointed with ticket sales, but he was really proud of the film as a piece of art.

Magic in Therapy & Education | Move to Include

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Learn from Magician, Kevin Spencer about how magic programs can be used in occupational, physical and speech therapy as well as in special education to increase dexterity, memory, focus, communication and inclusion to build skills for people with disabilities.

Visit the Move to Include collection for more resources.

ANNIE ON BROADWAY: What Do Stage Managers Do?

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Stage managers Peter Lawrence and Rachel Wolff discuss how they keep things running smoothly backstage at Annie: The Musical. Peter and Rachel also discuss the added challenge of working with a young cast.

Uncle Tom’s Cabin | The Civil War Era

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This is a reader’s theater performance of a scene from George Aiken’s 19th-century dramatization of the novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin. In this scene, the escaped slave Eliza reunites with her husband George and their friend Phineas. She recounts how she crossed the Ohio River with their child while escaping from slave hunters. Phineas warns them that the hunters are still in pursuit. Their exaggerated language and performance are characteristic of melodramas, which were popular at the time.

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