Fine Arts

Fine Arts (X) - Middle (X) - Theater (X)

One Minute Theater Lesson

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Students will view an animated lesson revealing a brief history of theater.

Shakespeare: Scene from Hamlet

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Kevin Hardesty performs the famous “To be, or not to be” soliloquy from Act III, Scene I of the Shakespearean tragedy Hamlet. When the play opens, Hamlet’s father, the King of Denmark, has mysteriously died two months earlier, and the King’s brother, Claudius, has assumed the throne and married the King’s wife and Hamlet’s mother. Hamlet meets the Ghost of the dead King, who accuses Claudius of murder. Hamlet must decide the truth of the accusation and what course of action to take. Hardesty opens the segment with a brief introduction to the scene.

MN Original | Playwright Jeffrey Hatcher

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Watch: With a dry sense of humor and quick wit, Jeffrey Hatcher discusses the art and craft of writing for the stage and screen. 

Hatcher’s stage productions have premiered locally at theaters like The Illusion, Children’s Theater Company and the Guthrie Theater, while nationally his work has been seen on Broadway. Hatcher has also worked on several major motion pictures including Stage Beauty (2004), Casanova(2005), The Duchess (2008) and Mr. Holmes (2015).

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Spokane's 21st Century Fox | Local Landmark

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Spokane's Fox Theater has been "The Place to Go" since it opened in 1931. Lines formed around the block to view the latest feature and famous performers graced its stage. Even during its decline, the theater has retained its vestiges of elegance in its faded murals and dusty chandeliers. 

Threatened by demolition, the Fox survived the wrecking ball thanks to the efforts of the Spokane community. The KSPS documentary Spokane’s 21st Century Fox explores the history of the Fox Theater, from its grand opening in 1931 to the renovation process that led to the grand-reopening of the theater in 2007.

These video segments and accompanying learning guide will help students define and analyze “city” vocabulary words, research local historical landmarks, and examine the history of the Fox Theater, a significant cultural landmark in Spokane, Washington. Visit KSPS Education for additional educator resources.

ANNIE ON BROADWAY: What Does a Costume Designer Do?

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Walk in the shoes of costume designer Susan Hilferty, as she explains how she creates the fashions for Annie: The Musical. Susan discusses how being a costume designer requires a love of historical research and hands-on work, in addition to an eye for fashion design.

ANNIE ON BROADWAY: What Does a Musical Director Do?

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Musical director Todd Ellison describes how he brings to life the symphony of voices and instruments that create the beautiful music for Annie: The Musical. Todd makes sure the voices and different instruments fit together perfectly so the music sounds clear and exciting.

GPS: Music and Sound

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Maxine and Hannah caught the Omni Theater movie "STOMP: Worldbeat" at the Science Museum of Minnesota. STOMP is a musical group that finds rhythm everywhere. They make music with anything and everything from drumming barrels to sweeping brooms. STOMP not only had them tapping their feet, it inspired an important science question. Maxine and Hannah are curious: how can they make their own musical instruments from simple objects? SciGirls en Espa&ntilde:ola video version and bilingual lesson plans are available under support materials.

Dracula Takes the Stage

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Students examine the aspects of theater by learning the process used by a high school and community group to produce an original ballet based on the  Dracula character.

MN Original | Performer Timotha Lanae

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Learn how music has been a part of Timotha Lanae’s life for as long as she can remember. She wrote her first song at 7 years old and stepped into her first stage role during high school.

Since then, Lanae has appeared in theatrical productions both locally and internationally, and released a solo album that hit number one on the 2013 U.K. Soul Chart. She is currently working on her original musical, REDdington. Despite her overseas success, Lanae calls Minnesota home and continues to find creative inspiration in her home state.

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MN Original | Actress Sally Wingert

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Watch: Known for her enormous talent, robust laugh and exuberance for the Twin Cities theater community, Sally Wingert has captivated audiences for over 30 years.

While she calls Guthrie Theater home, Wingert has acted with nearly every professional theater company in the Twin Cities and has performed on Broadway and London’s West End.

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Introduction | In Their Own Words: Jim Henson

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Explore the creation of Kermit the Frog and the highlights of Muppet creator Jim Henson’s life and career in this video from In Their Own Words: Jim Henson. Henson's determination to be more than a children’s entertainer led to his foray into moviemaking and the enduring characters he created. The blockbuster premiere of “The Muppet Show” in 1976 brought Henson's dream of prime time Muppet success, a dream that began in the early years of television.

ANNIE ON BROADWAY: What Does a Director Do?

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Director James Lapine explains how Broadway shows like ANNIE: THE MUSICAL are a merger of many creative elements. James oversees all aspects of the musical, and has his hands in everything from casting to dress rehearsals. Directors may take months, or even years, to bring a production successfully to the stage.

ANNIE ON BROADWAY: What Does a Lighting Designer Do?

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Lighting designer Don Holder describes how even subtle changes in lighting can have a huge impact on the stage at Annie: The Musical. During just one show, there are hundreds of lighting cues, from an almost imperceptible dimming to effects large enough to make the audience think the seasons are changing.

ANNIE ON BROADWAY: What Does a Set Designer Do?

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Set designer David Korins explains how set design is all about storytelling. Using physical models, technical drawings, and imaginative descriptions, he walks through the vision for Annie: The Musical, set in New York City in the 1930s.

ANNIE ON BROADWAY: What Does a Sound Designer Do?

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Brian Ronan talks about what it takes to make the music to ANNIE: THE MUSICAL sound great. He talks about hiding microphones in wigs and designing theaters to get the best sound quality.

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