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DIY: How to Walk a Tightrope

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In this presentation, Big Apple Circus performer Sara Schwarz shows students interested in the art of tightrope walking how to get started. She discusses daily routines, balance-optimizing exercises, the physics involved in successfully walking the tightrope, and the dedication required to master this art.

Ruth Zaporah: Improvisational Theater

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Ruth Zaporah's improvisational acting technique is known as "Action Theater," and it encourages freedom of movement, language and mind in improvisation.

Noh Theater

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Noh Theater is a form of Japanese drama performed in masks and costumes. Noh performances are traditionally all day and feature a play from each of the five categories; God, Warrior, Woman, Deranged, and Demon. Each category has a specific mask and costume.

The shite performs the main role. The waki plays supporting roles. And the kyogen kata role is to explain the play to the audience.

Noh plays are performed on a square stage with four pillars at its corners and a simple pine tree painted on the back of the stage. A chorus of up to eight members sits at the right side of the stage and the instrumentalists sit at the back of the stage.

Playwriting: Marsha Norman

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Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Marsha Norman tells how and why she began writing plays and describes advice she received from Actors Theatre of Louisville Producing Director Jon Jory. Theater critic William B. Mootz and Norman talk about her first play, Getting Out, and its opening night.

History of Theater

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Instructor Elizabeth Jewell discusses the history of theater from ancient Greece to the 20th century. She covers the Greek development of the stage, the Roman contribution of pantomime, the processionals of the Middle Ages, commedia dell’arte, Shakespeare, 17th century French comedy, and the contributions of Henrik Ibsen and Anton Chekhov to the modernization of theater.

MN Original | SpotLight Showcase

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Explore how Hennepin Theatre Trust’s SpotLight Musical Theatre Program serves students from more than 60 Minnesota high schools through in-school workshops, formal evaluations and an annual award program called the SpotLight Showcase.

At the showcase, schools are recognized for their achievements from the year and select students perform music and choreography. The Triple Threat Award further recognizes two students, one male and one female, who excel in all aspects of performance but also demonstrate leadership and community building.

For more MN Original resources, click here.

Sesame Street | In Their Own Words: Jim Henson

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See how the formation of The Children’s Television Workshop in 1966 launched Sesame Street in this video excerpt from In Their Own Words: Jim Henson. Led by Joan Ganz Cooney, The Children's Television Workshop was born amid social upheaval. Henson joined the CTW’s “Sesame Street” though he was reluctant to be lableled a little kid's producer. The show was a huge success.

Kermit’s Legacy | In Their Own Words: Jim Henson

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See how the legacy of the Muppets lives on after Jim Henson's death in 1990 in this excerpt from In Their Own Words: Jim Henson. After Henson's death, his family and colleagues agree to continue their life’s work with the Muppets. An emotional Muppets TV special airs six months after Jim’s death.

The Boy Who Loved to Read | A World of Stories

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Storyteller Carrie Sue Ayvar tells a Mexican folktale about a boy whose ability to read enables him to outwit the devil. The story is told in a combination of English and Spanish.

This resource is part of the KET A World of Stories and Exploraciones collections.

One Man’s Luck | A World of Stories

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Storyteller Dan Keding tells an ironic tale about a farmer who discovers a way to change his bad luck, only to arouse the suspicion of a wealthy neighbor.

This resource is part of the KET A World of Stories collection.

ANNIE ON BROADWAY: What Does a Hair & Wig Designer Do?

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Hair & wig designer Tom Watson discusses how he creates wigs for the actors in the popular styles of the 1930s for ANNIE: THE MUSICAL. Tom explains how the wigs are made to look natural by being custom-fit for each actor, stitched by hand, and made from real human hair.

DIY: How to Make a Clown Face

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In this video, Big Apple Circus clown Glen Heroy advises students on the development of their own clown faces. He discusses the important of research, knowing your own face, and makeup to the creation of a clown face.

The Role of the Arts

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The North Dakota Council on the Arts is a wonderful organization that provides funding to various arts groups and artists throughout the state. The story examines how arts impact areas such as quality of life, economic development and well being in a community. Come along now as we travel to Wahpeton, New Town, Watford City, Langdon and Jamestown to see the impact the organization is having on our state.

The Big Leagues | Georgia Stories

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When people think of film making, they normally think of Hollywood, however, Atlanta is has become a prominent area for the filming of movies and television programs. Atlanta has grown from small railroad town to a bustling metropolis. No matter what you are looking for you can find it there: sports, TV, news, arts, entertainment, music. Atlanta has them all.

116: Modern Georgia, Part I | Georgia Stories

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Life in Georgia has changed drastically in the past 60 years. What kids did to pass the time in the 1950s doesn't look like how kids relax today. But the ideas and emotions are the same. It is all still modern Georgia. This episode looks at how childhood activities have changed in the past 60 years, Atlanta's 60 plus year love of baseball, and, more, recently, how three Georgia kids became part of the state's growing movie industry.

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