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The Great Gilly Hopkins

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J. Daniel Herring of Stage One sets up two scenes from Stage One’s production of The Great Gilly Hopkins. In addition, he discusses acting and ways in which characters must transform in the course of a play. The scenes show the changes in the behavior and feelings of Gilly, a teenage girl, and her foster mother, Maime Trotter.

Frankenstein

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J. Daniel Herring of Stage One sets up the closing scene from the Stage One production of Frankenstein with comments on how lighting, set, and sound create important effects in production. In the scene, Victor Frankenstein realizes he must take responsibility for creating the monster, even at the highest personal cost.

American Musical Theater: The Glass Christmas Tree

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This is a scene from a holiday musical written by Billy Edd Wheeler and Ewel Cornett. In the play, photographer Lewis Hine uses his camera in a glass factory to help the children who work there. In this scene, the children sneak into the factory at night and encounter Hine, who explains what he is trying to do. The children sing “Pitiful.” This segment was taken from a performance by Stage One young people’s theater.

La Llorona | A World of Stories

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Florida-based storyteller Carrie Sue Ayvar tells a Mexican folktale about a mourning mother whose spirit is forever in search of her dead children. The story is told in a combination of Spanish and English.

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

Eddie Murphy's Acceptance Speech | Mark Twain Prize

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From the stage of The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC, a lineup of the biggest names in comedy honored the 18th recipient of the humor prize, Eddie Murphy. In this clip, Eddie Murphy jokes that the name of the Mark Twain Prize should be clarified. 

The Two Warriors | A World of Stories

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Storyteller Dan Keding tells the tale of the last two warriors on the battlefield who make a connection through sharing their life stories that changes the course of their fighting.

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

Fox Theatre | Fast Forward Launch Pad

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What makes the fabulous Fox Theatre so fabulous? Great question! And that’s just what we ask the folks who work at the Fox. They answer by giving us an exclusive backstage tour, as well as an on-stage tour, and even an under-the-stage tour. And we tell the “theatrical” story as you’d expect—in 3 acts. By the way, it turns out that part of what makes the Fox so fabulous is their air-conditioning system and their LED lights.

'Breaking Bad' Star Bryan Cranston Steps into LBJ’s Shoes on Broadway

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Actor Bryan Cranston is best known for his role on the hit AMC drama, Breaking Bad. But he also played President Lyndon B. Johnson in the Broadway show, All the Way. Help students analyze the arts with this PBS NewsHour video and educational materials from May 5, 2014.  For further background and materials to support student understanding of the issue see the Teacher’s Guide, Student Handout, and Informational Text in Support Materials.

Rae Goodwin | Muse Moments

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Rae Goodwin is a performance and installation artist inspired by grandmothers and their relationships to our lives and community.

John Leguizamo's Tales From a Ghetto Klown - An Actor's Life

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Is an actor’s life really what we perceive it to be? In this activity students identify popular notions of an actor’s life and compare it with the artistic process demonstrated by John Leguizamo in the development of his one-man show, Ghetto Klown. Students then identify how the process of creativity, revision and practice relates to their own academic development.

MN Original | Minnesota Fringe Festival

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For more than two decades, the Minnesota Fringe Festival has given performers of all abilities and experience levels the chance to produce their own work and perform in front of an audience. Learn how the festival draws record level crowds with their eclectic offerings and create your own.

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MN Original | Musical Mondays Cabaret Show

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Performers from the Twin Cities theater scene sing at Musical Mondays at Hell’s Kitchen, the monthly cabaret series in Minneapolis. Learn about cabaret style performances and the way they facilitate non-traditional performers and performances. 

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Rare Plays with Shotgun Players: Theater

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Persistence has finally paid off for the East Bay's Shotgun Players. After more than a decade of being nomads, the theater ensemble finally has a more permanent home with a 35-year lease on their space on Berkeley's busy Ashby Avenue. Spark checks in on this grassroots troupe as they rehearse for a production of French existentialist Albert Camus's "Les Justes" (1949).

Combinatory Play: Pablo Helguera | The Art Assignment

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This week we meet Pablo Helguera, an artist, museum educator, and writer, at the Indianapolis stop of his Spanish language bookstore Librería Donceles. His assignment challenges you to give old books new lives through combinatory play.

Our Town 2: Love and Marriage

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Students examine the meaning of marriage and the role it plays in civilization in this scene from the MASTERPIECE 2003 production of the play, Our Town. The Stage Manager (played by Paul Newman) delivers a brief sermon just before the marriage of Emily and George, the two youthful protagonists of the play. The Stage Manager acknowledges that marriage is considered a sacrament by some, yet it can also cause confusion and uncertainty. See Teaching Tips for how to use the video in the classroom. This resource, aimed at ELA and drama teachers, is part of the MASTERPIECE Collection and accompanies other resources from Our Town: The Way We Were and A Good Rest.

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