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Teachable Moment: Chroma Key | Fast Forward

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Also known as “Green Screen,” Chroma Key isn’t just used by TV weather people. It’s also a great tool for creating special effects in movies and television shows.

Fox Theatre | Fast Forward

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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, both of which we cover in our Teachable Moments.

A Raisin in the Sun Revisited: Chapter 1

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The Show Opening provides a summary overview of the program: how three potent plays, A Raisin in the SunClybourne Park and Beneatha’s Place, all advance the discussion of race in America. It alludes to how America has changed – and not changed – when it comes to this highly charged issue. Author Kwame Kwei-Armah talks about the enormity of what they are about to do and why he wrote Beneatha’s Place to add to the conversation initiated by Clybourne Park and how he identifies with Beneatha’s character from Raisin in the Sun and her intellectual fascination with the emerging African independence movement.

Ledoh Salt Farm: Performance Art (Butoh)

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In this Spark video produced by KQED, the dancers of the Salt Farm Butoh Dance Company and their artistic director Ledoh work on a new piece called "River of Sand," an exploration of Ledoh's birthplace, Burma. As participants in the HCA's resident artist program, the Salt Farm members have been working on the costuming, set design, lights and music and sharing the activities of their daily lives.  

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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