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Bringing a Theatrical Work to Television

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This segment shows preparation for a KET taping of a Stage One production of The Wind in the Willows. Included are technical preparations such as stringing cable and setting cameras and interviews with the lighting designer, audio supervisors, and director.

Theater Warm-Up Games | Ford's Theatre

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Energize your class for learning and performance! These games and vocal warm-ups get your students moving, thinking creatively and working together.

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.

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.

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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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.

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 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.

The Rehearsal Process: Heartbreak House

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Producing Director Jon Jory and Dramaturg Michael Dixon, formerly of Actors Theatre of Louisville, open the segment with a discussion of playwright George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) and his play Heartbreak House. Then, actors in the Actors Theatre production of the play read a scene, rehearse it, discuss character development and motivation, and perform the scene in costume and on the set.

Female Student's Winning Solo

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In her winning performance featured in this video from Broadway or Bust, Elizabeth Romero combines musical and dramatic elements in a way that makes her performance compelling. Although the song “Disneyland” from the musical Smile is not long, the performer gives a full sense of the character’s journey and what is important to that character.

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 | 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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Twelfth Night: Dramatic Dialogue Workshop | Shakespeare in the Schools

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This workshop is an introduction to how actors build characters and relationships, transforming the written words to actions and presence on stage. Students will explore Shakespeare’s use of words, rhythms, and language in Twelfth Night through activities that exercise vocal acting skills. This resource contains a Short Video with the actors discussing this topic, an example in the Full Workshop Video, an Excerpts Video containing examples from the full play, and a walk through in the Lesson Plan.

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