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Gershwin

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Track Listing:

1.   Strike up the Band 2'44
       (arr. John Green)
       Boston Pops Orchestra/John Williams

2.   Rhapsody in Blue 16'14
       (orchestrated by Ferde Grofe)
       Leonard Bernstein, Piano and Conductor
       Columbia Symphony Orchestra

3.   Prelude No. 1 1'24
       (arr. Irwin Kostal)
       Katia & Marielle Labeque, Pianos

In Search of Shakespeare

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PBS resource for teaching Shakespeare in the Classroom.

Acting in Vocal Performance

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A young performer is preparing a well-known and challenging song in this video adapted from Broadway or Bust. She works with a coach to find a successful way to connect to the song and accommodate her type of voice and temperament. He suggests specific ideas to think about while singing and uses a scene partner to help her build the interpretation.

Appleseed John: Ragdoll-Come-to-Life

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This segment shows a scene from a play set in the 1820s. The play follows Abby, a young girl growing up in the American frontier. In this scene, Abby and her favorite rag doll meet John Chapman, better known as “Appleseed John,” and his companion, Pakanke. Chapman is grouchy and suspicious at first, but both he and Pakanke respond positively to her “rag-doll-come-to-life.” The fun is soon squelched when Abby talks about clearing the land.

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.

First Night

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This scene is from a one-woman play called Liz’s Circus Story. The play is based on a young woman’s experience working for a small traveling circus. In this scene, with the circus’ first performance just hours away, Liz plans the order of the acts, recounting the difficulties the circus has faced getting off the ground.

The Tailor | A World of Stories

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Megan Hicks uses origami and storytelling to celebrate the ingenuity of a grandmother who reuses a piece of fabric in a number of beautiful ways.

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

Studio to Stage | Drama Arts Toolkit

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Lyndy Franklin Smith, artistic director of the Lexington Theater Company, explains how a production goes from studio to the stage, beginning with music, then moving to choreography, rehearsals, and blocking. She describes the adjustments made as they move to rehearsing on stage at the Lexington Opera House.

Behind the Scenes of a Theater Company | Drama Arts Toolkit

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With a behind the scenes look at the production of Mary Poppins, Jeromy Smith and Lyndy Franklin Smith, founders of the Lexington Theatre Company, describe their partnership, goals, and how they put a show together. Jeromy explains the factors that affect their choice of plays to perform. Lyndy details how a production comes together over the course of three weeks. The collegiate ensemble rehearses music and choreography in a four-day boot camp, then the professional actors join the cast. After almost two weeks of rehearsals, costume fittings, set design, and technical adjustments, the production is ready for opening night.

Beijing Opera Dance | Beauty of Jasmine

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This performance by students in the Lexington (Kentucky) Chinese Music, Dance, and Arts program pays tribute to the rich pageantry of Beijing Opera. Beijing Opera is a uniquely Chinese form of theater that combines colorful costuming, elaborate face painting and masks, music, mime, dance, acrobatics, and stylized combat. This resource is part of the Beauty of Jasmine collection.

 

A Brand New Circus

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This segment is the opening to Liz’s Circus Story, a one-woman play about a young woman’s experiences working for a small traveling circus. The play is based on a true story. In this segment, “A Brand New Circus,” Liz introduces the circus and her own dream of becoming an actor.

Little Jack and Big Jack

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Roadside Theater performs a humorous Appalachian tale about Little Jack, who saves his brother, Big Jack, by outwitting the King. This is a classic “Jack Tale” featuring a universal character who can be found in the tales of many countries (e.g., the English Jack, the German Hans, John in African-American stories, and Ivan in Russia). The story is also an example of group storytelling.

Wind in the Willows: The Motor Car

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In this excerpt from the Stage One adaptation of the children’s classic The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame, Toad, Otter, Mole, and Rat go for a picnic at the high road. When they see an automobile, most of the animals are frightened, but Toad is fascinated. The next thing you know he has “gone wild for motorcars,” and his friends suspect that it can only mean trouble.

Fine Arts and the Common Core

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Ideas and resources for teaching the Fine Arts aligned with Common Core State Standards.

Wind in the Willows: Toad and His Horse

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In this excerpt from Stage One’s adaptation of The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame, Toad fantasizes about owning a horse, eliciting a variety of reactions from his forest friends Otter, Mole, and Rat.

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