Theater

Let's Tell a Story | Everyday Learning

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This brief animation shares the story of a hamster as imagined by children. Hammie is a classroom hamster that finds new opportunity when his cage door is left open. Hammie does some exploring around the classroom and ultimately sneaks into a backpack looking for food. Three different children tell the story adding new parts and passing the story to another friend. When Hammie is in the backpack, the viewer is asked to tell what happens next.

Professional Training Company Director | Drama Arts Toolkit

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John Rooney, associate director of the Professional Training Company at Actors Theatre of Louisville (ATL), describes how a professional training company prepares apprentices for theater work. The 40 ATL apprentices put on a full season of productions while receiving mentoring from theater professionals.

Our Town 1: The Way We Were

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As students explore this pivotal scene from the MASTERPIECE 2003 production of Our Town, they examine the play’s themes about legacy and memory. The Stage Manager, played by Paul Newman, reflects on what should go in the cornerstone of a new bank in Grover’s Corners, a small New Hampshire town in the early 20th century. He celebrates the value of people’s everyday lives. 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: Love and Marriage and A Good Rest.

Career Connections | Senior Vice President of Theatre Operations

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Gina Vernaci started as a temporary assistant in Cleveland’s Playhouse Square. Today, she’s the Senior VP of Theatre Operations - Playhouse Square is the second largest theatre district in the country. Hear her fascinating story.

“Disgraced” Explores Identity and Islam in America

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See how theater can help tackle tough questions about Muslim-American identity with this video and educational materials from PBS NewsHour from October 30, 2014.

Henry Clay: The Mendenhall Incident | Drama Based on Historical Characters

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In this video George McGee, a drama professor at Georgetown College and a Kentucky Humanities Council Chautauqua performer, performs a monologue scene as 19th-century Kentucky statesman Henry Clay. In this scene, Clay discusses his stand on slavery, a stance that was both politically and personally troubling to him.

Staging Historical Drama: As It Is In Heaven

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This segment offers a behind-the-scenes look as the University of Kentucky Theatre Department prepares for a production of As It Is in Heaven, a play by Arlene Hutton about Shaker women at Pleasant Hill, Kentucky, in the 1830s. In the segment, actors rehearse, and director Rhoda Gail Pollock and others discuss the challenges of portraying history onstage, how they work with others in the production, and how theater connects an audience with the past.

Roméo et Juliette | The Metropolitan Opera

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Shakespeare’s Roméo and Juliet is filled with some of the best-known tableaux in literature: a girl on a balcony and a suitor below; a secret wedding of young lovers from rival families; a desperate plan to be together in spite of violence and exile; and a reunion in a dark tomb, where the dying hero and heroine prove that love is stronger than death. To these unforgettably romantic scenes, Charles Gounod’s operatic adaptation Roméo et Juliette adds music that is a thrilling, rapturous, and heartbreaking counterpart to the transcendent poetry of Shakespeare.

Boal | Drama Arts Toolkit

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Boal is a play written and performed by high school students from the Central Academy of Technology and Arts in Monroe, North Carolina. Boal brings a variety of social issues to the stage, focusing on racism and Islamophobia.

The play was inspired by Augusto Boal, a Brazilian theater director, writer, and politician. Boal was the founder of the Theatre of the Oppressed, a theatrical group dedicated to creating political change.

The performance was taped as part of the High School Theatre Festival during the Southeastern Theatre Conference.

Twelfth Night Act 1 Sc 3

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In this video from Penn State's School of Theatre production of Twelfth Night, Sir Toby, Olivia's uncle, and Maria, Olivia's servant, enter the scene at her lady's house. Maria warns him that Olivia is displeased with his overindulgences and criticizes Toby for bringing his friend, Sir Andrew Aguecheek, to woo Olivia.

Sir Andrew enters the scene as a bumbling fool. Maria exits. Sir Toby and Sir Andrew continue the scene by joking around when Andrew brings up the fact that Olivia does not seem to be impressed by his courting. Toby disagrees and convinces Andrew to stay one month longer.

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