Musicals!: Directing School and Community Theatre

Musicals!: Directing School and Community Theatre

by Robert M. Boland, Paul M. Argentini

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Musicals! is an illustrated sourcebook for total theatre training, emphasizing the director's role in the three main building blocks for mounting a performance: preparation, production, and performance. Boland and Argentini provide a comprehensive step-by-step theatre primer which will prove invaluable to musical directors, teachers, administrators, students, and actors.

After the initial decisions are made, specific guidelines in preparing the stage picture, holding auditions and casting, and running the gamut of rehearsals are provided. Lighting, costumes, creating sets and scenery, and safety precautions are also discussed. The musical number and choreography are analyzed and defined, and advice on how to use color and solve multiple scene problems is given.

With opening night approaching, a checklist of what must be done is enumerated and explained. The authors provide tips on publicity, running the box office, as well as the do's and don'ts of mounting the show and its final strike. Includes a glossary of theatrical terms, a selected bibliography, and recommended sources for scenic drops, costumes, and lighting equipment.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781461669975
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 09/04/1997
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 224
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

Robert M. Boland (M.F.A., Boston University) is professor emeritus of Fine Arts and Theatre at Berkshire Community College in Massachusetts.

Paul M. Argentini is a playwright, novelist, screenwriter, quondam director and actor, and free-lance writer.

Table of Contents

Part 1 Illustrations
Part 2 Foreword
Part 3 Preface
Part 4 Acknowledgments
Part 5 Introduction
Chapter 7 1. Is it Theatre?
Part 8 The Seamless Flow
Part 9 The Nature of Song
Part 10 Why the Song?
Part 11 The Joy of Talent
Chapter 12 2. Get a Script!
Part 13 List of Licensors
Part 14 The Royalty Fee
Part 15 The Rental Fee
Chapter 16 3. Making Choices
Part 17 Musical Choices
Part 18 Types of Musicals
Part 19 Choosing a Show
Chapter 20 4. Planning the Production
Part 21 Order Your Show
Part 22 Timeline
Part 23 Production Notes
Chapter 24 5. The Theatre— A Seeing Place
Part 25 The Proscenium Stage
Part 26 A Bird's-eye View
Part 27 The Stage Plot
Part 28 Blocking Defined
Part 29 Blocking Exercies
Chapter 31 6. The Prompt Book
Part 32 Make One
Part 33 The Floor Plan
Part 34 Major Notations
Part 35 Cues
Part 36 Warnings
Chapter 37 7. Beat the Script!
Part 38 Purpose of the Beat
Part 39 Identifying the Beat
Part 40 Study the Beats
Chapter 41 8. Blocking and Motivation
Part 42 Indirect Actions
Part 43 What is Blocking?
Part 44 Pre-blocking
Part 45 Blocking
Part 46 Over-blocking
Part 47 The Inner Meaning
Part 48 Ten Fundamental Stage Actions
Part 49 Weight of Stage Areas
Part 50 Blocking Examples
Chapter 51 9. The Stage Picture
Part 52 Visual Arrangements
Part 53 Five Concepts
Part 54 Weight and Balance
Part 55 Variety
Part 56 Unity and Variety
Part 57 Application
Chapter 58 10. Auditions and Casting
Part 59 Tryouts
Part 60 Double-casting
Part 61 Readings
Chapter 62 11. Beginning Rehearsals
Part 63 First Rehearsal
Part 64 The Sing-along
Part 65 Ask Questions Now
Chapter 66 12. Learning Blocking
Part 67 Summer Stock Blocking
Part 68 Repetory Blocking
Part 69 Traditional Blocking
Chapter 70 13. Conducting Rehearsals
Part 71 Give the Blocking
Part 72 Step-by-step
Part 73 Rehearsing Song Sequences
Part 74 Attention to Detail
Chapter 75 14. Rehearsal Techniques
Chapter 76 Stay Fresh
Part 77 The Musical Moment
Part 78 Focus
Part 79 The Vision of the Show
Part 80 Seeing it Happen
Part 81 The Difference
Chapter 82 15. The Musical Number
Part 83 The Purpose of a Song
Part 84 Technology and Innovation
Part 85 Defining the Show Songs
Part 86 The Atmosphere Song
Part 87 The Character Song
Part 88 The Plot Song
Part 89 The Soliloquy
Part 90 The Tempo Song
Chapter 91 16 Choreography
Part 92 Dancing Adds Meaning
Part 93 Looking Good!
Part 94 Theme and Style
Part 95 Relevant Dancing
Part 96 Essential or Atmosphere?
Part 97 Authenticity
Part 98 Do it Well
Chapter 99 17 Setting the Stage
Part 100 Inspiration
Part 101 Overdoing
Part 102 The Aesthetics
Part 103 Basic Approaches
Part 104 Suggestions for Using the Basic Approaches
Part 105 Arena Staging
Part 106 List of Suppliers
Part 107 Using Color
Part 108 General Principles
Part 109 The Future
Chapter 110 18. The Costumes
Part 111 The Process
Part 112 Borrowing
Part 113 Renting
Part 114 Costuming Realities
Part 115 Professional Hints
Part 116 Makeup
Chapter 117 19. Lighting the Show
Part 118 Characteristics of Light
Part 119 Lighting Instruments
Part 120 Techniques
Part 121 Characterisitcs of Color
Part 122 Gels
Part 123 The Cue Sheet
Chapter 125 20. Small Things Count
Part 126 What Constitutes a performance?
Part 127 Run-throughs
Part 128 Notes
Part 129 Costume Parade
Part 130 Cue-to-Cue
Part 131 Technical Rehearsal
Part 132 Dress Rehearsals
Part 133 The Stage Manager
Part 134 Opening Cues
Part 135 Little Oversights—Big Trouble
Part 136 Superstitions
Part 137 Curtain Calls
Chapter 138 21. Getting the Word Out
Part 139 Possible Methods
Part 140 The Box Office
Chapter 141 22. Mounting the Show
Part 142 Dos and Don'ts
Part 143 Safety
Part 144 Strike!
Part 145 Appendix: "Musicals! The Perfect Medicine!"
Part 146 Selected Reading List
Part 147 Glossary
Part 148 Index
Chapter 149 About the Authors

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