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Sunday, April 09, 2017

NFTRW Weekly Top Five

Here are the top five posts of the past week:

10 Tips For A Perfect Quick Change

Theatre Nerds: Part of the magic of putting on a big Broadway-style musical are the performers coming offstage and onstage at lightning speed with a change in costume. However, accomplishing a costume quick change is no easy task. Here are some tips so you can pull off one just like the Broadway pros do

Why Authoritarians Attack the Arts

The New York Times: In 1937, ascending leaders of the Third Reich hosted two art exhibitions in Munich. One, the “Great German Art Exhibition,” featured art Adolf Hitler deemed acceptable and reflective of an ideal Aryan society: representational, featuring blond people in heroic poses and pastoral landscapes of the German countryside. The other featured what Hitler and his followers referred to as “degenerate art”: work that was modern or abstract, and art produced by people disavowed by Nazis — Jewish people, Communists, or those suspected of being one or the other.

History Of Ballet Costumes Video

New York City Ballet: If there's one thing you can do for yourself (or with someone else) that's not only pleasing to the eye, but good for the soul, it's treating yourself to a night at the ballet. Save for nights like prom, a wedding, or, say, the Met Gala, there's nothing quite like getting dressed up for a night of dance at NYC's Lincoln Center.

The Need for Cultivating Theatre Critics of Color

HowlRound: A theatre practitioner of color realizes early on that there are several gatekeepers in any institution. A gatekeeper can be defined as a person who controls the creative processes or hiring in a company. An artistic director chooses the plays produced, and the directors to pair with them, while a casting director decides which actors are employed on the stage. These are obvious examples, but there is another sort of gatekeeper whose influence heavily determines who works in theatre, which shows sell out or flounder, and even who gets funding. These individuals are known as theatre critics.

Parents who censor high school theater are morons

New York Post: The terrific 1972 musical “Pippin” begins with a call from a charismatic leading player to “join us.” What ensues is a wild, funny, inclusive coming-of-age story about the son of Charlemagne, with a score by Stephen Schwartz, the composer of other excellent titles like “Wicked” and “Godspell.”

But, according to a report in the Cape May County Herald, a group of 140 community members in Middle Township, NJ, would like you to join them — against this harmless musical.

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