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September 25, 2009
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Related shows or resources: Rent
RENT - HELP - AND IT'S BEGINNING TO SNOW - ?
I AM DIRECTING A COMMUNITY THEATRE PRODUCTION OF RENT IN FEBRUARY AND CXOULD USE SOME HELP. I AM TRYING TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO MAKE IT SNOW ON STAGE. WE HAVE BAGS AND BAGS OF FAKE SNOW AVAILABLE I JUST HAVE TO GFIGURE OUT HOW TO RIG IT TO FALL EFFECTIVELY AND LOOK REAL WHILE ON STAGE. IT'S ONLY FOR TWO SEPERATE SCENES AND THE SNOW ONLY NEEDS TO FALL FOR ABOUT 2 OR THREE MINUTES. IT'S A VERY WONDERFUL EFFECT AND IT WILL BE VERY EFFECTIVE IF I CAN PULL THIS OFF CORRECTLY. i HAVE CHECKED ABOUT SNOW MACHINES AND THEY ARE TOO BIG AND LOUD AND THEIR IS NO WAY I CAN RIG THE MACHINE TO STAY UP IN THE CURTAINS ABOVE THE STAGE. DOES ANYONE KNOW HOW THEY DO THIS EFFECT ON BROADWAY IN RENT? PLEASE HELP ME I WANT TO BECOME MOTHER NATURE. EVERYTHINGS RENT-EMAIL ME NATHANRC28@YAHOO.COM IF YOU CAN REALLY HELP OR HAVE WORKED WITH ANY STAGE SNOW EQUIPMENT. ANY HELP IS MUCH APPRECIATED IN ADVANCE. THANKS, NATHAN ROSS CLEMONS
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September 21, 2009
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Related shows or resources: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
Ad Lib
hey, I was just wondering what is some of your favorite ad lib that Rona, and Panch say to the participants to the audience, I wanted to know
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September 04, 2009
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Related shows or resources: Singin' in the Rain
making it rain onstage
We are doing a show where it rains onstage, how did you make it rain on stage for the show
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September 01, 2009
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Related shows or resources: She Loves Me
Help with Synth Programming for "She Loves Me"
Getting ready to start up a production of She Loves Me, and am a bit confused about the intent of the synth patches in the two keyboard books. Does anyone have experience with this show, and have suggestions on how to approach the zillions of distinct patches required by the two books? Thanks -- Ken
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August 24, 2009
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Related shows or resources: Annie JR., Annie
Sandy in Annie
Can I use my own Pet for Sandy? Will the dog get nervous on stage?
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August 15, 2009
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Related shows or resources: Ragtime (Version 1)
Ragtime: synth programming?
Ragtime materials include 2 alternate keyboard books, to be used with a module supposedly available (separately) from Music Arts Technologies. Each of the two books we got gives a different address and contact info for this company, and neither seems to be any good.Does anybody know anything about this company, or any other available preprogrammed modules, or effective programming, for Ragtime?
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July 07, 2009
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Related shows or resources: Urinetown
Urinetown at your school?
I teach at an independent K-12 school. Our annual musical is performed by the high school but often school families will attend. I have a question for people who have done 'Urinetown'. Did you have to talk your administrators into doing the show? If so, how did you do it? How did you get them beyond the title? What was their and the school community's response to the show? Any accolades you would care to share with me?I've made a very strong case for the show, and one person is reading it. I am curious if other people have had the same problem.
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June 27, 2009
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Related shows or resources: Godspell 2012
Godspell
My group is doing Godspell in October. This time I decided to go out for the show and made the main cast, so as a person who normally does the lights, video work, special effects and helps develop sets, I'm trying to get alot of things done early since I will have songs and a script to learn. So with that I have a question that is a little more on the tech and special effects side of things.For the beginning of show I want to create what looks like something crashing into the back of the stage, we have a huge screen that comes down behind the stage. Well, at impact, not only do I want the video to have the effect of smoke, which is not an issue, but I want a good size puff of smoke to come off the back of the stage and maybe a few pieces of paper to look like it damaged something, just for effect. As a group we have 2 smoke machines, but they don't throw smoke fast enough to create this effect and make it look right. We don't have a whole lot of room to work with, the stage is only 16' by 16' and don't want to spend a fortune on something. We also couldn't really use pirotechnics, too close to the audience and during Halloween, while doing a Haunted theatre, in this theatre, our smoke machines set the fire alarm off. I am open to any ideas, whether it just be ideas that you thought of or already proven ideas that you may have done once before.Thanks for all the help.
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April 12, 2009
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Related shows or resources: Sweeney Todd School Edition
Sweeney Todd: School Edition
Is Sweeney Todd: School Edition doable in a high school setting? I've heard a lot of debate on this topic. What do you think? I'd love to do Sweeney Todd as our 2010 musical!
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April 10, 2009
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Related shows or resources: Tick, Tick... Boom!
Tick, Tick...Boom!
We are a community theatre contemplating the production of Tick, Tick...Boom!, by Jonathan Larson. Has anyone out there already produced it, or has seen it that might be able to tell me what the sets looked like in detail. The performance space we use is somewhat limited, not to mention after each weedend performance we would have to strike the set and put it back up after the sunday church services are through.(the church also uses the space) Please help! Thanks. Peter
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