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    Musical Theatre History

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    Allison Atkenson Kevin Long Musical Theatre History December 16, 2015 Issues confronted At the start of the year my classmates and I were asked to define the true purpose of theatre. Our responses ranged from “a combination of song and spectacle” to “emotions communicated through spoken word, music, and movement.” But overall, we concluded it was an art form that was meant to both teach and entertain. Musical theatre has and will likely forever remain a vehicle to discuss societal issues and controversial topics. Furthermore, musical theatre has evolved a long way from some of its earliest beginnings, Minstrel shows: a form in which burnt cork was applied to the face in mock of African Americans. This “black face” was an attempt to conform…

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    Victor Herbert (1859-1924). At age 19 he had played as a cellist with every major orchestra in Germany. He was one of the greatest influences on American theater, bringing it from vaudeville to more operatic, story-based works. His first composition which showed he was a reputable composer was his Suite for Cello and Orchestra, Op.3. Herbert’s works were known for their mix of European Romanticism and American Tradition. He also worked as the composer of the first original background film score…

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    My Place The seats are filled, my mic is on, let’s do this! Stepping into the light I open my mouth to let the music flow out. I see it bounce off the walls while I belt out the notes. This is the my favorite place in the world, it has been since I was a little girl. This is the place where I learned that the stage was the place for me. Imagine a little girl who knows nothing about musical theater. Her aunt takes her to see a musical one brisk fall evening. The air is crisp and cool and the…

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    Being Black and Pursuing Musical Theatre Imagine yourself in kindergarten and having your teacher ask you “What do you want to be when you grow up”? From a young age, my answer was always different each time someone asked me about my potential career. I wanted to be a professional dancer, a hair stylist, an author, and so much more. As I grew older, I discovered a career where I could be all of these things onstage. I was twelve when I first introduced the idea of pursuing musical theatre in…

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    There is a line in the musical Spamalot where Sir Robin sings to King Arthur; “In any great adventure, if you don 't want to lose ... you won 't succeed on Broadway if you don 't have any Jews!" (PBS, Broadway Musicals). If you can look past the sweeping generalization, Sir Robin’s surprising lyric turns out to be very true about musicals. Historians have recognized that Jewish immigrant culture heavily influenced the content of musical theatre when it was popularized in America during the early…

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    I have always had a love of the arts, but it wasn't until I was a munchkin in The Wizard of Oz that I knew I wanted to be an actor. Up until that point, I had just wanted to sing, but being up on that stage made me want to do musicals for the rest of my life. But what really made me want to pursue musical theatre was that it has been the only way for me to truly express my emotions. When I was younger, I was made fun of as a little kid. So when I was in the Sound of Music, I was surrounded by a…

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    rising art form in popular culture today is none other than the American musical theatre. An array of factors have emerged and collided over the past decade to bring what was once a niche staple of American culture to the forefront of the media and culture around the world. The sum of an evolving variety of music genres within the form, an increased interest and engagement by A and B list celebrities, an increasingly globalized Western culture, among other influences have allowed for the growth…

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    Musicals “And I said to myself sit down, sit down you’re rocking the boat” ~Guys and Dolls Musicals. When you hear the word, you might think of Broadway or New York City, big performances with a standing ovation. This is all true but let me take you behind the curtain to learn about how a Broadway Musical comes to be. The first thing when making a Broadway Musical is writing. The writer, composer, and lyricist usually work together, usually the writer makes a rough draft of the story and then…

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    the most powerful gifts God can give—the ability to influence.”. Theatre influences emotions in a person's’ heart. It can be by the costumes, lighting, music, storyline, or the characters; the ability to change someone’s perspective or emotions through acting is an extraordinary thing, The career of a musical theatre performer is an extraordinary adventure because of it’s ability to change someone’s view and emotions. The ability to influence not through just words alone, but through the power…

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    Thank you for your consideration in reference to the above position. I had the privilege of visiting American University last year. My visit was a wonderful experience and I am convinced I could contribute greatly to the education of the musical theatre students. For ten years I have coached musical theatre students in the university environment. My expertise is in vocal training in multiple musical theatre styles, including, legit, pop, jazz, musical theatre traditional and contemporary/pop.…

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