Casting Musicals: Amatuer Theatre

This month we’re going to follow up on a post I made all the way back in April of this year, where I discussed casting in an educational setting.  This post is meant to refer mostly to community theatre performed mostly by a fleet of volunteers, though as always feel free to adapt the ideas to your specific situation (or refer to my earlier article if you are working in education).  Let’s dive right in!

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Orchestrating a New Musical: Setup

This post is the first part of a new series that I will be starting on this blog called Orchestrating a New Musical.  We’ll begin today with the Setup, and continue on in the future with the various parts of the Process itself, and finish up with all of the details surrounding Distribution and Logistics.

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Vocal Arranging for New Musicals

This month we’re going to take a look at the task of vocal arranging specifically as it pertains to new musicals.  We’ll examine both the nuts and bolts of vocal arranging, as well as the more abstract concepts that one must be aware of when working in such a unique environment.  Let’s dive right in!

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Spotlight On The Last Five Years

This month I’m going to explore The Last Five Years from the perspective of the music director.  This is the first in a long-running series focusing on repertoire musicals from the viewpoint of the person behind the piano, providing context, casting tips, advice, and general knowledge for future music directors of these shows (or for those that are just curious).  Let’s dive right in!

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