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September 25, 2009

Related shows or resources: Rent School Edition
Scaffolding for RENT
I'll be directing Rent in Brooklyn and wanted to know how I go about renting scaffolding for sets. Does anyone have any idea about how a process like that works?
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September 21, 2009

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

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

Related shows or resources: Disney's Alice in Wonderland JR.
I'm Directing This Musical...Help Appreciated
My school is very excited to put on Disney's Alice in Wonderland Jr. this November. As director, my biggest concern is set design, especially the rabbit hole and the shrinking/growing Alice. Any suggestions are greatly appreciated!
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September 01, 2009

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

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

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

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

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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Related shows or resources: Pippin
Pippin
Hello All,Does anyone have any ideas of how to make the final fire scene happen in Pippin? Its suppose to be a fire box style magic trick, but Im wondering if anyone has been able to pull off this scene using something else. I have a nice size budget for the show but I would perfer not using the money renting or purchasing a high-end magic trick.d
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