Category Archives: Theatre

MY DAY: Students journeying through the performing arts

This is my busiest time of the year in the studio. The studio is busy with 90% of my 57 private students (four new students will begin this week, too) are preparing for big moments, many of which for my … Continue reading

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IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Town Hall Theatre’s INTO THE WOODS, JR

Wow! Wow! Wow! I’ve seen many excellent children’s theatre productions over the years at Washington Township’s Town Hall Theate, however, INTO THE WOODS, JR seems to have taken the prize.  Outstanding! Jackie Darnell, one of my Fairmont HS kiddoes, directed … Continue reading

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MIAGD: September Song

MIAGD: Make it a great day Around 1984 I first heard Kurt Weill (composer) and Maxwell Anderson’s (lyricist) beautiful song, “September Song,”  while spending time with my directing mentor, Joshua Logan. Mr. Logan directed the original 1938 Broadway production, KNICKERBOCKER … Continue reading

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IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Dayton Old Case Files

Saturday evening, August 4, I attended Dayton’s Old Case Files sponsored by Dayton’s very own Carillon Park and Dayton History. Outstanding!  Terribly fun! Upon arrival, my former student, Laura Jacobs, and I, attending to see my student, Tommy Cole, and … Continue reading

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IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Lady America & The Ball State University Singers

While growing up in Central Indiana I always attended the spring event, SPECTACULAR, a dynamic, two-hour theme park style concert presented by the internationally known, Ball State University Singers. Several times, I heard the theme song in the medley, “Lady … Continue reading

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IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Olivia de Havilland

Happy birthday to the legendary actress, Miss Olivia de Havilland who turned 102 years old today. Ms. de Havilland is the last surviving cast member of GONE WITH THE WIND in which she portrayed Melanie Hamilton Wilkes. This lovely woman … Continue reading

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OF INTEREST: 25 Special Advantages the Theatre Major Has – (and may not even know!)

An interesting and important list:  25 Life Skills learned in Theatre By Dr. Louis E. Catron Here’s a list of twenty-five skills, traits, and qualities of personality that are usually well-developed in individuals who complete four years of undergraduate theatre study. … Continue reading

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SPOTLIGHT: A visit to Salzburg

Friday night I got to see one of my favorite musicals on stage at The Schuster Center, THE SOUND OF MUSIC. This is one of those musicals that can either too dramatic that it feels like painful constipation or too … Continue reading

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SPOTLIGHT: Oscar Nominated Shorts

This afternoon, Nicole and Ian Melin and I watched the Oscar-nominated live action and short animated features. What a great collection of movies. The 2018 nominees for Best Short Live Action Film: DeKALB ELEMENTARY MY NEPHEW EMMET THE SILENT CHILD … Continue reading

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SPOTLIGHT: Dayton Theatre Guild’s STELLA AND LOU

All I knew about Bruce Graham’s drama, STELLA AND LOU, was that television great, Rhea Perlman starred in the original 2013 Northlight Theatre production in Skokie, Illinois.  My reason for going to see Dayton Theatre Guild‘s production was to watch … Continue reading

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SPOTLIGHT: Muse Machine’s HELLO, DOLLY!

As the song goes, “there’s no blue Monday in your Sunday clothes” and let me tell you this was no blue Monday after seeing Muse Machine’s production, HELLO, DOLLY, this weekend. I was proud of my students Tommy Cole as … Continue reading

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SPOTLIGHT: THE POST

Thursday night, Mark Monroe and I went to The Greene to watch the newly released, THE POST, a political drama set in the early 1970s starring Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, Sarah Paulson, Bob Odenkirk, Tracy Letts, Bradley Whitford, Bruce Greenwood, … Continue reading

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SPOTLIGHT: DARKEST HOUR (movie)

Tell the story. As a passionate history student and a writer, I often find myself in conflict with this command. “But, it happened in so many years…” “These two characters never shared a conversation!” [or did they?] And so goes … Continue reading

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SPOTLIGHT: A journey through Legendale

WATCH: The Human Race Theatre Company: LEGENDALE begins. I took a journey through Legendale. And, I really want to go back. My friend, Bill Impson, will be taking his sixth journey through Legendale this afternoon. I am very jealous. Legendale? … Continue reading

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MIAGD: The Deck

MIAGD: Make it a great day It’s a warm, lovely day. I spent the morning attending to a few things around the house before breakfasting on the deck while the dogs guarded the premises against squirrels and rabbits.  By 10:30 … Continue reading

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SPOTLIGHT: There’s No Business Like Show Business….

There’s no business like show business Like no business I know Everything about it is appealing, Everything that traffic will allow Nowhere could you get that happy feeling When you are stealing that extra bow. There’s no people like show … Continue reading

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MY DAY: Sunday…. and we’re off….

It’s 10:25 PM, Sunday night, and my day that began at 1:00 PM is finally complete. I love these long days exhausting though they can be at times.  Once I get started the momentum only increases.  By 9:00 PM I … Continue reading

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SPOTLIGHT: Tell The Story (Diction on stage)

MIAGD: Make it a great day …TELL…       …THE…       …STORY… That’s the most important thing we do as musicians, actors, dancers, sculptors, painters, poets, authors and all the components of the performing and fine arts. … Continue reading

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MY DAY: Saturday of Seuss & Spaghetti

It’s nearing 7:00 PM and despite the sadness of last night, I can say this has been a beautiful day. I putzed around my study most of the morning, accomplishing precious little, but I can say I managed to get … Continue reading

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MIAGD: “September Song”

MIAGD: Make it a great day September Song (sung by Willie Nelson) is generally the first thing to cross my mind every year on September 1.  In fact, it sticks to me most of August 31. I was introduced to this … Continue reading

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CAROUSEL

I fell asleep and woke at 2:00am. Let the dogs out to potty and discovered PBS is playing Live at Lincoln Center: CAROUSEL, starring Kelli O’Hara, Nathan Gunn, Jason Danieley, and Stephanie Blythe. So impressive.  The voices are incredible.  The … Continue reading

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SWEENEY TODD at Centerville High School

Normally, when I see a production, by the end of Act One I already know what I am going to write in my blog assessment. Last night, I went to see Centerville High School’s production, SWEENEY TODD, with my son, … Continue reading

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Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious

In 1997, when I was in New York City casting/directing THE WIZARD OF OZ, the producer wanted me to see Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST on Broadway.  Ugh.  For me, the very idea sounded like Chucky Cheese with music. I … Continue reading

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Hold On

One of my favorite moments in the musical, THE SECRET GARDEN, is when Mary Lennox confronts Dr. Craven, and is told she will be sent away.  Martha, a chamber maid at Misselthwaite Manor, encourages Mary to ‘hold on.’ It’s a wonderful … Continue reading

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Gearing Up For The Weekend…

This week has been relatively quiet, even mundane.  I completed a good deal of writing, and research, created more meals in the crock pot, taught three new students, and watched several movies with Quintin. Tonight, we will see one of … Continue reading

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