Category Archives: Acting

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: 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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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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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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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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Wright State presents 1913: THE GREAT DAYTON FLOOD

Next month, Dayton will celebrate the centennial of the greatest natural disaster to hit Ohio – the great Dayton flood of 1913.  I’ve read the stories.  I’ve watched documentaries.  I’ve looked through countless pictures.  I’ve walked along downtown streets to … Continue reading

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Just Another Week…

This has been a good week, but an ordinary one in many respects. A great week of lessons with six new students… Tons of reading and research Basic house cleaning items 63-degree weather one day, 22-degrees the next day a … Continue reading

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AVENUE Q: Centerville High School Style

“Theatre demands different muscles and different aspects of one’s personality.” ― Victor Garber After about ten minutes into each theatrical production at Centerville High School, I tend to forget I am watching high school students – not college or professional – performing, … Continue reading

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LINCOLN: my reaction

I felt like a kid, tonight.  In fact, it felt like I had the excitement of all my birthdays and Christmases all combined. Quintin and I met Brian Pollock at The Greene to watch the movie I’ve waited several years … Continue reading

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The Hounds of Spring

[Hit the play button on HOUNDS OF SPRING; listen as you read, and then, sit back and enjoy this fantastic piece of band literature by Alfred Reed.] A beautiful day it is!  It is only 50-degrees this tenth day of … Continue reading

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Theatrical Structure Explained

Producer: Leaps Tall Buildings In A Single Bound Is More Powerful Than A Locomotive Is Faster Than A Speeding Bullet Walks On Water Gives Policy To God Director: Leaps Short Buildings In A Single Bound Is More Powerful Than A … Continue reading

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Go see JERSEY BOYS at Schuster Center

I’ve never had the opportunity to see this musical, but have always been fascinated with it.  The music is incredible, and the arrangements for the musical are invigorating! Go see it!  Enjoy it!               … Continue reading

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…The Wonderful Weekend of Rah's…

The weekend was a delightful world-wind of activity, all centered around music and friends! Friday evening after teaching, Quintin and I headed for Beavercreek High School where I served as a judge for the show choir’s invitational.  Friday was middle … Continue reading

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