Category Archives: Theater and Drama


The act of telling stories has been with us for thousands of years across all cultures and divides,the one thing we all have in common is the need to tell and hear stories. In the past stories were used to record the history and traditions of the tribe or group this would help to bond

Theater Musical Showtunes Theatrical Performance Live

Musical theater is a very special art form and it appeals to different people in many different ways. Because of this variability, rating individual musicals can hardly be objective by any means, even if selection criteria are consistent. Furthermore, selection criteria of musicals can be very different than typical selection criteria for other forms of

How to Create a Rehearsal Schedule for a Musical Play

One of the aspects of musical direction that is often left to chance is the rehearsal schedule. Too often I have seen directors work Act I to death and then try to play catch up later on with Act II. Nothing is more frustrating to actors than that! I use an eight week schedule with

Canadian Theatre in the 1990s

I saw my first professional live theatre production in the summer of 1996, and by the summer of 2000 I had brought over half a dozen world premiers to the stage, worked in theatres large and small, and was well on my way to my life’s work and passion. It’s also the time when Canadian


Hairspray is a musical which has become popular recently following the smash hit movie staring John Travolta. It has been on Broadway and is currently enjoying a successful run on the West End in London which is where we went to see it last month. For those of you who don’t know the storyline, Hairspray


Chicago the musical is currently running at the Cambridge Theatre in London. I was lucky enough to go and see the show a few weeks ago. Having seen the film version many times and loving all the songs I was really excited about seeing it live on stage. For those of you not familiar with

Becoming a Great Actor

Observing what makes a great professional actor is much like looking at what makes a great house. We observe his talent before anything else like a great coat of paint or bright red door. But when a crew of carpenters look at a house, they will see very different things than a office worker on

Preparing for an Audition Directors Perspective

I thought today I’d tell you a bit about casting a show from my perspective, sitting in the director’s chair. Casting is the most important, most misunderstood and most frustrating part of any show (and also among the most enjoyable!). Getting the right people for the right roles is part art, part science, part faith,

Reality of Show Biz

Having experience in the performing arts field, I have observed that it is quite a roller coaster of ups, downs, encouragement, discouragement, rejection, acceptance, and countless other emotive variables. Vast numbers of people accent the “show” part of entertainment and completely ignore the “business” portion of the title. In a way, most acting agencies approach

Should a Script be Changed to Suit an Audience – Yes

Yes! A script should be changed to suit the audience. There are many different audience types, and styles, and each needs their own selected role,or plot in a script. If the script is written where many ideas could come from it, then it should, and must be changed to suit the audience that will be

Federal Theatre Project Wpa House un American Activities Committee the Cradle will Rock

“The theatre, when its good, is always dangerous” Hallie Flanagan The stock market crash of ’29 caused a drop in employment and hope the likes of which the country had never see before. Millions of jobs were lost in every industry, including theatre. Equity estimated that over 8,000 actors were out of work, plus the

At Lincoln Center some Dreams come True

One place I have gone to so often down in Manhattan is Lincoln Center. It is one of the best places for the performing arts that can be found. There is music, theater, and dance featured on the stages at Lincoln Center and I’ve been to performances at Avery Fischer Hall, the State Theater, and

Editing Shakespeare

It is truly unfortunate that the concept of the novel was not around in Elizabethan Britain. Shakespeare’s work is cherished by academics all over the world as some of the finest storytelling in history, but does that make it good entertaining theatre for a modern audience? In it’s current unedited state, it does not appear

Changing a Theatrical Script to Suit an Audience – No

As a playwright, I have chosen words and phrasing to best relate my story in a finished form that will appeal universally or directly to some core audience I was trying to capture. As a director, I have often been given scripts that needed a bit of fine tuning to fit the stage, the actors,

Theatre Volunteer

I’m always excited to see new people get involved in theatre, whether through participation or simply enjoying some great shows. Theatre is magical: it opens up new doors of perception and allows people to enjoy a kind of culture available nowhere else. Take movies, for example. Now, I love a good movie, and even several

Standing Ovation Theatre – No

When going to see a film in a movie theatre, the credits scroll at the end of the film and, nowadays, the first thing most people do is look at their cell phone to see if they missed any calls. Then, grab their coats, if they are polite, throw away their trash, and head out

Support in may Forms of the Arts

The Free Dictionary ( provides an abundance of information on the word “support.” It can be identified as two different parts of speech: a noun or a verb. There are nine variations of definitions as a verb, as well as, three additional possibilities when in noun form. Further down, the thesaurus section lists many synonyms

Proscenium Staging

Curtain rises. Those two words encapsulate much about the traditional proscenium stage theatre experience. There is a sense of occasion; of an event taking place when those yards and yards of velvet ascend and the audience captures the first glimpse of the opening tableau. The proscenium itself tends to be an impressive piece of architectural

How does a Theater Critic Review a Play

During the past three weeks I have been publishing a flurry of theater reviews, thanks to the DFW Fringe Festival hosted by the Dallas Hub Theater in the Deep Ellum area, east of downtown Dallas. The overwhelming majority of these reviews have been favorable. In fact, I have received a number of emails asking “every

Getting Involved in Community Theatre

I saw my first community theatre production when I was 15 years old, a dress rehearsal of Michel Tremblay’s Albertine in Five Times. I had been invited through a local youth theatre class that I had joined just a few weeks before, and I was working my way through my first high school drama course