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5 Tips for Using Projections on Stage

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In theatre, storytelling is king. And one of the most effective storytelling tools is now more affordable and easier to use than ever. When combined with your other design elements (actors, lighting, costumes, sets, props, etc.), projections can expand your ability to tell your story, even if you don’t have state-of-the-art equipment in your booth. How far will your creativity take you when the limits of budget and space are removed? There are certain requirements to make projections work well in your space, but here are answers to the five questions we hear most often.

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WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE: Exploring different interpretations of the same story

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This past school year, director, educator and a Stage Partners favorite, Peter Royston, directed two play adaptations of The Jungle Book. His middle schoolers produced the Stage Partners Jon Jory’s adaptation and the elementary students performed the Disney musical. In this intimate essay, Peter shares his experience working on the two different adaptations and what his students took away from viewing each other’s work.  Akela asks the Wolf Pack to spare Mowgli's life in the Sleepy Hollow Middle School 2017 production of The Jungle Book adapted by Jon Jory (photo by Mark Liflander). WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE Exploring different interpretations of the same story by Peter...

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Selecting Your Play; or What Am I Doing This Year??

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The beginning of a school year can be a bit chaotic. Choosing a play for your season shouldn't be.  Education Director Maria McConville offers some tips to guide you in the right direction. First of all, you're off to a great start if you're browsing through the collection at Stage Partners. Not that I'm biased or anything. Look, we understand your Fall dilemma. Some years, play selection so very clear. Some years you are open to anything. And some years it’s already October and you just need to choose already! Well here are 5 TIPS to help you narrow down your...

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Morning Announcements; or the Time I Tried to Interview My Middle Schooler

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Playwright Sonya Sobieski sits down with her eleven-year-old daughter to talk about life, theater, and her new play Morning Announcements. Skyler is about to enter sixth grade, and like many persons her age, is incredibly loquacious and forthcoming. Sonya: Hey, Skyler. Skyler: I don’t really want to do this, and I’m not going to say anything.   Sonya: C’mon. What are you looking forward to about middle school? Skyler: Being more organized. Sonya: Yeah? Skyler: ‘Cause I got a lot of stuff. Sonya: What kind of stuff? Skyler: School stuff. D&D books. Sonya: What else? (Silence.) Sonya: Okay, what are...

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Audition Tips for Teachers: How to Help Students Get the Part

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Education Director Maria McConville offers ideas for making the auditions process a skill-building process. Get students to show you their best work through these simple tips. Auditions can be the most nerve-wracking part of the theater process. As a theatre teacher, you want each of your students to get the part. They put themselves out there and they should be proud of the work they present. I know it can be overwhelming to see our students so stressed. Oh, the nerves! But auditions are also an opportunity for students who don’t normally participate to really shine. Here are some tips...

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