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How Does the Show Go On: An Introduction to the Theatre Hardcover


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 1 and up
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Disney Editions (November 27, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423100883
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423100881
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 9.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #712,374 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Thomas Schumacher has spent the past 18 years with The Walt Disney Company setting new standards of excellence in film, television, and theatre. Having spent much of his tenure as president of Feature Animation and Walt Disney Television Animation, he now serves as president of the Buena Vista Theatrical Group. Along with former Walt Disney Studios chairman Peter Schneider, he produced the world premiere of the Broadway musicalThe Lion King, which garnered six Tony Awards, including Best Musical. His other productions includeAida,Beauty and the Beast,Tarzan, and the upcoming Broadway adaptation of Mary Poppins. Jeff Kurtti is the author of more than a dozen books and scores of magazine articles, a writer-director of award-winning documentaries, and a respected public speaker, host, and panel moderator. He is currently the Creative Director of The Walt Disney Family Library (a project of The Walt Disney Family Foundation), and is considered one of the leading authorities on The Walt Disney Company and its history.

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This book gives a great introduction to theatre production for kids - grades 4-5 and up.
C. Dolphin
When the book discusses stage lighting, there is a pouch with a removable script, complete with the hand-written markings that the lighting person works from.
DrewFromNY
If you've ever gone to a Broadway style production of any type of show (Disney or not), you'll love this book.
Charles J. Gessner

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Frank P. Conway on December 7, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I wish I'd had this when I was a kid. I got a copy fresh off the presses and immediately ordered more for my nieces and nephews. I've always worked on the other side of the stage- in the business aspect- so it's even a great education for me!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By DrewFromNY on January 6, 2008
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This book, written by the head of Disney Theatricals (Lion King, Aida, Mary Poppins, Tarzan, High School Musical, Beauty and the Beast), provides an engaging back-stage look at everything it takes to put on a show. The book is geared toward students more than, say, theatrical attorneys or seasoned pros. What makes it particularly special is the innovative design of the book. There are countless treasures to be found inside, which the reader can remove from the book, examine and learn from. (For those familiar with the Griffin & Sabine series, the removable love letters in those books come to mind).

For example, when the book discusses the Box Office and Ticketing system, it includes a real envelope that the reader can open and take out a sample ticket for close eamination. When the book discusses stage lighting, there is a pouch with a removable script, complete with the hand-written markings that the lighting person works from. The discussion of make-up is nicely enhanced by a clear gel that the reader can lift up to see the actor without make-up and put down to show what he looks like fully made-up. The discussion of costumes includes reproductions of the actual design sketches from the Broadway production). These and other "exhibits" make reading the book a very interactive experience for the reader and gives real-world context to the information Mr. Schumacher is providing.

The hard cover of the book opens in the center (like a gate on two hinges), immediately giving the impression of a curtain opening and setting the tone for the rest of the book. While the book focuses on the Disney shows mentioned above (except High School Musical, which was not a Broadway show--only a tour), that is not a limitation at all.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Richardson TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 10, 2007
Format: Hardcover
like the first reviewer...I wish I had something like this to read as a child...but I am sharing it with my niece and she has already been in some school productions and loves LOVES it!
great job...
I should add that ANY book by Jeff Kurtti is not only well researched and presented.. but can often become a treasured collectible as his book on the Sherman Brothers is, so get em while you can!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By TBop62 on December 10, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I would have given up my Donny Osmond album collection to have had this book when I was 13.

My Inner Andrea McArdle never wanted this book to end! With every page turned, a new adventure and great information literally popped out at me...in a most delightful way.

This book is at the top of my list for my surrogate nieces and nephews who go around humming songs from "Wicked" and "The Lion King" and who dream of shining onstage themselves one day. Two of them have had their noses planted in this incredible book for the past week with no signs of coming up for air anytime soon.

Inspiring, informative, intelligent, and all-around wonderful....a "must buy" of effortless enjoyment for everyone, not just kids!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sam Friedman on December 24, 2007
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This books is supposedly targeted at kids, to teach them how the theater works, but as a lifelong Broadway fan, I was mesmerized. The author found a very creative way to present the backstage elements that go into putting on a Broadway show while being lots of fun. For example, there is a very imaginative "before and after" display showing how makeup changes and actor's appearance and plays a critical role in creating a new reality for the stage. I think this is also a bargain in terms of price--in fact, I cannot imagine how the publisher is making money off this product, given the difficult printing job and the inclusion of so many "take out" elements to show examples of scripts and the like...Could be just a loss leader to help Disney draw a new generation of kids to live theater--a noble goal. You can't go wrong with this high quality product.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Maria-elena Baker on December 13, 2007
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This is hands down one of the best books on theatre every written. The presentation is amazing, the photos are beautiful and the little bits and pieces of "hands on" theatre items are incredible.
This book is NOT just for children (but aren't we all?), and I wish that it had been around YEARS ago. I just sent out 5 for Christmas presents and know that it is going to make a of smiles, "oh & awes", and "WOWs".
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By GLENN WHELAN on June 4, 2008
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One of the biggest changes the theater has seen of late was Disney's successful track record with bringing their story-telling to the stage. As with most of Disney's greatest successes, their efforts were immediately unique as they ignored many of the rules along the way. In the process, their shows introduced a new audience to the wonders of live theater. So it's only appropriate that the coolest book that ever covers the theater experience comes to us from Thomas Schumacher, the head of Disney Theatricals.

A good play begins with its script- its storyline. Here the journey is suggested in text, providing a beginning, middle and an end. Likewise, this book begins with a telling, informative narrative. It describes in simple yet effective words practically every element of the theatrical experience, be it on stage, backstage or in the 3rd row of the balcony. What will you experience from the moment you arrive at the theater all the way through the end of the curtain call? This book and a little imagination provide answers to that question quite fully. But watching a show is only the beginning. We also experience the many house activities, to the backstage work, to belting a song center stage and even at the initial creative meetings. It's quite simple and informative.

Like any play that begins with a good script, the creative job to follow is how to tell that story. For anyone who has seen any of Disney's Broadway shows, you know that their "way" is simply stunning. From THE LION KING's introduction of Simba to MARY POPPINS' flying retreat over the balcony; from TARZAN's use of vertical stage work to AIDA's mix of modern stagework with a classic tale, the Disney audience usually leaves richly experience.
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