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How Does the Show Go On: An Introduction to the Theatre Hardcover – November 27, 2007
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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.Read more ›
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!
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!
The whole book is centered around The Lion King stage show. Unfortunately, there's no DVD of the stage show to show to the kids after they've studied the book.
Still, it's great for use in a beginning drama class. But you couldn't really use this as a textbook, per se, even if you could get your hands on enough copies, because it contains all sorts of loose props--tickets, playbill, a script page etc. that would grow legs in a classroom, and it isn't comprehensive. There's no performance instruction, no full script. I showed the book in class using an opaque projector, and then I handed 'round the props.
Both the kids and I liked the book.
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.Read more ›
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Very good over view education of Theater and the behind the curtain artists. I had the pleasure of being the Stage Manager for Hello Dolly that Thomas mentions in the book. Read morePublished on July 11, 2014 by George T. Guiver
I saw this at a theatre, but waited to buy it on amazon because of the price. I like the content in this book. Read morePublished on June 14, 2013 by A. Chan
I love musicals and the theatre. I have personally been involved with several local musicals, and this book was extremely informing and interesting. Read morePublished on May 6, 2013 by Becca Billings
This book was more than I expected. Fun to look at while still being very informative with surprises on many pages (flaps to lift, things to remove etc)Published on January 8, 2013 by Sharron Walsh
I was thrilled to find this book on Amazon because my daughter is wearing out the copy she borrows from the library every time we go. Read morePublished on February 17, 2011 by Julia B
This is the second time I've ordered this book, How Does the Show Go On:An Introduction to the Theater, because it is so informative about the theater. Read morePublished on January 17, 2011 by Lil Hunkele
I love this book. A friend at Disney turned me onto it recently when she heard about my book that came out last year, called "The Hidden Stage. Read morePublished on January 6, 2009 by Amazon Customer
This book gives a great introduction to theatre production for kids - grades 4-5 and up. The author uses productions with which children might be familiar - Lion King and Mary... Read morePublished on October 21, 2008 by C. Dolphin
As a high school musical theater teacher, I wasn't sure that I'd be able to use this resource. All of the material presented is related to the Disney musicals that started in the... Read morePublished on October 8, 2008 by Amazon Customer