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How Does the Show Go On: An Introduction to the Theater (A Disney Theatrical Souvenir Book) Hardcover – November 27, 2007
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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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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.
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. They provide ample material to illustrate the points the author wants to make, and the photographs and illustrations are really wonderful. I think anyone interested in theater--or just curious about how things are done-- would enjoy this book and while it is, as I said, probably ideal for students (as young as 6, old as whatever--I enjoyed it and I am in my 30's) even a seasoned theater-goer would come away with at least handful of "I didn't know that" or "So THAT's how that's done!" moments. Absolutely worth the price of admission.