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Our Thespian Society has some rules... Also, you might be wondering how the point system works and other boring things like that. So here is the run down!
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Play writing can be very interesting as writers take into account the actors, stage, and context of their stories. Here is some information on Playwriting 101 part one:
Types of plays
10 minute plays:
Ten minute plays are usually one scene and no more than ten pages long. These are typically submitted for contests and competitions. It is not just a skit or a gag it is a full length play with a beginning middle and end in ten minutes.
One-Acts can range from fifteen minutes to an hour or more. They are usually full length plays that are not long enough to be considered a whole evening. The typical one act is about half an hour and has one main conflict. If you are writing a one act you want to keep setting and props a simple as possible because they are usually performed with other one acts making coordination difficult.
Full Length Plays:
Also called full evening plays, they range from 70-80 minutes or longer. However, it is rare for a play to be longer than two hours. While full length opens the possibility to probe and designs it is still good to keep your writing practical.
These can range anywhere from ten minutes (though it is impractical) to a span of two hours. When writing these you must also keep in mind the music and lyrics of the characters dialogue.
Here is a link to Playwriting 101 for more aspects to playwriting.
Cats the Musical was based off of T.S. Elliot’s Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats. Each cat in the play is based off of different cats in the book such as Jennyanydots, Macavity, Gus (short for Asparagus), etc. Another inspiration from the book was the idea that cats have three different names one common, one fancy, and one only the cat knows. The play relates a tribe of cats on the night of the Jellicle choice where one cat will be chosen to the Heavyside layer to have the chance at a new life. The musical then shows different cats proposed for the Jellicle choice.
It’s said throughout his career people would ask T.S. Elliot “What will you read to your kids?” because he was known for his darker works such as “The Waste Land” and “The Hollow Men”. In response, Elliot wrote the Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats to prove that he could write children stories.
The musical was composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber and choreographed by Gillian Lynne and it is the fourth longest ongoing musical on Broadway. One of the most notable songs is Grizabella the Glamor Cat’s "Memory", with multiple covers from the original. The original Broadway cast starred Betty Buckley as Grizabella and Ken Page as Old Deuteronomy.
Link to Old Possum’s book of Practical Cats
BY: Emily Johnson
We all know “The Phantom of the Opera” as a great show on Broadway and other well-known stages, but the story began long before it became a long-running musical.
Gaston Leroux was born in Paris in 1868 and graduated with a law degree when he was 21. He then inherited millions of francs and went on a reckless spending streak. Approaching bankruptcy, Leroux needed a job, began work as a journalist, and eventually started writing fiction. In September 1909, The French newspaper “Le Gaulois” published the first chapter of a new story by Leroux. The novel did not sell well, and even went as far to going out a print a few times.
The first adaptation of Leroux’s “Phantom” was when Universal Studios produced a silent film starring Lon Cheney as the phantom, and from this, Universal Studios began producing similar films such as “Frankenstein”, “Dracula”, “The Wolf Man”, and “The Mummy”.
Finally, Andrew Lloyd Webber enters the scene and had since been looking for an intense, romantic musical to produce; and there was the Phantom! “Phantom” opened in London’s West End on October 9, 1986 with Michael Crawford in the title role, Sarah Brightman as Christine, and Steve Barton as Raoul.
BY: Danielle Jourdin
In the Spring of 1929, an idea began to sprout between the meetup of three educators: Dr. Paul Opp of Fairmont State College, Harry Leeper of East Fairmont High School, and Opp’s Secretary Ernest Bavely of creating a special organization of high school thespian students who have excelled both on and off the stage, creating a special honor society for those special students so they may express all their achievements. They began writing the criteria for those who may enter (mainly students that perform good work for their school’s theatre program), a constitution of how meetings should be ran and the rules behind being a member, and a basic form of how the induction should be ran. After creating everything that was need, thespian troupe one was formed at the Natrona County High School in Casper, Wyoming, ran by Dr. Earl Blank, who helped give Dr. Paul Opp the idea of the thespian honor society. By the summer of that same year, seventy-one troupes had already formed in twenty-six different states, broadcasting the success of this program to the many other schools in the nations. Ever since that year, the thespian honor society has continued to grow, even to the point that it runs its own magazine called Dramatics, which we ourselves usually get in the mail every month. The success of this organization took world by surprise, paving the way for a better understanding of what it takes to stand as a role model in the thespian world.
BY Noah Delano