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Recording Audio from a Theatre Show

We run a small improv theatre company. Potential sponsors and clients always ask about videos of our shows, so we're looking into recording our shows. We're okay on the video side but we can't get good quality audio. What kind of setup should we use? [more inside]
posted by WalterMitty on Jun 18, 2014 - 8 answers

Is there such a thing as a PG-13 version of Rocky Horror?

Your stage experience has mostly been variations on the Vagina Monologues, political spoken word, or absurdly sexual burlesque. You secretly want to be Joan Jett. You're auditioning for something that asks for a monologue or song that is PG-13 at the most - what do you pick? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Apr 9, 2014 - 13 answers

Seeking Austin Community Theatre Scene

Here in New England, there are tons of community theatre organizations of all sizes & quality levels; almost every town has a "Springfield Community Players" or something like that. I can think of dozens within a half hour of my home in MA. A theatre friend has moved to Austin, TX, and can't seem to find any such organizations at all within at least an hour radius. [more inside]
posted by jeffjon on Feb 26, 2014 - 9 answers

Inspired by The Vagina Monologues?

Which other productions have taken on the model of The Vagina Monologues - first-person stories about gender, sexuality, and womanhood? (I'm interested in those that share the model but have custom material, not necessarily the script of VMon as performed by specific demographics.) [more inside]
posted by divabat on Feb 24, 2014 - 6 answers

Geek parent meets high school theater -- there must be an app for that?

I've got a kid enjoying high school theater, and I'd like to help. My skills do NOT run to hammers or sewing machines, but I can work Chrome / Google Docs / databases like a pro. The costume designer is wishing for a way to track student measurements, costume notes, and pictures / photos in some sort of online / app format for going to fabric stores and keeping track of sewing progress. She's coveting an iPad mini to use with it, so I guess an app would be fine. I'd prefer a Chrome / Google Doc option, because I'm cheap. LOVE to hear from costume designers / wardrobe coordinators who've figured this out. Extra credit points for people who know how to create a costume database for completed costumes after the shows.
posted by contemplativenapper on Nov 24, 2013 - 3 answers

Um ... er ... what's your favourite colour?

I'm meeting a playwright on Saturday. What questions should I ask? [more inside]
posted by essexjan on Jul 3, 2013 - 17 answers

Community theatre for amateurs in Toronto

I'd like to get into community theatre, but I haven't done any kind of drama since high school. Are there community theatres in Toronto that encourage amateur participation?
posted by The Thnikkaman on Apr 13, 2013 - 3 answers

How do I contact English, Literature, and Drama teachers in NYC?

I want to offer super-cheap ($10 to free) Shakespeare tickets to educators and their students in the NYC area. I'm interested in contacting both high school and college teachers. Would they likely welcome this or consider it spam? Is there some kind of message board or other resource I can use to contact these folks.
posted by grumblebee on Mar 26, 2013 - 8 answers

A reader on the mind-body problem?

I'm working on a creative project about somebody who gets his brain removed and put in a vat. What should I read? [more inside]
posted by HeroZero on Mar 15, 2013 - 27 answers

Can you stage Peter Pan in a way that is respectful to Native Americans?

Is there a way to stage Peter Pan that is respectful to Native Americans? [more inside]
posted by straight on Mar 11, 2013 - 26 answers

Is this friendship worth saving?

I have a problem. I have a friend. They're mutually inclusive. Let's call him Greg. [more inside]
posted by piratesriding on Feb 21, 2013 - 32 answers

Favorite Gel Color Combos

I'm designing a show this week (Iolanthe) which is far from my first lighting design, but I've never really gotten to experiment much with different gel color combinations. Which are your favorite combos (front, fill, back, side, etc.) for different set-ups. I'm looking for both the classic standards and less common combinations you've come across and enjoyed. I'm going to have a bit of free reign with this, so I'm curious to see what new (to me) things I might want to try. Rosco colors preferred.
posted by Navelgazer on Feb 12, 2013 - 6 answers

Help me name my: Children’s Theater Edition

I’ve been teaching private voice and piano lessons for children for the past five years, and am about to embark on the next stage of the plan: opening a children’s theater!  Most of my ducks are in a row with one large exception - the name. [more inside]
posted by subsupra on Jan 22, 2013 - 11 answers

Recordings of R-rated language in a General Australian accent?

I'm learning a monologue with a General Australian accent, but I'm having trouble finding resources to check my pronunciation of the R-rated language in the monologue. Can you point me to recordings that may help? [more inside]
posted by lemoncakeisalie on Jan 14, 2013 - 44 answers

Interesting scifi / glam rock makeup looks?

Can you point me to some (non-prosthetic) scifi/fantasy makeup looks? [more inside]
posted by lemoncakeisalie on Jan 1, 2013 - 10 answers

Looking for theatre plays with important light prop

I'm looking for major theatrical plays, set no later than 1950, that feature a lamp, flashlight, or other luminous prop as important to the story. If possible, please summarize the prop's usage including where in the story the prop is used. Thanks in advance!
posted by landonmoon on Nov 12, 2012 - 10 answers

Help me get my husband tickets for the Book of Mormon in NYC.

How can I get a pair of tickets for the Book of Mormon in NYC, ideally without spending a ton of money?
posted by kat518 on Sep 23, 2012 - 5 answers

How to make a move on someone I've been waiting to approach?

How do I approach a castmate I've developed feelings for? We've been working on a show together for about a month, and I've developed an attraction to him. I immediately determined I should wait until the show closed to make any obvious moves, but I'm not sure how to do it. [more inside]
posted by lemoncakeisalie on Jul 21, 2012 - 35 answers

Turning off the hunger

How can I turn off my hunger when I'm getting good nutrition and my stomach isn't empty? [more inside]
posted by lemoncakeisalie on Jul 5, 2012 - 44 answers

The Mystery of the Folding Chair

Email mystery: I run a theatre company called Folding Chair Classical Theatre. The company's email address is the first two words of its name, an at sign, and gmail dot com. For the last several years, I've been getting emails (maybe four a year) from people trying to order folding chairs. The wording of these emails is all very similar to each other, which makes me wonder if this is some kind of scam. But if so, what's the angle? [more inside]
posted by grumblebee on Apr 14, 2012 - 10 answers

Looking for nuclear protest play...

Help me find this anti-nuclear protest play I saw online at some point in the last two years. [more inside]
posted by jrb223 on Mar 25, 2012 - 3 answers

Gonna make me sweat

I am doing a musical theatre revue in a formal gown. I am fat and there will be dancing. How can I minimize the look and feel of sweat and still stay fancy? [more inside]
posted by Madamina on Feb 13, 2012 - 21 answers

Sensitivity, Sensitivity, I'm just loaded with that...

I am looking for a copy of the script for Once Upon A Mattress. Where can I get a copy for free? [more inside]
posted by Vinegaroon on Nov 14, 2011 - 6 answers

What Shakespeare play best fits an unofficial wander-around-town performance?

If you were doing an outdoor guerrilla community Shakespeare play, where each scene was performed in a different public place, which one would you choose? [more inside]
posted by jeffmshaw on May 11, 2011 - 24 answers

Can't we just paint a pigeon blue?

I'm directing a high school play and need to make a bluebird fly away on stage, but using a real bird is out of the question. How can I create this effect? [more inside]
posted by MShades on Dec 9, 2010 - 17 answers

I need advice for setting up an improv group.

I'm setting up an improv theater group and would like some advice. [more inside]
posted by WalterMitty on Oct 22, 2010 - 9 answers

Wow! An actor who DOESN'T want to drink!

How can I make fake bottles of (non-alcoholic -- or low-alcohol) Guinness? This is for a play. The audience will be very close to the stage. The beer will be poured from Guinness bottles to glasses. [more inside]
posted by grumblebee on Sep 10, 2010 - 50 answers

What world theatre traditions should I learn about?

I'm fairly literate in opera and American musicals. I don't know much about other theatrical traditions from around the world, and I want to investigate. What should I look into? [more inside]
posted by argybarg on Jul 11, 2010 - 12 answers

What was life like in the 1980's?

Looking for movies that evoke how it is to live in the time in which they are set. [more inside]
posted by reenum on May 24, 2010 - 35 answers

What play is this darkly comic scene from?

TheatreFilter: Help me identify the play that this morbid, dark, hilarious scene I saw came from. [more inside]
posted by iktomi on Mar 29, 2010 - 5 answers

Recent plays?

What plays from the last 50-odd years should I read? Satire, black comedy, or scathing political criticism a plus. Also plays challenging the bounds of normal theater. [more inside]
posted by beerbajay on Dec 14, 2009 - 47 answers

ISO: Cake Pan in shape of Comedy/Drama Masks

I'm looking for a cake pan/mold in the shape of the traditional theater comedy/drama masks. [more inside]
posted by He Is Only The Imposter on Oct 1, 2009 - 4 answers

Cheapest MultiCam ever?

Do security camera DVR's record all video channels simultaneously, or do they only record one channel at a time or the multiplex all on one screen? I ask because I'm looking to set up an ultra cheap multi-cam recording setup in a small theater. [more inside]
posted by tropikal on Aug 28, 2009 - 4 answers

Precocious Children in Plays

I'm looking for plays about precocious children. [more inside]
posted by stray on Jun 26, 2009 - 16 answers

Where do these people hang out? Suggestions for online communities, please!

I need to find talented people who are into both theatre writing and web technologies. They should live in Britain or Ireland. I have two weeks. Where should I look?
posted by the latin mouse on Jun 17, 2009 - 6 answers

How to act like I know how to act

Help me develop the skills needed to carry an (essentially) one-man stage show despite never having even vaguely considering acting. If I get the part, I assume we'll start rehearsals in late autumn. [more inside]
posted by 2or3whiskeysodas on May 18, 2009 - 1 answer

Meg Brockie: I'm highly attracted to you. Why, when I look at you, I feel wee tadpoles jumping in my spine.

I'm going to be auditioning for a musical theater role in a month, and could use some advice on how to prepare. [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco on Apr 28, 2009 - 10 answers

How to direct an opera

What's the difference between directing a play and stage-directing an opera? [more inside]
posted by roll truck roll on Apr 21, 2009 - 3 answers

I don't want to kill the actors, I just want them to look pretty

Tips on theatrical haze machines. [more inside]
posted by Navelgazer on Feb 8, 2009 - 11 answers

Has there ever been video game characters in a theatre play ?

Has there ever been video game characters in a theatre play ? [more inside]
posted by Baud on Feb 4, 2009 - 8 answers

Documentary theater tips?

HighSchoolDramaTeacherFilter: Any tips for doing documentary theater with students? [more inside]
posted by HeroZero on Jan 23, 2009 - 3 answers

Drama, drama everywhere...but not a play in sight?

Help me find free age appropriate plays/skits/acting exercises for my 6 year old. [more inside]
posted by dejah420 on Jan 19, 2009 - 8 answers

If music be the food of love, post on...

HighSchoolTwelfthNightProductionFilter: Help me set some Shakespearean songs to 1920's dixieland jazz melodies. [more inside]
posted by HeroZero on Jan 5, 2009 - 10 answers

The Teacher of Multiple Translations

Which translation/adaptation/version of Carlo Goldoni's The Servant of Two Masters should my high school students perform? [more inside]
posted by HeroZero on Aug 27, 2008 - 1 answer

Texturizing Theatrical Sets Like Jackson Pollock?

SetPaintingFilter. When I was in college theatre, our sets were never finished until our company technical director walked the set, paint brush in hand, adding texture to the platforms with what seemed to be a very ordered splatter pattern. He'd do this alone, the night before we opened. The textures didn't take away from the set, but added depth. So what was he doing? I've seen the phrase "splatter wash," but can see no details on the method, the mix for the paint, anything. [more inside]
posted by grabbingsand on Jun 16, 2008 - 7 answers

Looking for trial scenes...

Looking for plays with courtroom/trial scenes. [more inside]
posted by jrb223 on Jun 10, 2008 - 24 answers

Is there really no business like it? Is that a good thing?

What can you tell me about working in theatrical costume in NYC? [more inside]
posted by doift on Apr 4, 2008 - 1 answer

Diplomats who wrote plays?

Looking for examples of diplomats who were/are also involved in the performing arts. [more inside]
posted by jrb223 on Jan 12, 2008 - 35 answers

Unperformable plays?

What well-known (or lesser-known) plays are written intentionally so as to be unperformable -- only readable as scripts? I'm thinking stage directions along the lines of pulls out a handgun and fires at random into the audience, or that instruct the actors to walk on the ceiling, or specification in the dramatis personae that goats are to be cast in speaking parts. Who's employed this device to the greatest artistic effect?
posted by electric water kettle on Dec 25, 2007 - 24 answers

Recommend Storyboarding Animation Software

Can you recommend a good, cheap and/or free tool for storyboarding a stage production I'm about to direct? [more inside]
posted by bovious on Dec 17, 2007 - 4 answers

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