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The Magic Flute: Washington National Opera Working Rehearsal

Cuesheet: WNO Working Rehearsal: The Magic Flute
Anything is possible in a land ruled by light and darkness—even true love. Throw in a zany sidekick, a noble quest, and one enchanted flute, and you have an operatic masterpiece.
Opera, Backstage

Washington National Opera: The Elixir of Love

Cuesheet: WNO Working Rehearsal: Elixir of Love
You can’t make someone love you. Or can you? The hero of this famous comic opera believes he might be able to pull off the impossible with a little magic.
Opera, Backstage

Don Giovanni Opera Look-In

Cuesheet: WNO Opera Look-In: Don Giovanni
This 50-minute narrated program includes fully-staged scenes from Mozart’s light-hearted musical masterpiece
Backstage, Opera

Don Giovanni Dress Rehearsal

Cuesheet: WNO Opera Dress Rehearsal: Don Giovanni
Mozart weaves the tale of Don Juan into a comically serious musical masterpiece
Backstage, Opera

Elephant & Piggie's We Are In A Play

Cuesheet: Elephant and Piggie's We Are in a Play
Straight from Mo Willems’ award-winning book series, best friends Gerald and Piggie sing and dance their way through fundamental questions like, should you share your ice cream? And how can two friends play with one toy? Discover the answers and much more!
Animals, Backstage, Theater, Playwrights & Plays

Man of the House

Cuesheet: Man of the House: A World Premiere Kennedy Center Commission
“Son, I’ve got to go. Now you are the man of the house.” Pablito never forgot those words from his father. Now it’s time to do something about them.
Backstage, Family, Theater, Playwrights & Plays

Compagnie Käfig Working Rehearsal

Cuesheet: Compagnie Käfig Working Rehearsal
See how the all-male Brazilian cast of French dance company, Compagnie Käfig, blends a variety of movement styles, including hip-hop, martial arts, and contemporary dance.
Backstage, Dance, Latin America, World Cultures

Washington National Opers: Moby Dick

Cuesheet: WNO Working Rehearsal: Moby-Dick
Hoist sail, raise anchor, and join the hunt for the great white whale! Experience a musical journey of Herman Melville’s epic tale of obsession, madness, and death-defying adventure.
Opera, Backstage, Literature

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Cuesheet: A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Welcome to an enchanted world of fairies, potions, mischief, and magic... where actors and puppets present Shakespeare’s classic comedy of fickle love.
Backstage, Shakespeare, Theater, Puppets

Moby-Dick Opera Look-In

Cuesheet: WNO Look-In: Moby-Dick
Get a special, insider’s peek behind the curtains of Moby-Dick, a new opera of Herman Melville’s 19th-century literary masterwork.
Opera, Backstage, Literature

Treasured Stories by Eric Carle

Cuesheet: A Brown Bear, a Moon, and a Caterpillar: Treasured Stories by Eric Carle
People have used puppets to tell stories, entertain, or teach lessons for thousands of years. In this performance, puppets act out the stories and drawings from Eric Carle's classic picture books The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?, and Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me.
Puppets, Animals, Theater, Backstage

NSO with Lang Lang

Cuesheet: NSO Open Rehearsal with Lang Lang
Don’t miss this working rehearsal of the National Symphony Orchestra led by NSO Music Director Christoph Eschenbach with pianist superstar Lang Lang, performing Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 2. Also on the program is Til Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks by Richard Strauss.
Backstage, Music, Orchestra

Washington National Opera: Show Boat

Cuesheet: WNO Dress Rehearsal: Show Boat
Based on the 1926 novel of the same name, Show Boat has gone down in American musical theater history as a revolutionary work—one of the first to successfully weave together an epic and dramatic storyline with beautiful and meaningful songs. The story follows the lives of the owners and workers aboard the Cotton Blossom—a floating theater travelling along America’s Southern rivers.
Backstage, Opera, Musicals

Monica Bill Barnes & Company Performance Demonstration

Cuesheet: Cuesheet: Performance & Demonstration: Monica Bill Barnes & Company
In this performance/demonstration, Monica Bill Barnes talks about her choreography and demonstrates key elements of her approach to modern dance. Specifically, she explores two of her dances: mostly fanfare and Everything is getting better all the time.
Backstage, Choreographers, Dance

Monica Bill Barnes & Company Working Rehearsal

Cuesheet: Cuesheet: Working Rehearsal: Monica Bill Barnes & Company
In this working rehearsal, Monica Bill Barnes & Company rehearses three of their works, including Luster, mostly fanfare, and Everything is getting better all the time. You may wonder if these pieces are dance, comedy, theater, or showy circus acts. That’s because these works combine all of them together.
Backstage, Choreographers, Dance

ers

Gear: The Ellipsoidal Reflector Spotlight
One of the jobs of a lighting designer is to be an illusionist; to convince the audience they’re somewhere special
Theater, Jobs in the Arts, Backstage

Lee Blessing

Video: Lee Blessing: The Power of Theater
In this Power of Theater podcast, part of the Kennedy Center Education Department's American College Theater Festival's summer intensive for playwrights, playwright Lee Blessing discusses the difference between writing for the theater and writing for television and film.
Theater, Backstage, Playwrights & Plays, Jobs in the Arts

Marcia Norman

Video: Marcia Norman: The Power of Theater
"When you're in a piece of wonderful theater your whole body responds to what's on the stage." In this Power of Theater podcast, part of the Kennedy Center Education Department's American College Theater Festival's summer intensive for playwrights, playwright Marcia Norman discusses the different forms and forums for storytelling, and what is thrilling about working for the stage.
Theater, Backstage, Playwrights & Plays

Richard Thomas

Video: Richard Thomas & Randle Mell: The Power of Theater
In this podcast, part of the Power of Theater series, actors Richard Thomas (The Waltons) and Randle Mell (24) discuss performing in the stage version of Twelve Angry Men and how the play illustrates the power of one voice in a system designed to reward the collective majority.
Theater, Backstage, Controversial, Playwrights & Plays

August Wilson

Video: August Wilson: The Power of Theater
August Wilson's work accurately portrays the black experience in America-addressing themes of struggle (violence, economic injustices, unemployment, poverty and neglect, racism, civil rights, unlawful imprisonment, the legacy of slavery) as well as themes of triumph (the strength of family ties and loyalties, the uniqueness of black culture and the fight to preserve and value it).
Theater, Backstage, Controversial, Playwrights & Plays

Theater conversations

Audio Series: Theater Conversations
The Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival, in association with The Dramatists Guild, presents conversations from their two-week playwriting intensive at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Theater, Jobs in the Arts, Backstage

Playbill

Arts Days: July 06, 1934: Get With the Program
Go to any theater on Broadway, in Miami, or even St. Louis, and you’ll probably be handed a copy of Playbill. Part program description of the play you are about to see, part theater magazine, Playbill was first called the Strauss Magazine Theater Program, after its creator Frank Vance Strauss.

In 1884, Strauss started a company that created programs tailored to shows. It featured restaurant ads, feature articles on famous directors, and other related material. These days you can subscribe to the magazine, as well as have one customized for any given show. It lists the actors, the parts they play and their work in other shows, as well as the sequence of events that will take place on the stage.
Backstage, Broadway, Playwrights & Plays, Theater

Swifty Lazar

Arts Days: March 28, 1907: Nothing Slow About Swifty
When Hollywood legend Irving Lazar managed to sign three mega-deals in a single day, actor Humphrey Bogart jokingly gave him the nickname “Swifty.” It stuck, creating the role of a super talent agent, with such clients ranging from writers Ernest Hemingway, Vladimir Nabokov, and Tennessee Williams, composers Cole Porter, Richard Rodgers, and George Gershwin, and actors/singers Cary Grant, Gregory Peck, Cher, and Madonna.

Lazar was notorious for his legendarily high phone bills (he worked those phones!) and even more famous for the party he threw every year after the Academy Awards®; an invite to Swifty’s party meant that you had arrived.  Standing only 5’3”, Lazar was a giant when it came to protecting the creative and financial interests of his famous clients. Lazar also produced movies and plays, and even represented politicians like Richard Nixon, but his work as a performer’s advocate is still what he’s best known for.
Backstage, Movies & Movie Stars, Presidents

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

Cuesheet: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater: Performance & Demonstration
The company performs their signature work, Revelations. The program also includes Bill T. Jones’ D-Man in the Waters (Part I). Set to Mendelssohn’s Octet for Strings in E-flat Major, Op. 20 (1825), it is a celebration of life and the resilience of the human spirit that embodies loss, hope, and triumph.
Backstage, Ballet, Choreographers, Dance, Dance Legends

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater: Performance/Demonstration

Cuesheet: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater: Performance & Demonstration
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater shares "Ailey Magic" with students, giving insights into the history of the company and its founder Alvin Ailey.
Backstage, Ballet, Choreographers, Dance, Dance Legends

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