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Digging Up Dessa

Cuesheet: Digging up Dessa
Dessa is a 21st-century girl with no shortage of struggles, secrets, and mysteries to solve. From dinosaur bones to hidden memories, the world is filled with buried treasures just waiting to be uncovered. Luckily, thanks to the mysterious appearance of a remarkable friend—the pioneering 19th-century English paleontologist Mary Anning—young Dessa knows just how to excavate them! After a field trip to a museum reveals that Mary Anning’s legacy has been buried by history because of her gender and lack of formal education, Dessa decides that she’s going to fight to earn her friend the credit she deserves. With help from her once-rival Nilo, Dessa sets to work unearthing the secrets hidden beneath the surface of the past and present—for Mary’s history and her own future.
Theater, Accessibility, Animals, Innovators & Pioneers, Science, Family

Me... Jane

Cuesheet: Me... Jane: The Dreams & Adventures of Young Jane Goodall
In this brand new musical adaptation, join young Jane and her special friend as they learn about the world around them and the importance of protecting all living species. With anecdotes taken directly from Jane Goodall’s autobiography, this adaptation makes this very true story accessible for the young—and young at heart.
Theater, Accessibility, Africa, Animals, Geography, Innovators & Pioneers, Science

Sound Designer Ben Burtt

Arts Days: July 12, 1948: The Sounds of Star Wars
Close your eyes and imagine the many unique sounds in the Star Wars films: Darth Vader's breathing, X-Wing and TIE fighters, the Millennium Falcon, blasters and lightsabers, the voices of R2-D2 and Chewbacca. Sound designer Ben Burtt created all of those sounds.

But he didn't just create sounds for the Star Wars universe. He is responsible for the sounds of the Indiana Jones film series, The Dark Crystal (1982), E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982), WALL-E (2008) and Star Trek (2009). Burtt has earned four Academy Awards for his work.

Ben Burtt created the title "Sound Designer" and during his time at Lucasfilm and Pixar he set the standard for contributing a unique and innovative creative voice in his field, creating new sounds (like a scuba regulator for Vader's breath, or tapping a wrench on a radio tower support wire for the sound of a blaster shot) and repurposing classics (he championed use of the "Wilhelm Scream" and "Robin Hood arrow", both of which are used frequently by other sound designers).

According to Burtt, "Your success as an artist, to say something new, ultimately depends on the breadth of your education. My recommendation would be to major in an area other than film, develop a point of view, and then apply that knowledge to film. Because if film is all you know, you cannot help but make derivative work. I found that what I had learned about sound, history, biology, English, physics all goes into the mix."
Movies & Movie Stars, Innovators & Pioneers, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Jobs in the Arts

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