NOW WHAT? A Teacher’s Guide to Directing Musical Theatre, Part 12: FRONT OF HOUSE

Before you can open your show, you have to open your doors. Having a dependable house manager can relieve you of many pre-show duties, leaving you to focus on the hundreds of other things you need to do! The house manager’s tasks will vary based on how your theater is set up, as well as what flexibility and the resources you have. He or she can assign and delegate, or run it all like a solo performance. Here are some areas that can fall under the house manager’s umbrella. Read More

NOW WHAT? A Teacher’s Guide to Directing Musical Theatre, Part 11: TECH WEEK

Yes, tech week can be long, exhausting, and frustrating. But it doesn’t have to be miserable! Here’s where all of the planning skills you’ve used throughout the process really come into play. There’s no way to know in advance what’s going to go wrong: a light is focused in the wrong place, the mic doesn’t work, and it takes twice as long to change the set between scenes. Your planning might not be able to prevent these things from happening, but at least you won’t be caught off guard. Read More

NOW WHAT? A Teacher’s Guide to Directing Musical Theatre, Part 10: TROUBLESHOOTING

No one ever WANTS anything to go wrong; however, there are bound to be hurdles and challenges along the way. It’s easy to tell you to maintain a positive outlook, keep a calm demeanor, and treat everyone with civility and respect. It’s hard to maintain those qualities while you’re in the middle of it! Here are some common challenges, and some suggestions for ways to approach them. Read More

NEW: Performance Tracks

Tams-Witmark is thrilled to announce that The MT Pit is authorized to provide performance and rehearsal tracks for select Tams shows. These tracks are available as an alternative orchestration for licensed Tams productions. So, if your theatre or school is unable to use live musicians, you can now present your show with professional, authorized, prerecorded accompaniment! … Read More

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