Supporting The Arts – Why Community Theatre Is Important

Why is it important to support the arts in your community? Looking at the big picture, does it make any difference if you attend a community theatre production?

The answer is yes. Whether it is semi-professional or wholly amateur, Community theatre contributes, not only to the arts but, to your community as a whole.

Firstly, community theatre allows aspiring actors and lifetime theatre hobbyists to come together and hone their craft. It creates a sense of accomplishment and develops a community spirit as cast and crew work towards a common goal. Whether the performers intend to fly off to an audition in New York City after the curtain falls, or simply plan to go home to their families and day jobs, a community theatre production provides its cast and crew with a second family, a support system, and a strong sense of pride in their contribution to the arts in their community.

But a local production does not only give back to those on-stage, it also provides the c

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Become a Puppet Master

Do you have a love for acting and performing but feel held back due to shyness or fear of being in front of an audience? Fear no more; become a puppet master.

The Bucket List movie starring Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman, inspired many people to make a personal wish list. If acting is on your wish list but you hesitate because of shyness, stage fright, or working with others, puppetry is an excellent outlet.

Operating puppets is done behind, above, or below the stage. The puppets face the audience, not the puppeteer.

The characters may be people, animals, plants, and other inanimate objects. The job of a professional puppeteer is to bring these lifeless objects to life.

  1. What is required of a puppeteer?
  2. Story writer
  3. Set designer and stage construction
  4. Making puppets
  5. Sculpture
  6. Costumes
  7. Painting
  8. Mold making
  9. Know how to make dolls and other inanimate objects
  10. A

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Top Five Ways To Create Atmosphere In The Theatre: Using Staging Systems

When people come to the theater they are expecting a powerful roller coaster of emotions, whether it be to laugh or cry. You need to create the right atmosphere and mood to perfectly position the audience for a truly mesmerizing show.

Creating atmosphere in any sized theater can be a complex task. Every aspect of the performance must be considered such as the stage lighting and sound to set the right tone and ambiance for the audience.

Yes acting is key but brilliant acting set against tired drapes and curtains, in a poorly lit room, with poor sound output is not going to make for a memorable show. It is a combination of all of these things that will make the show special.

Some tips on how to create this atmosphere include:

1. Stage lighting. This is very important because lighting can create many different impressions. It is practical in the sense that it can convey the time of the day to the audience who are watching a play. I.e. lighter colors for the

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Stage Awards – Recognition of Theatre Performances

Stage awards are given away for excellence in theatre and stage performances across various categories. The awards system differs from category to category – e.g. stage shows, musicals, dramas, operas and so on. Some have closed nominations monitored by a committee or board while some have open selection and nomination processes. The criteria for awards selection also varies across categories.

Let’s take a look at some of the 2016 Stage Award Winners. In December 2015 the shortlist was prepared and the final winners announced in January 2016. Categories such as Regional Theatre of the Year, London Theatre of the Year, and Fringe Theatre of the Year were some of them. Besides these, award categories like Producer of the Year, Theatre School of the Year, and Theatre Building of the Year appreciate the efforts of individuals, arts schools and theatre locations that contribute as a whole to the events.


A look at popular theatre awards in New York for

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At The H-Art of Houston

If you feel like jazzing things up a little or are in the mood for dramatic performances in Houston, you’re in luck! The Art District in Houston, The Washington Avenue, has become one of the most vibrant and recognized creative communities in Texas, boasting of sophisticated acts, classy shows and world-class performances by resident performers, bands, and comedians. It is also the largest. Old warehouses have been converted into live performance venues and welcoming bars, buildings transformed into SOHOs, and within some of the buildings are hundreds of studios belonging to some of the most creative groups and individuals in Houston.

Because of its unique blend of offerings and affordable opportunities, people believe that it has the highest concentration of working creative artists in the United States. The streets are also lined with restaurants, cafes, bakeries, fast food joints, and coffee outlets that has both the off-the-cuff ambiance and sleek, polished feel.

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Performing Puppets

Do you remember playing with hand puppets when you were a child? Did your parents purchase a puppet or did your mother show you how to make one?

A puppet can be created on a stick, or one finger of your hand. A sock pocket can be created with a lonely sock which has been left behind by a runaway partner. Or fingers can be folded into a slightly closed fist, draw a set of lips and eyes and it is puppet ready. Add a voice to your character supported by a script to tell a story and the show is now live.

These three simple methods of making puppets have existed and entertained children and adults for many decades. Puppets are fun as they challenge our creativity, imagination, and arts and crafts skills.

What is a puppet?

It is an object made from wood, paper, cloth, saw dust, straw, cotton, and other materials which can be shaped to represent a person, an animal, or an object. The puppeteer brings a puppet to life by moving its flexible parts his or her hand,

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How To Become A Professional Belly Dancer

There is a major question to ask yourself if you want to become a professional belly dancer. Do you want to be a professional instructor or do you want to be a performing artist of belly dancing? A professional instructor will have responsibilities for both teaching and performing. A professional belly dancing artist will focus on being a performer.

Which came first… the chicken or the egg? First and foremost knowledge and real experiences are critical. When professionals are interviewed most of them did not intend for this form of art to be a career. They were happy taking lessons and dancing for self, but life has its surprises.

If I may, it is my opinion that the teacher has much to do with students becoming future instructors or entertainers. Throughout my years of teaching I know of eight or ten of my students who became instructors and three others who became professional performers. Two of these people work in the United States and one is an international

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Five Easy Ways Parents Can Prepare Their Kids for Theatre Field Trips

For teachers, field trips can be one of the most challenging times of the year. There’s transportation to coordinate, reservations to make, and often, a classroom full of rambunctious kids to corral. While theatre field trips are a great way to expose young minds to the arts, keeping children focused for the duration of the performance can be tough. Here are a few tips to help parents prepare their kids for their upcoming experience at a performing arts centre.

Discuss the Play Ahead of Time

Whether it’s a child’s first trip to the theatre or their fifth, it’s always helpful to discuss the play beforehand. Read the plot together and let them ask questions at home or in the classroom. Live plays can be confusing, but if they’re familiar with the main plot points of the play, they’ll be able to absorb more of the performance and be better prepared to appreciate the acting.

Explain the Difference Between Movies and Live Theatre

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The Unique Forms and Functions of Indigenous Ghanaian Performing and Verbal Arts

Performing arts are the arts that are played or performed which exists only in a stream of time. This form of arts is evident in every activity that the indigenous Ghanaian performs, from the washing of the face right from bed, through undertakings of his/her daily activities, to the time he/she retires to bed. Examples of the performing art forms practiced and used by the indigenous Ghanaians in their everyday life activities include music, dance, and drama.

On the other hand, verbal arts are those that are performed with the mouth with or without body gestures. They are usually spoken with the mouth. Indigenous Ghanaian verbal arts include folklores, tales, appellations, dirges, poetry etc.


Music permeates and accompanies all the activities undertaken by the indigenous Ghanaians such as hunting, fishing, farming, trading etc. Music is played during festivals, rituals, marriage ceremonies, funeral ceremonies, puberty rites, naming and outdooring ceremonie

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Performing Arts and Its Branches

Dance, drama and music that are performed in front of many people or audiences are known to belong in performing arts. This type of art is different from plastic arts which only involve several artworks made from different type of materials like clay, paint, wood and metal. These artworks are often created by many artists and are displayed during exhibits but unlike performing arts, the presence of the artists is not required or is not necessary at all. When it comes to performing arts, the artists themselves together with their performances are the ones that the audiences are interested in. These people are then commonly known as performers.

This type of art is not new to the society because this has been around for so many years now. It actually started centuries ago. This type or art is even more common in schools all over the world and it often involves a number of people who all have the passion to please the crowd by showcasing their talents. By wearing a huge variety o

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