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Previews, Opening Night and Beyond

Matthew White

Matthew White is an actor, theatre director and writer. He has taught and directed at many of the leading theatre schools in London, including The Royal Academy of Music, The Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts. Directing in the West End includes; Top Hat (Aldwych Theatre), Sweet Charity (Theatre Royal, Haymarket), and Little Shop of Horrors (Duke of York’s Theatre). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Staging Musicals : An Essential Guide

Methuen Drama, 2019

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...Previews DAVID CHARLES ABELL Previews offer another process altogether – you will be performing at night and rehearsing during the day. It can be exhausting. Performances which precede the opening night are referred to as previews...

Rehearsals 4: Stage Management Responsibilities

Matthew White

Matthew White is an actor, theatre director and writer. He has taught and directed at many of the leading theatre schools in London, including The Royal Academy of Music, The Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts. Directing in the West End includes; Top Hat (Aldwych Theatre), Sweet Charity (Theatre Royal, Haymarket), and Little Shop of Horrors (Duke of York’s Theatre). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Staging Musicals : An Essential Guide

Methuen Drama, 2019

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... a white cow with a hinged jaw which would be able to ‘eat’ various articles: a red cape, an ear of corn and a golden slipper. It was also required to move about the stage accompanying Jack on his journey into the forest. Not surprisingly,...

Research and Design

Matthew White

Matthew White is an actor, theatre director and writer. He has taught and directed at many of the leading theatre schools in London, including The Royal Academy of Music, The Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts. Directing in the West End includes; Top Hat (Aldwych Theatre), Sweet Charity (Theatre Royal, Haymarket), and Little Shop of Horrors (Duke of York’s Theatre). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Staging Musicals : An Essential Guide

Methuen Drama, 2019

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... and time-consuming process, depending, of course, on the complexity of the design (see Photo 5). For this reason some designers have assistants to help them at this stage. The results are often breathtaking. Most designers will start with a white...

Casting

Matthew White

Matthew White is an actor, theatre director and writer. He has taught and directed at many of the leading theatre schools in London, including The Royal Academy of Music, The Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts. Directing in the West End includes; Top Hat (Aldwych Theatre), Sweet Charity (Theatre Royal, Haymarket), and Little Shop of Horrors (Duke of York’s Theatre). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Staging Musicals : An Essential Guide

Methuen Drama, 2019

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...Casting is like dating; you have to feel a connection, a fizz and a warmth – you will be working together for a long time and you have to get along in a personal, professional, and creative way. Casting the show The musical is a unique...

Budgets, Schedules and Publicity

Matthew White

Matthew White is an actor, theatre director and writer. He has taught and directed at many of the leading theatre schools in London, including The Royal Academy of Music, The Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts. Directing in the West End includes; Top Hat (Aldwych Theatre), Sweet Charity (Theatre Royal, Haymarket), and Little Shop of Horrors (Duke of York’s Theatre). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Staging Musicals : An Essential Guide

Methuen Drama, 2019

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... team. Embarking on individual research; this will usually be undertaken by all members of the creative team. Organising design meetings involving the director, the design team and often the producer. Presenting the white card model. The set...

Rehearsals 1: Creating a Company

Matthew White

Matthew White is an actor, theatre director and writer. He has taught and directed at many of the leading theatre schools in London, including The Royal Academy of Music, The Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts. Directing in the West End includes; Top Hat (Aldwych Theatre), Sweet Charity (Theatre Royal, Haymarket), and Little Shop of Horrors (Duke of York’s Theatre). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Staging Musicals : An Essential Guide

Methuen Drama, 2019

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... presented the cast with edited highlights from various films concerning the life of Christ: Martin Scorsese’s The Last Temptation of Christ, Pier Paolo Pasolini’s The Gospel According to St. Matthew, and Denys Arcand’s Jesus of Montreal....

Creative Team

Matthew White

Matthew White is an actor, theatre director and writer. He has taught and directed at many of the leading theatre schools in London, including The Royal Academy of Music, The Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts. Directing in the West End includes; Top Hat (Aldwych Theatre), Sweet Charity (Theatre Royal, Haymarket), and Little Shop of Horrors (Duke of York’s Theatre). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Staging Musicals : An Essential Guide

Methuen Drama, 2019

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... Matthew White, David Charles Abell). (Photo, Nobby Clark.) A director must be able to command a room, delegate authority and make sure all the departments are on the same page. Plus, they must know how to get the best out...

Rehearsals 2: Songs, Scenes and Choreography

Matthew White

Matthew White is an actor, theatre director and writer. He has taught and directed at many of the leading theatre schools in London, including The Royal Academy of Music, The Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts. Directing in the West End includes; Top Hat (Aldwych Theatre), Sweet Charity (Theatre Royal, Haymarket), and Little Shop of Horrors (Duke of York’s Theatre). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Staging Musicals : An Essential Guide

Methuen Drama, 2019

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... they are collaborators and their creative input is often invaluable. Blocking a scene: The Addams Family, UK tour (Grant McIntyre, Dale Rapley, Cameron Blakely, Samantha Womack, Dickon Gough, Matthew White). (Photo, Craig Sugden.)...

Selecting the Show

Matthew White

Matthew White is an actor, theatre director and writer. He has taught and directed at many of the leading theatre schools in London, including The Royal Academy of Music, The Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts. Directing in the West End includes; Top Hat (Aldwych Theatre), Sweet Charity (Theatre Royal, Haymarket), and Little Shop of Horrors (Duke of York’s Theatre). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Staging Musicals : An Essential Guide

Methuen Drama, 2019

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...Producer At the heart of every theatrical enterprise there’s an individual known as the producerPlease note that when a new term is used for the first time it is emboldened and will be included in the index at the back of the book. who...

Musicals: Past, Present and Future

Matthew White

Matthew White is an actor, theatre director and writer. He has taught and directed at many of the leading theatre schools in London, including The Royal Academy of Music, The Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts. Directing in the West End includes; Top Hat (Aldwych Theatre), Sweet Charity (Theatre Royal, Haymarket), and Little Shop of Horrors (Duke of York’s Theatre). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Staging Musicals : An Essential Guide

Methuen Drama, 2019

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... gazes at a blank white canvas in the final scene of Sondheim’s luminous Sunday in the Park with George: ‘So many possibilities . . .’ Whilst there is no sure-fire way to guarantee the success of a musical theatre production, there are certain...