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Avenue Q: School Edition – Really?!?

Lisa Greenwood

My last entry was about the predilection of modern playwrights to rely upon blue language. My next entry was going to be about how this trend is making it more and more difficult to bring relevant theatre into the world of budding young theatre students and vice-versa. But then something ...

Too much 'salt' in the mix

Lisa Greenwood

For a playwright, words are the heart and soul of a character. My drama students are currently (hopefully) learning this as we delve into scene analysis before we even begin thinking about performance. The words are the key to all dramatic action – every impulse, every look, every gesture has ...

Those Who Can't Teach

Lisa Greenwood

“Those who can, do. Those who can’t, teach.” This flawed adage has suddenly found new life among those in the private sector who have discovered the “enemy” among public workers, especially teachers. The idea that the country’s pool of teachers comes primarily from a slew of failed private-sector workers is ...

A Simple Thank You

Lisa Greenwood

I breathed a hesitant sigh of relief a week ago when the school board announced its plans for budget cuts. Face it, the task was so daunting that NO decision they made would make everyone happy or protect all of the programs that impact the quality of education for kids. ...

Hang on there, Shutterbugs...

Lisa Greenwood

School plays are exciting events, especially if it's the first one that your friends or relatives have participated in. Most of us like to capture those magic moments for digital perpetuity with cameras, cell phones, and video cameras. If you're taking the camera along to an elementary school event, you ...

Turn it off, really, seriously...off!!

Lisa Greenwood

During our school theatrical productions, I am usually backstage managing students. My assistant supervises the students in the booth running sound and lights, and so has a great vantage point when it comes to seeing what is going on in the audience. After opening night of our spring production, he ...

Say it ain't so, Spidey, say it ain't so!

Lisa Greenwood

The Spider-Man Broadway Musical proudly announced that it has a title -- "Turn Off the Dark" -- and it goes into previews January 2010. Say ....wha??? Yep, here's the official website: http://spidermanonbroadway.marvel.com/ And there it is...the poster in all its glory -- proclaiming the music written by Bono and The ...

Waxing Philosophical

Lisa Greenwood

So there I was, willingly craning my neck at an angle that my chiropractor would cluck her tongue at and allowing Hannah to apply hot wax onto my bare skin. I braced myself and raised my eyebrows as she pressed strips of paper into the wax, then pulled. Ouch! With ...

High School Musical -- Redux

Lisa Greenwood

Think back to your high school days, and the buzz among the artsy performer types at your school as the selection for the year's musical was announced. Chances are, if you were in school more than a decade ago, you heard classic titles such as "Fiddler on the Roof," "South ...

No More Joy in Joyland

Lisa Greenwood

...the taste of sno cones, cotton candy, and popcorn mingled with late summer dust in the air......the smell of grease, the creaking of metal and wood, turning round and round and repeatedly glimpsing the grin of the clown......waiting, holding dad's hand, summer sun beating down making sweat trickle down my ...

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