How did you find out about Making Books Sing and what inspired you to get involved?
What programs do you teach for Making Books Sing:
I teach Literature at Play and sometimes you can catch me as Polar Bear and Roly Poly in If You Really Love Polar Bears.
Welcome to the first installment of a new blog series taking you backstage to introduce you to the wonderful team behind Making Books Sing!
Is Andy Serkis a Modern Mime?
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, the sequel to 2011’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes, is huge right now. With a 91% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, two straight weeks in the #1 spot at the box office and a total gross of $139.9 million dollars (as of July 23, 2014), it’s pretty obvious that the movie is a hit.
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Three weeks ago, I watched Fly by Night at Playwrights Horizons: A musical written
by Kim Rosenstock, Will Connolly and Michael Mitnick. The show was very well conceived, written, designed and directed. However, a couple of design related instances in the show got me thinking about the use special effects and technical elements in theatre.
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Through high school and my college education, I can proudly shout from the rooftops that I love to read. While growing up, this was not necessarily the case. During the progression of my elementary school education, I clung to every picture book I could find and had no desire to let them go. Reading was not my favorite subject in school and the only part of my summer vacations that I dreaded was being assigned reading for the fall. When I was younger, reading was not my favorite because my attention span for lengthy chapter books was at an extreme low. While I was never diagnosed with a learning disability, it would be a huge accomplishment when I completed a full-length novel. If there was going to be a single book I could enjoy, the first page had to take me away, or else elementary school Sarah would not enjoy it.
It’s summertime at Making Books Sing, and a lot of people tend to ask me around this time of year if things are slower in the Artistic Department than usual. Like a lot of theater companies, Making Books Sing’s mainstage season runs from fall through spring, so we do get a short break from our regular schedule of workshops, production meetings, auditions, rehearsals and performances. That doesn’t mean we we’re taking a break, though! We have several projects in various stages of development, and the summer is a great time to plan ahead and brainstorm for the future. So while we don’t have a show running right now, our office is as busy as ever.