Isabel shared so much about what is involved in making a musical, drawing on her experiences in the audience at professional musicals, her involvement in our school musicals and also community theatre. She also used some video and print sources that shed light on behind the scenes.
What happened behind the scenes of movies – Isabel discovered that she already knew most of the information and she hit a few brick walls. Instead, Isabel decided go into musicals instead because she felt that she could generate some deeper questions. Musicals are a whole lot of work! The behind the scenes people
Isabel created a diarama with props to help illustrate the elements of a creating a musical:
- painting sets
- special effects
Writers, composers, musicians, conductors, chorus singers…..choreographers, dancers……Makes the production truly COME ALIVE!
Sometimes elements are developed but then the director changes direction and everything has to be redone!!!
Special effects are usually a trick of the eye!
- secret doors and compartments on the stage
- special springy things and electric lifts that bring people out of the walls or sets
- special hallways behind stage that allows people to do scene changes and movement more easily — can look magical but it’s just
- lighting — can create a mood and develop a character (green light for scary witch)
Stage makeup stays on better than regular makeup, and you can be all covered in makeup, which makes you very hot under the bright lights. Wigs are fun, and also make actors hot. Sometimes actors will even dye their hair to match their wig! Costumes can also be very large and bulky — which again adds to the heat
Isabel connected to the acting we recently saw from Big Kid Entertainment — large movement is important so people can see from all parts of the audience.
A production is a BIG TEAM EFFORT
backbone — directors, stage crew, backstage (sets, costumes, hair, makeup, props, lighting)
Child actors: very stressful for them! Young to have such pressure because all actors can make or break a show!
I wonder how child actors can do all of this since they are so young? (Matt)