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Sunday, May 17, 2020

Sunday Scoop Week of 5/17/20 The Latest Postponements and Cancellations Plus Current and Upcoming Alternatives to Live In Person Events and More

Cancellations 

New York 

Frozen the musical will not reopen on Broadway. There will, however, be a National Tour.

Postponements 

New York

Neil Simon’s Plaza Suite announced new production dates with stars Matthew Broderick and Sarah Jessica Parker, and direction by John Benjamin Hickey. Due to the ongoing Broadway shutdown, and the recent announcement that no performances can take place through the summer, Plaza Suite will now play Friday, March 19, 2021 through Sunday, July 18, 2021 at Hudson Theatre with an official opening night to be announced.

Current and Upcoming Alternatives to Live In Person Events and More 

1) Ballet Hispanico Announces B Learning Online

2) Battery Dance TV Free Weekly Virtual Dance Classes for Kids

3) Bombshell in Concert May 20 

4) Broadway on Demand Announces First Slate of Programming

5) Broadway Workshop Upcoming Online Workshops

6) Jagged Little Pill and Alanis Morrisette Livestream May 19

7) Off Broadway Alliance Awards to be Announced May 19 

8) The Sound of Music Crafting Corner

9) State Theatre New Jersey Offers Flex Tickets Pirates Creators Club

10) Story Pirates Present Daily Content for Kids Home

11) TADA Youth Theater Summer Classes & Camps Online

12) Theater Resources Unlimited May Panel Via Zoom 5/21

13) TheaterWorksUSA Launches New Education Intiative TheaterWorksUSAcademy

14) Two River Theater Storytime Where the Wild Things Are

15) Urban Stages Presents Benefit Online Presentations Now -18 and 5/22 - 5/24

16) Varsity Tutors Offers Online Classes Hosted by Astronaut, Leland Melvin May 19
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1) Ballet Hispánico 
Announces 
B Learning Online

School of Dance 
Online Dance Classes

The Ballet Hispánico School of Dance is the direct link to the organization's values of access, opportunity, and pride for all students interested in dance and Latinx culture. The School is an accredited training center that leads with a holistic curriculum for today's young dancer.

Classes are available for ages 3 through adult in all levels of training beginner through professional as well as professional development for educators:
  • Virtual Camps for Los Explorers: Early Childhood (Ages 3-8)
  • Virtual Technique Classes for Encuentros Students, an Open Class Program (Ages 6-18)
  • Virtual La Academia: Pre-Professional Training Program (Ages 7-23)
  • Virtual Professional Development for Dance Teachers (Ages 18+)
  • Virtual ChoreoLaB for emerging professional dancers (Ages 18+)
Virtual Dance Camps

Los Explorers (Ages 3-8)
This is the perfect adventure camp for both boys and girls - join us for this multi-sensory journey of the rhythms, stories, and wonders of the Caribbean, Spain, and Latin America! Dance camps will be structured, weeklong sessions (five consecutive days, Monday-Friday) with two hours of live instruction led by our stellar faculty, plus one hour of self-paced practice. Dancers will learn about Ballet Hispánico's professional company, exploring a different piece from the repertory that connects to the country of study. Live classes are scheduled 9:15am EST, and encompass creative dance, cultural dance, and music & songs. Recordings will be available on-demand after each class. Spend a fun-filled virtual week (or two or more) with us!

Virtual Technique Classes for Encuentros Students, an open Class Program (Ages 6-18)
June 1-26, 2020
Providing the young dance enthusiast with cultural enrichment alongside excellent dance training, the Encuentros Program at Ballet Hispánico offers something for everyone. Developed with the highest level of artistic excellence, our program supports dancers interested in taking anywhere from one to multiple dance classes per week. Offering a wide array of classes including Ballet, Flamenco, Afro-Caribbean, Hip-Hop, Latin Rhythms, Salsa, Jazz, and Tap, our students can create a tailored schedule to fit their needs. 
Last day for registration is May 27, 2020.
Financial Aid Scholarships are available to those who qualify.

Virtual La Academia: Pre-Professional Training Program (Ages 7-23)
June 1-26, 2020
Ballet Hispánico's Pre-Professional division, La Academia, trains eclectic, versatile dancers who stand out in a competitive field of dance for their mastery of the classical ballet tradition, contemporary techniques, Spanish dance, and performance skills. This program is designed to support students interested in attending performing arts schools, conservatory/university programs, and/or those pursuing a career in dance. High school and college-aged students that reach the Professional Studies Level in La Academia have the option of pursuing the full curriculum or one of three specialized tracks-ballet, Spanish dance, or contemporary.
Auditions are required for La Academia programs. 
Last day for registration is May 27, 2020.
Financial Aid Scholarships are available to those who qualify.

Virtual Professional Development for Dance Teachers
July 6-10, 2020
A week-long virtual opportunity for dance teachers to immerse themselves amongst fellow educators, share best practices, and further their teaching artistry. All educators welcome, from seasoned faculty to new teachers, community dance practitioners, dance education undergraduates/graduates, dance studio owners, and K-12 teachers.
Highlights Include:
- Observing classes taught by Ballet Hispánico faculty
- Developing class structures and lesson plans for all age groups and levels
- Benchmarks of early-childhood, elementary, middle school, and high school
- Culturally responsive pedagogy
- Engaging diverse learners
- Using music to enhance your teaching with an accompanist and a recorded music playlist
- Classroom management in studios, classrooms, and community settings
- Networking with educators in the field
- Teaching absolute beginners to advanced dancers in multiple dance genres 
- Best Practices for Online and Hybrid Learning 

ChoreoLaB 
ChoreoLaB has gone online and the dates have changed to June 15-26!
Virtual ChoreoLaB hones both artistic skills and professional excellence through a holistic program, which shapes hirable, competitive in-demand dancers ready to advance their careers. Dancers can face challenges getting hired if they lack the business skills to communicate professionally with artistic directors or create supporting application materials that best demonstrate their artistic strengths. In our Virtual ChoreoLaB program, dancers will have the opportunity to work with the company dancers, learn excerpts of BH repertory, participate in a mock audition with feedback from Ballet Hispánico's artistic team, attend virtual Q&A sessions and networking events, work with guest choreographers and artists, as well as be part of a virtual showing.
Last day for registration is Monday, June 8, 2020

*They are accepting video auditions until June 1, 2020.

 Financial Aid Scholarships are available to those who qualify.
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2) Battery Dance TV
FREE Weekly Virtual Dance Classes 
for Kids


In the wake of school closures, Battery Dance knows things are difficult for both teachers and students. As such, they will now offer free virtual dance classes for kids through Battery Dance TV in order to help keep minds and bodies engaged during this time.

Children will be guided through classes with our teaching artists across New York, helping to keep them active as well as connected in this time of isolation.

For elementary school students aged 5 and up, half-hour classes include: 

Hip-Hop for Kids
Mondays and Fridays at 3pm
Learn a new hip-hop style each week! Including popping and locking, dance hall, breakdancing, and more!
Teacher: Hussein Smko

All Kids Dance 
Wednesdays at 3pm
Learn to move your whole body. Stretch and learn dance moves and dance vocabulary. 
Teacher: Mira Cook

For more information and to view classes, visit http://www.batterydance.org/dancetv.
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3) BOMBSHELL IN CONCERT

REUNITES THE CAST OF NBC’S
“SMASH”
FOR A SPECIAL ONE-NIGHT-ONLY EVENT

STREAMING EXCLUSIVELY

ON PEOPLE.COM, PEOPLETV

AND PEOPLE SOCIAL PLATFORMS

IN SUPPORT OF THE ACTORS FUND

FEATURING 

DEBRA MESSING, KATHARINE MCPHEE,
MEGAN HILTY, LESLIE ODOM JR.
AND MORE

INTRODUCED BY RENÉE ZELLWEGER
AND
HOSTED BY JULIE KLAUSNER

WEDNESDAY, MAY 20 at 8:00 PM ET

The Actors Fund, the national human services organization that provides a safety net for performing arts and entertainment professionals, in association with PEOPLE, the No. 1 source of celebrity and entertainment news worldwide, is proud to announce a special one-night-only streaming event: “Bombshell in Concert,” featuring a reunion of original cast members from the now legendary NBC series “Smash.” This special event will stream Wednesday, May 20 at 8:00 PM ET exclusively on PEOPLE.comPeopleTV, and PEOPLE social platforms (Facebook and Twitter).

The evening will be introduced by two-time Academy Award winner Renée Zellweger and, during intermission, Julie Klausner of “Difficult People” will host a live, virtual reunion with the show’s original cast members including: Christian Borle, Jaime Cepero, Will Chase, Brian d’Arcy James, Jack Davenport, Ann Harada, Megan Hilty, Jeremy Jordan, Katharine McPhee, Andy Mientus, Debra Messing, Leslie Odom Jr., Krysta Rodriguez, and Wesley Taylor.

It has been five years since the iconic sold-out one-night-only live performance of “Bombshell in Concert” electrified Broadway at the Minskoff Theater — and seven years after the award-winning NBC hit “Smash” concluded its series — and now the company returns for an event to be streamed directly to the fans. Cast members will also discuss the show that brought original musical numbers to network television every week, which lovingly celebrated life on Broadway.

Bombshell, the show-within-the-show about the life of Marilyn Monroe, features a score by Tony and Grammy Award-winning songwriters Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, who also served as executive producers of “Smash.” The live one-night-only concert, held at the Minskoff Theater in New York City on June 8, 2015, included fully staged numbers and a full orchestra and chorus, and remains one of the most successful fundraisers ever for The Actors Fund.
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4) Broadway On Demand
New Streaming Platform Announces
First Slate of Programming:
30 Days of Opening Night

Broadway On Demand, the new streaming platform for theater devotees, is proud to announce its initial slate of programming entitled “30 Days of Opening Nights.” The platform, which officially goes live on Sunday, May 17, will offer an array of headline events, including the online streaming premiere of Broadway’s Allegiance, featuring a live virtual red-carpet starring original company members George TakeiTelly Leung and other members of the Original Broadway Cast (Friday, May 29 at 7:30 PM ET), as well as a special streaming presentation of Broadway’s Bandstand, with a live virtual Memorial Day celebration featuring very special guests. (Monday, May 25 at 7:30 PM ET).

Additional programming includes New York City Ballet Principal Tiler Peck’s ballet class series, “Turn It Out with Tiler” (daily at 1:00 PM ET), “Dream Role” hosted by Frankie Grande (Mondays at 7:00 PM ET, beginning May 25 with exciting special guests) and several Broadway on Demand Originals including the new series “The Craftsman” hosted by acclaimed Broadway photographer Matthew Murphy (Tuesdays at 3:00 PM ET, beginning May 19 with special guest, Tony Award-winning Hamilton costume designer, Paul Tazewell), the series “Broadway Fanatic” hosted by @BroadwayGirlNYC, Laura Heywood (Wednesdays at 3:00 PM ET, beginning May 20), the series “Acoustic Café” (Wednesdays at 7:30 PM ET, beginning May 20 with special guest, Tony and Drama Desk Award nominee and Theatre World Award winner Adam Pascal), and the upcoming premiere of the series “First Look: New Musicals.

Finally, Morgan Freeman and Usher are among the latest to join the star-studded lineup for the previously announced “A Night of Covenant House Stars” (Monday, May 18 at 8:00 PM ET), the benefit concert featuring more than 50 powerhouse performers uniting to sing and share a message of inspiration for young people in support and celebration of the Covenant House, the international charity providing housing, food and healthcare to children and youth facing homelessness and the heroism of front-line staff working around the clock to keep them safe during the COVID-19 crisis.

Sean Cercone, Broadway On Demand President and CEO, said, “When we first set out to create this platform, our goal was simple: Deliver a wide variety of quality, theater-related content directly into consumers’ homes.  Now, in this unprecedented era, that simple goal has transformed into a deeply meaningful mission.  BOD is a gathering place for both theatre lovers and theatre makers to celebrate, commune and share their passion for the form.  We hope our current and future members are excited about the ability to be entertained, moved, educated, and inspired – all in one place. More than anything, we hope that Broadway On Demand is able to provide a sense of community when we need it most.”

All events can be streamed directly at BroadwayOnDemand.com, where a complete schedule of events can also be found.
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5) Broadway Workshop 
Upcoming Online Workshops

MUSICAL THEATER WORKSHOPS - New Sessions!
with Sierra Boggess
Broadway & West End leading lady - Phantom, Little Mermaid, Les Miserables
Sunday, May 24th, 2020 - Session 8
11:00am - 12:30pm (Eastern Standard Time)
Ages: 15-22


Wednesday, May 27th, 2020 - Session 9 
4:00pm - 5:30pm (Eastern Standard Time)
Ages: 15-22


Saturday, May 30th, 2020 - Session 10 
2:30pm - 4:00pm (Eastern Standard Time)
Ages: 15-22


** All workshops are $90 and take place online through Zoom.

Sierra, along with the Broadway Workshop team, 
will work with each student one-on-one on audition technique and song interpretation in this special online master class. We will focus on giving students the opportunity to bring their audition and performance skills to the next level! This workshop is intended for seriously minded students.  

For more information or to register, visit 
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6) You Live, You Learn:
A Night with Alanis Morissette and ‘Jagged Little Pill’

A Special Livestream Event Benefitting The Actors Fund
Presented by American Express

featuring exclusive performances and conversations with
Alanis Morissette and the Broadway cast of Jagged Little Pill,
plus special appearances by Diablo Cody, Diane Paulus, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Tom Kitt

Tuesday, May 19 at 8:00PM ET


The Broadway musical has partnered with American Express to present a special livestream benefit event, You Live, You Learn: A Night with Alanis Morissette and ‘Jagged Little Pill’ in support of the Covid-19 emergency relief efforts of The Actors Fund (www.actorsfund.org/jaggedlittlepill). On Tuesday, May 19 at 8:00PM ET, the one-hour event hosted on the Jagged Little Pill Facebook and YouTube channels (facebook.com/jaggedmusicalyoutube.com/jaggedmusical) will feature conversations and exclusive performances from the Broadway cast of Jagged Little Pill and seven-time Grammy Award-winning songwriter and recording artist Alanis Morissette, who co-hosts the livestream with SafePlace International founder Justin Hilton. The event also includes special appearances by the show’s Oscar-winning writer Diablo Cody (Juno, Tully), Tony-winning director Diane Paulus (Waitress, Pippin), Olivier Award-winning choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui (Beyonce at The Grammys; The Carters’ “Apesh*t”), and Pulitzer Prize winning orchestrator/arranger Tom Kitt(Next to Normal, American Idiot).

You Live, You Learn: A Night with Alanis Morissette and ‘Jagged Little Pill’ is open for anyone to tune in and will be available to stream on Jagged Little Pill'Facebook page and YouTube Channel. The video will also be available for viewing on the pages after the event has concluded. Starting May 20, this unique live stream will live on the refreshed American Express Experiences hub which now includes virtual sports, entertainment and music experiences for people to enjoy while they are staying home. In addition to this special livestream event, the site includes historic sporting events, inside tours, performances, and more from American Express partners.

Jagged Little Pill is an exhilarating new Broadway musical inspired by the themes and raw emotions laid bare in Morissette’s seminal album of the same name, which celebrates the 25th Anniversary of its release this June. Driven by an original tale of suburban subversion by Academy Award-winning writerDiablo Cody(Juno, Tully), the musical’s story follows The Healys, a seemingly perfect family who strives to hide the cracks beneath the surface when a troubling event shakes their community.

For more information, visit www.jaggedlittlepill.com
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7) Winners for the 10th Annual 
Off Broadway Alliance Awards
To Be Announced

By Charles Busch and Julie Halston
Recipients of the first 
Legend of Off Broadway Awards in 2010

on Tuesday, May 19 at 11:30 AM

Register for OBA Awards Notifications 


New York: Legends of Off Broadway Award-winners Charles Busch and Julie Halston will announce the winners of the 10th Annual Off Broadway Alliance Awards on Tuesday, May 19 at 11:30 am. The winners will be announced via streaming on Facebook and YouTube.

Ms. Halston (Broadway’s Tootsie, You Can’t Take it with You, The Divine Sister) and Mr. Bush (The Confession of Lily Dare, The Divine Sister, Tony-Award Nominee for Broadway's The Tale of the Allergist's Wife) were the recipients of the very first Off Broadway Alliance Legend of Off Broadway Awards.

This year awards will be presented in seven competitive categories: Best New Musical, Best New Play, Best Musical Revival, Best Play Revival, Best Unique Theatrical Experience, Best Solo Performance, and Best Family Show. The awards ceremony will take place this Fall (date and location TBD).

In addition to the competitive awards, the Off Broadway Alliance has named Gretchen Cryer, Woodie King, Jr., Eric Krebs and Barbara Zinn Krieger as Legends of Off Broadway for their extraordinary contributions to the theater over many years.  Mark Blum, Wynn Handman and Julia Miles have been inducted into the Off Broadway Hall of Fame posthumously in recognition of their long and influential careers, and The Drama Bookshop has been named this year’s Friend of Off Broadway for its continued dedication to and support of the Off Broadway community.  

For more information or to see a full list of nominees visit  www.OffBroadwayAlliance.com
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8) The Sound of Music Crafting Corner

Over the last 60 years, The Sound of Music has filled hearts, theaters, and homes with warmth, laughter and cheer. In the coming weeks, The Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization is collaborating with influential fans of The Sound of Music to launch “The Sound of Music Crafting Corner,” an online resource that will feature a variety of crafts and activities inspired by the iconic property. Through music activities and various crafts they are encouraging families to create and have fun together during this time.

To launch the series, The Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization partnered with Kelly Mindell of Studio DIY to create marionette and guitar crafts using simple supplies found around the home such as cardboard, paint, and yarn. Kelly recreates the puppet theater scenery, adorable goat marionettes, and a fantastic cardboard guitar that kids will love! These crafts are the perfect accompaniment to a family move night with the classic film.

The full tutorial can be found HERE.

The completed crafts can be viewed on Kelly’s Instagram page HERE
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9) State Theatre New Jersey Flex Tickets
Buy Flex Tickets Today and You Get
20% Added Value + Pre-Sale Privileges!
HURRY—Available for a Limited Time Only!

State Theater's new Flex Ticket is redeemable for any show and costs $50, but is worth $60, giving you a 20% bonus. There’s no limit to how many Flex Tickets you can buy and the value on your Flex Ticket is valid for 5 years from date of purchase—use it for shows right now or for any show we announce within 5 years! Also, from now through December 31, Flex Ticket holders get to order show tickets a day before the general public—and they'll will be adding lots of new shows soon!
Here's How the Flex Ticket Works:
  • Good for all performances at State Theatre sold directly by State Theatre.
  • 20% Value Added to Your Flex Ticket—each Flex Ticket costs $50 but is worth $60 toward future show tickets!
...or more!
  • Exclusive Pre-Sale Period — order show tickets 1-day before the general public (members at the Benefactor level and above continue to receive pre-sales 2-days before general public), ensuring that you get some of the best seats in the house! This pre-sale privilege will be yours for any show we announce between now and December 31, 2020.
  • Redeemable online, by phone, or at our Guest Services Office (once Office is re-opened to the public).
  • You help support our theater now!

That's right, Flex Tickets not only get you an additional 20% in added value, but also access to buy before the general public! You may buy one Flex Ticket or as many as you wish, there are no limits.

Flex tickets are only available for a limited time!

For more information or to purchase, visit www.stnj.org/events/flex-tickets
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10) The Story Pirates Present Hours of Daily Content for Kids Stuck at Home


Since the pandemic began, the Story Pirates have been busy creating hours and hours of entertaining and educational fun. At a time when families have been cooped up for weeks, the  Story Pirates offer “screen time” that parents can trust: live improv performances, educator-approved writing and music classes, and a variety of interactive musical and sketch comedy entertainment for young people, refreshed each and every day.

Along with free streaming content via StoryPirates.com, the Story Pirates recently launched a Creator Club. This subscription service features continually updated activities that coincide with episodes of their award-winning podcast, writing prompts, live-streamed classes, improv, a daily radio show, and a video library to entertain and encourage creativity for kids at home. Aimed primarily at kids aged 6-12, the Creator Club offers extensive content for younger and older kids too.  A 30-day trial subscription is available now.

Every Creator Club activity invites kids to participate, from live interactive improv shows where the Story Pirates bring kids’ suggestions to life, to writing prompts and opportunities to connect with Story Pirates podcast hosts. Creator Collaborations invites creative writing collaborations and community art projects so that kids can write stories together remotely or perform other members’ stories. Every day at 11 am ET, Story Pirates Radio goes live, featuring fan-favorite songs, play-at-home games, hilarious bits, and listener shout-outs, to keep kids busy and engaged in between podcast episodes. These “radio shows” are archived on the Story Pirates Radio page.

Another new offering of the Creator Club is Story Pirates University with interactive live-streamed classes taught by expert Story Pirates teachers. Sessions include expository writing lessons, script school, and Music Monday, which features guest composers behind Story Pirates award-winning songs. In addition to the live classes, Story Pirates University features three video series with downloadable worksheets that help creators develop characters, learn descriptive writing, and expand their vocabulary. The acclaimed Common Core-aligned curriculum teaches the building blocks of creative writing, while urging kids to let their imaginations roam free.

The Story Pirates will soon release details about special summer programming: Story Pirates Creator Camp.

Visit The Story Pirates online for the latest news and podcast episodes.
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11) TADA! YOUTH THEATER OFFERS MUSICAL THEATER EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCES
AND SUMMER CAMPS TO ENJOY AT HOME
Register Now!

Families no longer have to be in or come to NYC to experience the joy and fun of TADA! Musical Theater. Now you can have TADA! right in your home. Upbeat small group classes and private lessons right in your living room. 

Ages 4-5, 6-8 & 9-12, Musical Theater Dance Series
During this 4-week Musical Theater Dance series, students will learn choreography from a different popular Broadway musical every week.  This class will build their technical and expressive skills, develop their artistry, and inspire them to communicate through dance.  You don’t want to miss this high-energy, upbeat Musical Theater Dance series! Ages 4-5, Musical Theater Minis - Dance Party! Thursdays, 3:15PM-4PM; Ages 6-8, Rising Star - Come On & Dance With Me! 4:15PM-5PM; Ages 9-12, Broadway Bound - 5, 6, 7, 8! 5:15PM-6PM; Dates: June 4, 11, 18, 25.

Ages 4-5, 6-8 & 9-12, Musical Theater Song & Dance Series
During this 4-week Musical Theater Song & Dance series, students will learn vocals and choreography to two popular Broadway musicals.  They will also train in daily warm-ups with emphasis on vocal technique, choreography, and stage presence.  You don’t want to miss this high-energy, upbeat Musical Theater Song & Dance Series! Tuesdays, Ages 6-8, Rising Star  - 3:30PM-4:30PM; Ages 9-12, Broadway Bound- 4:45PM-5:45PM; Dates: June 2, 9, 16, 23. Saturdays, Ages 4-5, Musical Theater Minis - 11AM-noon; Ages 6-8, Rising Star 12:15PM-1:15PM; Ages 9-12, Broadway Bound - 1:30PM-2:30PM; Dates: June 6, 13, 20, 27.

Private Lessons
TADA!  is now offering private lessons in the areas of voice, piano, dance and acting.  Once you book your private lesson with us we will set up a 15-minute consultation to discuss goals, interests, and scheduling.  Let us cater to your needs and skill level! Work with TADA!’s incredible Teaching Artists right from your home!

Open House for Summer Camps
If you would like to learn more about TADA!’s summer camps we invite you to join us for our next Open House on Saturday, June 6th, 2020 or Saturday, June 20th from 10am-12:45pm. Come and join us for a virtual sample class and Q&A with the TADA!’s Education Staff on Zoom. Ages 4-5: 10:00AM-10:45AM, Ages 6-8: 11:00AM-11:45AM and Ages 9-12: 12:00PM-12:45PM. RSVP’s are required in order to get the Zoom link.

For more information, including costs, please visit TADATHEATER.COM.
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12) Theater Resources Unlimited
May Panel via Zoom
Not-for-Profit Theater in a Challenging World: 
How to Survive and Thrive
Thursday, May 21, 2020 at 7:30pm

Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) presents the May Panel Not-for-Profit Theater in a Challenging World: How to Survive and Thrive on Thursday, May 21, 2020 via Zoom. Networking begins at 7pm and the panel starts at 7:30pm. Reserve a spot on the event page at https://truonline.org/events/not-for-profit-theater/ or by emailing TRUStaff1@gmail.com and you will be put on a list to receive the Zoom link.

With guest speakers Anne Dunning, principal consultant at ARTS Action Research; Jill Garland, nonprofit management consultant; David Mallette, partner at Management Consultants for the Arts, Inc. With the current crisis we are going through, we will certainly frame this discussion in the context of recovering from COVID. Other basics we will cover: nurturing and strengthening not-for-profit theater companies: the importance of understanding the shifting environment for the not-for-profit arts ... clearly defining and focusing on your unique vision and purpose ... flexibility and adaptability as critical components of success ... building partnerships and collaboration around shared resources as a strategy for recovery ... broad-based resource building and more. Come with questions for these extremely learned panelists, some of the top advisors in the not-for-profit arts world.

Zoom room opens at 7:00pm for networking and roundtable introductions of attendees - come prepared with your best 20-second summary of who you are, and what you need. Panel starts at 7:30. Free for TRU members; pay what you can, everyone else - to keep TRU up and running (and yes, you may click the button for a free ticket). Please use the bright red reservation box on our web page, or email TRUStaff1@gmail.com to be put on the invite list. (Note: Zoom space is limited so RSVP early.)
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13) Nation’s Leading Not-for-Profit Producer of  
Theater for Young and Family Audiences   
TheaterWorksUSA   

Launches New Education Initiative  
TheaterWorksUSAcademy 
Beginning May 21, 2020 

Faculty Includes:  
Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Bobby Lopez,  
Donna Murphy, Jerry Zaks, Judy Kuhn, and Joe Iconis 

TheaterWorksUSAhas led the Theater for Young and Family Audiences movement for over half a century by creating exceptional, transformative theatrical experiences that are accessible to diverse audiences on Broadway and throughout North America. Since 1961, the 501(c)3 not-for-profit has captured the imaginations of more than 100 million new and veteran theatergoers with an award-winning repertoire of over 130 original plays and musicals.  

During these unprecedented timeswhen schools remain closed, and audiences are prevented from gathering for any live productions, TheaterWorksUSA remains dedicated to pursuing its mission. The company has adapted to this current situation in a way that will benefit young audiences around the country now and for the futurewith the creation and launch of TheaterWorksUSAcademy. This Academy is a new educational space for children, young professionals, and families that is designed to, like TheaterWorksUSA’s live performances: build community, foster creativity, encourage literacy, and instill a love for theater arts. 

TheaterWorksUSAcademy begins classes on May 21. Registration is open now.  
For more information on TWUSAcademy, please visit: www.twusa.org/academyor contact academy@twusa.org. 

TWUSAcademy will launch with its first session of Master Classes includes Broadway luminaries and TheaterWorksUSA alumni including Stephen Brackett (Be More Chill, A Strange Loop, The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical),  Kimberly Grigsby (To Kill a Mockingbird, Head over Heels, Spring Awakening), Joe Iconis (Be More Chill), Judy Kuhn (Fun Home, Fiddler on the Roof, She Loves Me), Kristen Anderson-Lopez (Disney’s Frozen, Frozen 2, In Transit), Bobby Lopez (Disney’s Frozen, Frozen 2, Avenue Q, The Book of Mormon),  Donna Murphy (The King and I, Wonderful Town), Rob Rokicki (The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical), and Jerry Zaks (Mrs. Doubtfire, The Music Man, Hello, Dolly!).  

TWUSAcademy will also offer multi-week classes for all ages, with subjects ranging from creative drama to songwriting to audition preparation.  

  • Make a Story!, a class for elementary-aged students to explore how to use story elements from their favorite books to create an original play. This course extends from TWUSA’s exceptional success in adapting popular children’s literature, including Pete the Cat, Dragons Love Tacos, Junie B. Jones, and Dog Man into plays and musicals that have delighted millions.  
  • TWUSA: On Broadway, a class for young artists who are eager to immerse themselves in the magic of Broadway musicals, including TWUSA’s own The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical.Students will learn about the theater-making process while learning songs, exploring movement styles, and even meeting some of the artists from Broadway musicals created by TWUSA alumni.  
  • Musical theater artists ages 13+ can enroll in intensive skill-building courses such as: 

  • Audition Success,a class designed to help thespians, amateurs, and professionals alike,demystify the audition process and sharpen their audition technique.  

  • Songwriting, through individualized instruction using examples from musical theater and pop music 
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  •         DIY: Family Musicals!, will lead the entire family through the process of adapting your favorite story into a performance and recording under the guidance of a TWUSA professional theater director.    

In addition to the Master Classes and multi-week programming, TWUSAcademy is developing tools and programs that can be utilized by their extensive network of school and performing arts venue partners. These programs will help supplement curriculum and help teachers bring theater and the social-emotional benefits that accompany it into their virtual classroom. They are also developing tools, including original musicals created specifically for this time, for regional performing arts centers who are seeking to create virtual musical theater summer camps for their local communities. 

To register or for more information on TWUSAcademy, please visit: www.twusa.org/academyor contact academy@twusa.org.  
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14) Two River Theater 
Storytime: 
Where the Wild Things Are

WED, MAY 20 | 11:00 AM | FREE | FACEBOOK
"Let the Wild Rumpus start!" Sail along with Max to the land of the Wild Things as Associate Director of Marketing Jenna Castano shares this beloved classic. You may have caught this adventurous tale #SceneAtTwoRiver during the 2015/16 Season when Presentation House Theatre of Canada brought an adaptation to the Two River stage. The reading is suitable for ages seven and younger.

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15) Urban Stages Goes Digital
With Online Benefit Presentations of their 
Award-Winning, Critically Acclaimed Off-Broadway Plays 


Beginning with their production of 
DOGS OF RWANDA
Written by Sean Christopher Lewis, directed by Frances Hill and Peter Napolitano. 
with music composed by Abou Lion Diarra
Now – Monday, May 18, 2020 


Followed by 
DEATH OF A DRIVER 
Written by Will Snider and directed by Kim T. Sharp
Friday, May 22 – Monday, May 24, 2020


Available for FREE at 

New York: Urban Stages (Frances Hill, Founding Artistic Director) announces the release of critically acclaimed Off-Broadway productions on YouTube beginning Friday, May 15 at noon. First up will be Dogs of Rwanda, written by Sean Christopher Lewis, directed by Frances Hill and Peter Napolitano, starring Dan Hodge, with music composed and performed by Abou Lion Diarra (Friday, May 15 at noon  – Monday, May 18: noon). Next, Death Of A Driver written by Will Snider, directed by Kim T. Sharp, starring Sarah Baskin & Patrick J. Ssenjovu (Friday, May 22 at noon  – Monday, May 24). More information is available at urbanstages.org.

Suggested donations include the price of a regular ticket ($40), a benefit ticket ($425) or any amount,  big or small. Funds will go to providing free family-friendly educational programs (these formerly touring Outreach programs are now available online at urbanstages.org), the development of new theater by up-and-coming artists (also now available online), an online summer theater camp (coming soon), and resuming regular (or close to regular) activities as soon as it is deemed safe

Dogs of Rwanda was written by Sean Christopher Lewis, directed by Frances Hill and Peter Napolitano, starred Dan Hodge, and had music composed and performed by Abou Lion Diarra. The creative team included Frank J. Oliva (Set Designer), John Salutz (Lighting Designer), Ryan Belock (Video Designer), Kim T. Sharp (Technical Director) & Jeana Hillary Caporelli (Production Stage Manager),  Jenna Lowry (Assistant Stage Manager) and Sylvia Haber, Perpetuart (Graphic Designer). It’s New York premiere was held at Urban Stages March 9 – March 31, 2018.

Dogs of Rwanda will be available online Friday, May 15 – Monday, May 18, 2020, at youtube.com/user/urbanstages and urbanstages.org.

Will Snider’s Death Of A Driver follows Sarah, an American engineer, and Kennedy, an East African taxi driver. They strike up a friendship and embark on a journey to change rural Kenya by building new roads. But when a disputed local election lands Kennedy in jail and threatens the project, Sarah questions the integrity of their alliance and wonders how well she knows the man she thought was her friend. Death of a Driver is a bracing examination of "doing good" abroad, the limits of understanding another person, and what happens when personal and political obligations collide. 

Death of a Driver will be available online Friday, May 22 at noon  – Monday, May 24 at youtube.com/user/urbanstages and urbanstages.org. 
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16) Varsity Tutors Offers Online Class Hosted by Astronaut, Leland Melvin 
More Celebrity Classes Come Soon

Astronaut, Leland Melvin will be hosting a live class all about space on Tuesday May 19. Celebrity classes from Julianne Hough and Aly Raisman and more will be coming up soon.

For a video from Melvin's first class go to www.youtube.com/watch?v=4lOWjoUeatY

For more information, visit https://www.varsitytutors.com
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And that's the scoop. Tune in tomorrow for another Talking Topic.

Stay well! Stay safe!

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