WORTH: 3 points
WHAT: Three Essay Questions
Please read Chapter Two in its entirety. Please note that this Chapter Assignment is relatively brief but that much of the content in it will play directly into the Performance Critique that will be assigned later in the session and will be worth 15 points.
Below are two links to the same musical number from the same musical but they are two very different productions.
Based on 1) what your textbook says about the role of the audience and 2) what the supplemental material that is posted for this chapter states regarding the four different kinds of theatre organizations in this country, how should you, as an audience member, regard each of these productions critically?
In other words, write a brief critique of each of the two different versions of the same musical number, taking into account the kind of theatre organization that has produced each and tailoring your critique to that level of expectation.
A Non-Professional High School production of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying:
A Professional Broadway production of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying:
ESSAY TWO Hamilton’s American Audience
The American audience, as defined by your textbook and by me, has diverse and dynamic tastes in what they wish to see onstage.
Below is a link to a brief documentary on the multi-award winning musical Hamilton and its creator Lin-Manuel Miranda.
There is also a concert performance of this musical that the cast performed at The White House where viewers can get the change to truly hear and listen to some of the lyrics and contemplate some of the themes explored in this landmark musical. Some — both theatre artists and audience members alike — think this is one of the most important works of Theatre produced so far in this century. WHY?
To answer that question, you will need to watch the videos but you also need to support your answer with information from the reading. Answer as fully and with as much detail as possible.
Hamilton – A Founding Father Takes to the Stage : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0wboCdgzLHg
Hamilton Cast performs at the White House: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1R5dKwvtjlg
So, as you (and the textbook) see it, Who is the Audience? Answer thoughtfully.