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147 Putting music on stage

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Live music, clicktracks and other music-making options

This time the Geeks discuss use of live vs recorded music for musicals.  Budget is always a concern when considering music on stage.  But what about quality? Some musicians are very good, but they may cost money.  You may be lucky enough to have volunteer musicians that are good — or not.  Likewise, some recorded soundtracks sound good, others, are pretty chintzy.  The Geeks talk about various options and considerations that can make or break your next musical.

146 – Care and feeding of community theatre volunteers

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Volunteers are the lifeblood of most community theatres.  Michael Beatty has worked with volunteers in all types of not-for-profit organizations (including theatres). Listen to the conversation and Michael’s insights in this lively episode.

 

Music provided by Music Alley.

 

145 – Putting history on the stage — conversation with playwright Michael Beatty

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Avery Brown, Drummer Boy of the Cumberland, Youngest Soldier of the Civil War

Avery Brown, Drummer Boy of the Cumberland, Youngest Soldier of the Civil War

Heartland: The Civil War comes to the stage in Northern Indiana later this year, and the Geeks asked Michael Beatty, the developer and playwright of this new original work,  to tell us about it, and about the process of bringing history to life. Heartland is based on the experiences of Northern Indiana people, and is being produced as an artistic work with an educational component.  It will be performed by South Bend, Indiana’s Acting Ensemble, as part of a five-month Northern Indiana arts & music commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War.

Join us for a fascinating conversation with a playwright with a passion, for history, education, media and the arts.

Read more about Michael’s various works, including Heartland: The Civil War, here.

More information about the series of events in our region pertaining to the Civil War commemoration, is here.

Music provided by Music Alley.