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Take Pride: 5 LGBTQ+ People Who’ve Influenced Musical Theatre

The month of June is pride month for the LGBTQ+ community. It’s a tradition that started with the Stonewall Riots in 1969 (which were led by black and brown trans women, by the way!). LGBTQ+ activists and allies have made historic progress for the community in recent years, such as in SCOTUS rulings Obergefell v. Hodges (2015) and Bostock v. Clayton County (2020). Many  people are familiar with pride parades and festivities but might not know that famous playwrights, actors, composers, etc. have also been part of the community. In honor of the many lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people who have shaped theatre, here are 5 you should know. 

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An Intern’s Thoughts on Our 2020-2021 Season

Joining the Renaissance’s team has been a little crazy, but so much fun. I started this position as the marketing and development intern just over a week ago, in the frenzy of the pandemic, protests, and preview— the 2020-2021 Season Preview, that is. I’ve learned so much about marketing and media platforms, and I’ve even gotten to connect with some of downtown Mansfield’s local businesses, which is really enriching. As a lover of the fine arts and a business student, this internship is such a great fit for me, and I’m excited to be in preparation for this upcoming season. I’d like to share my thoughts on some of the shows.

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Pictures Say A 1,000 Words: Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street was our first production of the season in Theatre 166, and it sure brought the house down! The initial showings were so popular that we had to add extra to accommodate the many people who desperately wanted to see it!

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This production was an amazing vision from Artistic Director, Michael Thomas. And, it ended up being one of the most photogenic of the year’s productions.

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Pictures Say A 1,000 Words: Frozen Jr.

The second “Pictures Say A 1,000 Words” blog is about our wildly popular show, Disney’s Frozen Jr. This production is from the MY Theatre troupe.

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For those who may not have heard of MY Theatre before, it has a wonderful back story. The youth group is led by Director Dauphne Maloney, who started it in 2006 with the first production in a church. In 2013, she brought the group to the Renaissance and began a lasting collaboration. MY Theatre is open to students ages 5-18 and its mission is to support students in gaining theatre experience in a nurturing environment, as part of a large production.

Frozen Jr. set records for MY Theatre attendance. Just take a peek at the Jeff Sprang Photography photos of the production and you will see why!

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The Great Battle of Wits and Mithridates

The Princess Bride is one of the all-time great movies. According to Wikipedia, “Over time, particularly with the introduction of the Internet, the film has become a cult classic. The film is number 50 on the Bravo’s “100 Funniest Movies”, number 88 on The American Film Institute’s (AFI) “AFI’s 100 Years…100 Passions” list of the 100 greatest film love stories, and 46 in Channel 4’s 50 Greatest Comedy Films list. In 2016, the film was inducted into the National Film Registry, being deemed as “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant”.

One of the key scenes in the movie is ‘The Battle of Wits’ in which Vizzini and Westley have a great dual using only their brains…and some Iocane powder. “This powder has no odor, no taste and will dissolve instantly in water.” If it were real, Iocane powder would be pretty effective at all sorts of misdeeds.

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[SPOILER ALERT] Westley ultimately beats Vizinni in The Battle of Wits due to taking small doses of Iocane for many years in order to build up an immunity to it. Did you know, though, that this process of building an immunity to a deadly substance actually has a name? It is called mithridatism. Continue reading

Good Vibes with Christmas Music

 

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You know you do it. We all do! Starting around mid-November, Silent Night, Joy to the World, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas all start creeping into our heads. We sing these Holiday tunes in the shower, in the car, or doing dishes. They just creep up without knowing it…but do we mind? Not usually because they make us feel SOOOO good.

Why do they have this power? Well…it is all science.

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What does “Bohemian” really mean?

The upcoming Mansfield Symphony Orchestra concert on September 21, 2019 is called “Bohemian Souls.” The definition of a Bohemian is “[one who is] socially unconventional in an artistic way.” Dvorak who was actually from Bohemia defines this. Tchaikovsky and his tumultuous life define this. Missy Mazolli who is breaking all of the rules in the composition world defines this. At this concert, you will hear TONS of Bohemian sounds.

But, the word Bohemian does not necessarily bring up sound. When I think of being a Bohemian, I want to wear loud prints, wear gaudy jewelry, and drink cheap wine in a dive bar in Brooklyn. But, why?  What makes the word Bohemian define such a visual?

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Arts Education in a Digital World

“Every day, American young people spend more than 4 hours watching television, DVDs, or videos; 1 hour using a computer; and 49 minutes playing video games. In many cases, youths are engaged in two or more of these activities at the same time. Little wonder this era has become known as the “digital age,” and Americans born after 1980 have become known as ‘digital natives’.”

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