Musical Theatre: The Process of Putting Together, and Being in a Musical

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Musical Theatre The Process of Putting Together, and Being in a Musical
Research:
Music
Song Writing
There are many different ways for writing a song. Often this varies depending on the type of song the writer is composing.
Sometimes the lyrics will be written first then a vocal melody written to accompany the lyrics.
Often the chorus will be written before the verses so the general mood of the song can be established and repeated through the chorus.
Instrumentalists
Usually the orchestral part of a song is not written with the first copy of a musical (Book) it is most often written when the musical has been chosen by a producer and the type of orchestra has been decided.
However if the composer has a firm view of the music –
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E.g. “Favourite Things” (Sound Of Music)
Musical Scene – Follow through the entire scene. E.g. “Dancing Through Life” (Wicked)
Research:
Design
Lighting
The lighting of a stage can set the atmosphere of the whole scene.
Whether the stage is a light yellow wash over increasing from 10% to 90% to represent sunrise, the dawning of a new day. Something as simple as this can suggest to the audience that there is a new start for someone.
Another example of the importance of lighting is at the end of Les Miserables. The white washes out the faces of the dead to show the loss felt by every character on and off the stage.
Stages
There are all kinds of different stages. The most common is the proscenium stage. This is a rectangular stage front onto the audience with a backdrop, with wings off to the left and right of the stage to allow the cast to go on and off the stage un-noticed.
Other stages can be more audience interactive, such as Arena (musical circuses) and Thrust (large rectangular stages with the backdrop against the wall and audience against the other 3 sides) stages.
Make Up / Hair
The Makeup and hair style of a character can help set the formality of the scene, can assist with the character development and can aid the overall colourfulness of the stage.
If a character needs to have the eye of the audience the costume will often be brighter and more individual to contrast from the chorus and other minor

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