William Schreiber on Stadium Stock Exchange

by Rebecca Bernard William Schreiber, a senior graduating from the Vanderbilt Curb Scholar’s Program, took a few minutes to answer some questions about his Senior Legacy Project, the Stadium Stock Exchange. Interviewer: Give us the 20 second elevator pitch for...

Drop and give me 15 haikus!

by Elizabeth Long Lingo I had the wonderful opportunity to present my ideas at TedX Furman University last week.  At the end of all the presentations, their local student improv troupe offered mini-improv skits based on each of the talks. Here’s the one spoofing...

Vacation

by Rebecca Bernard I found myself in Niceville, Florida. It was a place I’d written about a while back. Then I was there. We had the top down and the sun was on us and all the surrounding earth. In a movie I was watching, the camera would pan to the side...

An Unstaged Reading

by Aidan Carr Looks like this. There have been a couple historical models for developing new musicals. In the so-called “Golden Age,” shows grew via the out-of-town tryout—a month or so in New Haven or Philadelphia where changes would be made by gauging audience...

What A Bookwriter Does

  by Aidan Carr The blueprint. If a musical is a house, the bookwriter is its architect; he also shares interior/exterior design duties with the composer and the lyricist. Most of the spoken language of the piece (most) falls under his jurisdiction, but he also...

Music is Sculpture

by Aidan Carr Writing music before the 20th century was a lot like painting—you had certain colors and certain brushes, and you painted certain things. Like painters, composers outgrew these boundaries—painters stopped painting things, composers stopped writing tonal...

What’s Being Adapted

  by Aidan Carr Opening credits. The film I’m adapting is called MAY. It is has a cult reputation of sorts—it frequently makes pop “Top 10 Horror of 2000’s” List, a horror-hipster favorite. This is actually how I discovered it—on such a list, the author ranked...

Making Musicals: An Introduction

by Aidan Carr For the next two months, my writing here will document the process of creating a new work of musical theater. This process is lengthy and not particularly glamorous: indeed, much of the groundwork and infrastructure for the project that this creative...

Students at the Oscars

by Harvey Burrell A recent article in the Wall Street Journal explored a group of students at San Francisco’s Academy of Art University and their contributions to the Academy Award Nominated film “Beasts of the Southern Wild”. “Beasts” was...