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The Shakespeare Stealer
Gary L. Blackwood
0141305959
July 2000
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
This tale of a 14-year-old Yorkshire orphan sent by a rival theater manager to steal the as-yet-unpublished Hamlet in 1601 London "excels in the lively depictions of Elizabethan stagecraft and street life," wrote PW. Ages 10-14. (July) Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal
Grade 4-7AYoung Widge is an Elizabethan Oliver Twist with a talent for shorthand. Raised in an orphanage, he is apprenticed to an unprincipled clergyman who trains Widge to use a cryptic writing system that he's invented to pirate sermons from other rectors. Hired by a mysterious traveler, the boy is hauled off to London to attend performances of Hamlet in order to transcribe the script for another theater company. Naturally, all does not go smoothly, and in the...


Theater Shoes
Noel Streatfeild
0679854347
November 1994
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Book Description
Three orphans are forced to enter a theater school by their grandmother, a famous actress. Unable to pay the tuition, they are given scholarships from the now-grown orphans from Ballet Shoes. Will they be able to live up to their patrons’ legacies? The children are ready to run away—until they discover their hidden talents. Originally published in 1945.

Card catalog description
During World War II in England, three motherless children, whose father is reported missing in action, go to live with their grandmother in London and join the members of their talented theatrical family in a school for stage training.

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Forgiven
Karen Kingsbury
0842387447
Sept 2005
Paperback
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From AudioFile
In this second installment of Christian author Kingsbury's Firstborn series, Hollywood actor Dayne Matthews travels to idyllic Indiana to shoot a movie. Narrator Sandra Burr's smooth, intense voice reveals the disquietude in Dayne's life as he searches for spiritual guidance and seeks to reestablish his relationship with Katy Hart, who is in Indiana. As Katy and Dayne spend time together, Burr imbues each character with a distinctive voice. She highlights not only the seductive yearning in Dayne's tone, but his cynicism towards Katy's unwavering Christian faith. Burr breathes life into the character of Katy as her heartfelt emotions collide with her belief that a future with Dayne is impossible. S.M. 2006 Audie Award Finalist © AudioFile 2006, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine ...


Dora and Friends Movie Theater Storybook and Movie Projector
Ruth Koeppel
0794407838
October 2005
Hardcover
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Book Description
The book comes with its own removable movie projector and ten picture disks that let readers and their parents project images from the movies on the wall as the story is read. The projector includes its own built-in reading light so that book can be read even when lights are dimmed.


Paul Sills' Story Theater: Four Shows : with Theater Games for Story Theater by Viola Spolin

1557833982


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Book Description
The creator of Story Theater, the original director of Second City, and one of the greatest popularizers of improvisational theater, Paul Sills has assembled some of his favorite adaptations from world literature. Includes: The Blue Light and Other Stories * A Christmas Carol (Dickens) * Stories of God * Rumi.


Stage Fright on a Summer Night
Mary Pope Osborne
0375806113
Mar 2002
Paperback
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Book Review
Spurred on by another mysterious rhyme from Morgan le Fay, the magical librarian of Camelot, siblings Jack and Annie climb into their magic traveling tree house once again, this time on a journey to Merry Olde England--and Shakespeare's theater. Their quest? To find "a special magic" that will, "without wand, spell, or charm / turn daytime into night." Armed only with their backpacks and a book about 16th-century England, Jack and Annie manage to solve the riddle, save a bear from a cruel fate, and make their stage debut in "A Midsummer Night's Dream."

Following the wildly successful formula of her Magic Tree House series (Earthquake in the Early Morning, Twister on Tuesday, etc.), Mary Pope Osborne delivers another exciting chapter book for young readers (and read-aloud listeners). Additional information about...



Readers on Stage: Resources for Reader's Theater (or Readers Theatre), with Tips, Play Scripts, and Worksheets, or how to Do Children's Plays Anywhere, Anytime, without Scenery, Costumes, or Memorizing
Aaron Shepard
0938497219
June 2004
Paperback
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Dr. Suzanne Barchers, Author, Readers Theatre for Beginning Readers, and Publisher, Storycart Press
If you've been looking for a complete resource for readers theatre, look no further. Readers on Stage has it all.

Dr. William Adams, Director, Institute for Readers Theatre
Concise, clear, and practical . . . . Aaron Shepard has been recognized nationally as an innovative, skilled, highly successful practitioner of readers theatre.

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History of the Theatre (9th Edition)

0205358780


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Book Description
The Ninth Edition retains all of the traditional features that have made History of the Theatre a classic for over thirty years, including over 530 photos and illustrations, useful maps, and the expertise of Oscar Brockett, one of the most widely respected theatre historians in the field. Franklin J. Hildy contributes his scholarship and experience throughout the book and, in particular, to a discussion of English Theatre/Shakespeare (Ch. 5). Reorganized with more uniform chapter lengths and a clearer chronology, the ninth edition continues to provide the most thorough and accurate assessment of theatre history available. For anyone involved with, or interested in, the theatre.

From the Back Cover
The Ninth Edition retains all of the traditional features that have...


Rent
Jonathan Larson
0688154379
January 1997
Hardcover
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Book Review
This is by far the must-get theater book of the year. With dazzling punk graphics that will quickly win book industry awards, the volume contains the entire libretto of the Tony- and Pulitzer-winning musical about love and loyalty among starving AIDS-stricken artists in New York's East Village. But editors Evelyn McDonnell and Katherine Silberger wisely understand that the story of the show's creation is as compelling as the musical itself--so more than half of this volume is devoted to an oral history of the composer/lyricist/librettist Jonathan Larson, who came to New York hoping to revolutionize musical theater--then died of an aortic aneurysm the night of the show's final preview. It's an event book for an event musical.

-- Time
"The most exuberant and original American musical...


Essentials of Stage Management
Peter Maccoy
0878301992
November 9, 2004
Paperback
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Book Description
Essentials of Stage Management provides a step-by-step guide to a little-seen but essential role in theater. As Nicholas Hytner writes in the foreword to this volume, "nobody in the theatre has to know more about everyone else's job" than the stage manager. Peter Maccoy draws upon his extensive experience as a stage manager and as a teacher to lay out the functions and responsibilities of this key theatrical profession. Chapters cover the role of stage management, stage manager as manager, research and preparation, preparing for rehearsal, the rehearsal period, the production period, the performance and beyond, stage properties, safe practice, and contemporary practice. Includes a bibliography, six appendixes, and index.


Amazing Grace
Mary Hoffman
0803710402
Sept 1991
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
"Grace was a girl who loved stories." Empowered by the strength of her imagination and the love of her mother and Nana, this dramatic, creative girl constantly adopts roles and identities: Joan of Arc, Anansi the Spider, Hiawatha, Mowgli, Aladdin. When her class plans a presentation of Peter Pan , "Grace knew who she wanted to be." She holds fast despite her classmates' demurrals; Nana, meanwhile, reminds her granddaughter that she can do anything she imagines. When Nana takes Grace to see a famous black ballerina--"from back home in Trinidad"--the determined youngster is aroused by the performance, and wins the role of her dreams. Featuring colloquial dialogue and endearing characters, Hoffman's ( My Grandma Has Black Hair ) tale is truly inspiring. First-timer Birch contributes evocative, carefully detailed...


The Challenge of Effective Speaking (with CD-ROM and SpeechBuilderExpress /InfoTrac)
Rudolph F. Verderber, Kathleen S. Verderber
0534646972
February 8, 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
THE CHALLENGE OF EFFECTIVE SPEAKING is a classic in the field. Written by true teachers of public speaking who have been in the classroom for many years and who have adapted their methods to best meet the needs of their changing student body, this Thirteenth Edition stays true to what has made it a market-leading text for hundreds of thousands of students. THE CHALLENGE OF EFFECTIVE SPEAKING presents the speechmaking process in a six-step framework based on classical and contemporary theory. The straightforward writing style and effective use of examples enables students to understand and effectively perform key speechmaking activities. The six-step framework emphasizes topic selection, audience analysis and adaptation, effective research (including appropriate use of Internet resources), organization (with emphasis...


Writing Musical Theater
Allen Cohen
1403963959
February 2006
Hardcover
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Book Description
This complete guide to the modern musical covers the entire process of creating a show, from finding and working out the initial idea, through the writing of both songs and libretto, to the ways in which writers can market a finished show and get it produced. This comprehensive book, for the interested theatergoer and writers, new or experienced, is written in a lively and user-friendly style and illustrated with numerous examples, containing a how-to tutorial approach to its subject matter that has never appeared in print. With years of theatrical experience between them, Steven L. Rosenhaus and Allen Cohen have written the best and most comprehensive guide to the Broadway musical.


The Burma Road: The Epic Story of the China-Burma-India Theater in World War II
Donovan Webster
0060746386
September 2004
Paperback
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From AudioFile
From the fall of Burma to the Japanese in 1942 until the end of the war, the Allies strove to keep China supplied with matériel from India-by air over "the Hump," and overland via the Burma Road, which stretched 700 miles to the Chinese city of Kunming. Donovan Webster's account of American derring-do in this theater is fast-paced and engaging, the work of a first-rate storyteller. His throaty reading, however, is too rushed, as though he were trying to pack as many words as possible into this drastically condensed recording. It's still dramatic and entertaining, but it feels like only a half a story, one that might have been called ABRIDGED ON THE RIVER KWAI. D.B. © AudioFile 2004, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine --This text refers to the Audio CD ...


The One in the Middle is the Green Kangaroo
Judy Blume
0440467314
July 1982
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From Publishers Weekly
Squeezed between a big brother and a kid sister, Freddy employs newfound histrionic abilities to escape being "the peanut butter part of a sandwich." Ages 5-8. Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

Book Description
Lately second grader Freddy Dissel has that left-out kind of feeling. Life can be lonely when you're the middle kid in the family who feels like "the peanut butter part of a sandwich," squeezed between an older brother and little sister. But now for the first time it's Freddy's chance to show everyone how special he is and, most of all, prove it to himself!

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Burlesque and the Art of the Teese/Fetish and the Art of the Teese
Dita Von Teese
0060591676
March 1, 2006
Hardcover
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Los Angeles Times
"Dita Von Teese [is] the queen of the new burlesque renaissance."

Bizarre Magazine
"Dita Von Teese doesn’t just look like the ultimate vamp. She actually is."

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Wicked: The Grimmerie, A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Hit Broadway Musical
David Cote
1401308201
October 2005
Hardcover
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BroadwayStars.com
"The book takes you down the yellow brick road and behind the curtains of the great wizard."

Book Description
Wicked is not just a musical, it is a phenomenon. Every week 15,000 people pack New York+s Gershwin Theatre to see the show. The most successful musical on Broadway in 2004, Wicked is based on the bestselling novel of the same name by Gregory Maguire. It tells the story of Elphaba, the headstrong Wicked Witch of the West, and Glinda, the good witch, growing up in the Land of Oz. The show has cast a spell on fans, many of whom return for second and third viewings. In 2005, the show begins an extensive tour across the United States and Canada, hitting major cities such as Toronto, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., and many more.This beautifully...


Elia Kazan
Richard Schickel
0060195797
Nov 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
When the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences decided to give Kazan (1909–2003) an honorary Oscar in 1999, it rekindled the lingering resentment over his testimony before the House Un-American Activities Committee nearly 50 years earlier. Schickel, who produced a short film for the Academy's presentation and covered the controversy in his role as Time's movie critic, has virtually no sympathy for Kazan's detractors, arguing that HUAC was "a harsh and permanent fact of American life" in the early Cold War era and, more importantly, that Kazan was testifying against Stalinists, not innocent liberals. He also observes that Kazan's early efforts at self-defense may ironically have worked against him, sealing his image in the public eye. The biography's main goal, however, is to restore Kazan's artistic...


A Midsummer Night's Scream
Jill Churchill
0060501006
Nov 2005
Paperback
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Book Description

Suburban homemaker Jane Jeffry has a new interest -- the theater! -- even though her involvement only consists of tasting food that will be fed to the actors. Her friend Shelley's tired of the caterers she chooses for her husband's business meetings, and she's decided to test some new ones at the local theater -- with Jane's help. What an exciting scene it is, with off-stage feuds, ego trips, and power struggles adding to the drama as the company busily rehearses a surefire stinkeroo written by the troupe's clueless director. Then the plot takes a darker turn when a particularly rebellious young performer exits stage left -- permanently -- courtesy of a head-bashing killer.

Murder is the cue for Jane's longtime leading man, Detective Mel VanDyne, to make his entrance. But Jane and Shelley have their own roles...



The History of the Greek and Roman Theater.
Margarete Bieber
0691035210


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Band of Brothers: E Company, 506th Regiment, 101st Airborne from Normandy to Hitler's Eagle Nest
Stephen E. Ambrose
074322454X
September 2001
Paperback
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Book Review
As grippingly as any novelist, preeminent World War II historian Stephen Ambrose tells the horrifying, hallucinatory saga of Easy Company, whose 147 members he calls the nonpareil combat paratroopers on earth circa 1941-45. Ambrose takes us along on Easy Company's trip from grueling basic training to Utah Beach on D-day, where a dozen of them turned German cannons into dynamited ruins resembling "half-peeled bananas," on to the Battle of the Bulge, the liberation of part of the Dachau concentration camp, and a large party at Hitler's "Eagle's Nest," where they drank the madman's (surprisingly inferior) champagne. Of Ambrose's main sources, three soldiers became rich civilians; at least eight became teachers; one became Albert Speer's jailer; one prosecuted Bobby Kennedy's assassin; another became a...


Stage Makeup (9th Edition)
Richard Corson, James Glavan
0136061532
December 4, 2000
Hardcover
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Book Description
Widely referred to as the "bible of stage makeup," the timely revision of this classic text addresses principles and techniques in the use of makeup for the contemporary performer. This extensive exploration of the application and use of stage makeup, and makeup for a variety of performance venues, covers all aspects in detail and contains over 400 photographs, drawings, and diagrams demonstrating step-by-step procedures. Thoroughly updated and revised, this classic text remains accurate and comprehensive, providing information from which all readers - whether students to the field or seasoned, professional makeup artists - will benefit. For anyone involved in the Makeup of theatre, dance or stage productions.

From the Back Cover
Key Benefit: A classic in the...


Replay
Sharon Creech
0060540192
Oct 2005
Hardcover
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Book Review
Sharon Creech explores the hopes and longings of an introspective middle child from a boisterous Italian clan in this humorous, character-driven novel. Leo's family calls him "Sardine" because the quiet twelve year old often finds himself sandwiched between his more outgoing siblings. One rainy day in the attic, he discovers his father's teenage journal. In it, he reads that his careworn parent used to dream of being a dancer, a writer, a famous athlete, just like Leo! He also discovers a photo of his father's family that includes an unfamiliar girl in the background. Could it be the mysterious Aunt Rosaria no one speaks of? As he tries to untangle this family mystery, he is also preparing for his school play--a tale of an old man whose life is revived by weaving his childhood memories into stories for his neighbors. How can...


Biggest Brother: The Life of Major Dick Winters, the Man Who Led the Band of Brothers
Larry Alexander
0451215109
April 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
The commander of Easy Company, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, was the subject of Stephen Ambrose's Band of Brothers, the HBO miniseries made from it, and now this biography from a Pennsylvania journalist. Much of the book covers the same ground as the preceding work (Winters's command from Normandy through the Battle of the Bulge), but it also covers his youth in rural Pennsylvania, the Depression-era hardships he survived and the old-fashioned work ethic that stood him in good stead when he was drafted in 1941. Promotion eventually brought Winters to the rank of major and command of the 2nd Battalion of the 506th, and he was urged to stay in the army after WWII and again during Korea. But he settled down as a successful seller of livestock feed, raised a family and at the end of the book is still alive at...


Public Speaking : An Audience-Centered Approach (6th Edition)
Steven A. Beebe, Susan J. Beebe
0205449832
March 23, 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
This FlexChoice product features two components: a full-color book and a Website that includes two online chapters, audio clips, pedagogy from the regular Public Speaking, and many interactive activities. The new FlexChoice version of Public Speaking retains the distinctive and popular audience-centered approach of the full book, which emphasizes the importance of analyzing and considering the audience during the public speaking process. With an engaging writing style and numerous examples, this book serves as a foundation for speechmaking as it guides readers through every step of the process. The website includes the complete text of two chapters (18 and 19), pedagogy, many illustrations, sample speeches, online practice tests, flash cards of the key terms, and many other interactive activities. For public...


Ghost Soldiers: The Epic Account of World War II's Greatest Rescue Mission
Hampton Sides
038549565X
May 2002
Paperback
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Review
“[Sides] liberates his story from documentary and turns it into epic. . . . More than any monument, Ghost Soldiers is the memorial both prisoners and liberators deserve.” —The Seattle Times

“The greatest World War II story never told.” —Esquire

“[A] beautiful account of heroism . . . Sure to be a classic.” —Men’s Journal

“Riveting and patriotically stirring without ever slipping into mawkishness or sentimentality.” —The New York Times

“Thoroughly researched and artfully told. . . . A compelling story filled with colorful characters.” —The San Francisco Chronicle

Review
?[Sides] liberates his story from documentary and turns...


CBGB & OMFUG
David Byrne
0810957868
Aug 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
The inside cover shows a men's restroom with its urinals plastered in stickers and graffiti. The first photo is of the Ramones posing on the sidewalk, thumbs hooked inside the front pockets of their skinny jeans. It's punk-rock documented in all its glory in this fabulous chronicle of the happenings at CBGB & OMFUG, the dingy, legendary music hangout in Manhattan's East Village. In his introduction, Kristal, CBGB's founder and owner, explains that the place was "originally meant to be a country and blues club," but "is famous for being the birthplace of a new era of punk." Opened in 1973, the club's early years saw AC/DC, Blondie, Debbie Harry, Patti Smith, Television, the Talking Heads and, of course, the Ramones, of whom there are plenty of pics. The '80s brought Sonic Youth, the Smashing Pumpkins, Hole, Live...


Out With the Stars: Hollywood Nightlife in the Golden Era
Jim Heimann
0896595722


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From Publishers Weekly
For readers with an unquenchable fascination with the Hollywood of years past, here is a survey of the nightspots that sometimes became as famous as the stars who frequented them. The well-reproduced period photos, black-and-white and color, show us the Cocoanut Grove, the Trocadero, Ciro's and other popular clubs (occupied by many of their celebrated patrons), spanning the era from the teens through the '40s. Postcards, menus, matchbooks, ads and souvenir neckties also evoke the style of the times. The wide-eyed, somewhat pedestrian text seems to suggest that the stars of yesteryear did little but carouse till dawn. One photo, more ironic than most here, shows a very young, ebullient Ronald Reagan cheerfully escorting a somber-looking Susan Hayward "out on their first Hollywood date." Heimann wrote Hooray for...


Queen Elizabeth's Wardrobe Unlock'd: The inventories of the Wardrobe of Robes prepared in July 1600, edited from Stowe MS 557 in the British Library, MS LR 2/121 in the Public Record Office, London, and MS V.b.72 in the Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington DC
Janet Arnold
0901286206
October 2001
Hardcover
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