Musical Scene Study on Film: A Multi-Media Lecture exploring the Marriage of a Traditional and Contemporary Artform

Interactive Workshop by Tom Alsip - Director of Musical Theatre, Assistant Professor at the University of New Hampshire (USA).

Musical Scene Study on Film: A Multi-Media Lecture exploring the Marriage of a Traditional and Contemporary Artform

Tom is the Director of the Musical Theatre program at the University of New Hampshire. A graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, Tom worked for a decade as a performer in NYC. He toured with Jesus Christ Superstar and The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe and created roles in the original cast recording of When Push Comes to Shove and the Off-Broadway production of Wood!. He earned his MFA in directing from the University of Alabama, directed professionally across the United States. He is a proud member of AEA and SDC and is a member of the Editorial Board for the Southern Theatre Magazine. 

Musical Scene Study on Film is a 60-minute workshop that studies the way that musicals and musical scenes are presented in the medium of film. In the workshop, we will define musicals and musical scenes ascertaining what they are, what they are not, their purpose and how they differ from similar styles of content. The method for studying these films will be through the viewing of film clips that show different approaches to present musicals and musical scenes on film, starting with old movie musicals and continuing all the way to modern musical works like Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. We will examine the ways musicals used to be put on film, the changes that have been made in putting musicals on film today and the transition styles that work well, as well as those that perhaps are less successful. The goal of the workshop is to better understand the history of musical scenes on film and to gain a greater appreciation for successful methods of dealing with the stage to screen transition. As the musical film renaissance continues, better understanding and appreciating their style, form and makeup will help individuals who have an interest in studying, watching and being a part of musical films of the future.

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