Spamalot – Going Beyond the Script

Going Beyond the Script Spamalot Backdrops and Scenery Perspectives Written by: Melanie Simmons Arthurian legends have captured imaginations for centuries and there’s no shortage of stage adaptations based on such romantic and adventurous lore. However, one stands alone as an unruly, unabashed crowd-pleaser suitable for any theatre company’s repertoire! Spamalot utilizes Monty Python’s singularly brazen sense of…

Sister Act – Going Beyond the Script

Going Beyond the Script Sister Act Backdrops and Scenery Perspectives Written by: Melanie Simmons Anyone who doesn’t think “church” and “entertainment” go together hasn’t seen the musical Sister Act!  The musical was based on the original 1992 feature film, starring Whoopie Goldberg, but it underwent significant adaptation for Broadway. The stage version first premiered in California in…

Saturday Night Fever – Going Beyond the Script

Going Beyond the Script Saturday Night Fever Backdrops and Scenery Perspectives Written by: Melanie Simmons It’s 1976 and disco fever is sweeping the nation. Few films captured this cultural phenomenon like Saturday Night Fever. John Badham’s 1977 film enjoyed enormous commercial success. The film spread the popularity of disco worldwide. It also launched its star, John Travolta, into…

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee: Going Beyond the Script

Going Beyond the Script The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee Backdrops and Scenery Perspectives Written by: Melanie Simmons Is everybody ready for some P-A-N-D-E-M-O-N-I-U-M?  Well, dust off your dictionaries. It’s time for The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee! This rowdy musical – set in a long, single act – is ideal for the young…

High School Musical: Going Beyond the Script

Going Beyond the Script High School Musical Backdrops and Scenery Perspectives Written by: Melanie Simmons Nobody expected a Disney Channel movie to take the world by storm, but that’s exactly what happened with High School Musical! This pop musical sensation, directed by Kenny Ortega, captured the hearts of countless teens and tweens and spawned a franchise that…

Grease: Going Beyond the Script

Going Beyond the Script Grease Backdrops and Scenery Perspectives Written by: Melanie Simmons If there’s any American musical that needs no introduction, it’s Grease! Written in 1971 by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey, Grease came about as an ode to 1950’s nostalgia and the everlasting lure of youth and teenage drama. Despite its glossy veneer, Grease commands…