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The Making of Nobody's Perfect

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The Making of Nobody's Perfect

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Based on the book by Marlee Matlin and Doug Cooney, explore the creation of the Kennedy Center's Theater for Young Audiences and VSA Arts production of Nobody's Perfect. This podcast series goes behind the scenes to look at how the book was brought to the stage, including how American Sign Language was incorporated into a lively musical (ASL captioning is included in every episode in this series). ARTSEDGE, the Kennedy Center’s arts education network, supports the creative use of technology ...
 
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A World of Music

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A World of Music

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From countries including Mozart’s Austria, to Grieg’s Norway, to Shostakovich’s Russia, a world of music can be experienced through a tour of Europe. Along the way, you will learn about how composers use tools like pitch, rhythm, key, and more! This multi-part audio series, hosted by NPR correspondent Scott Simon and National Symphony Orchestra Assistant Conductor Ankush Kumar Bahl, is part of the NSO’s Young People’s Concert: A World of Music at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing ...
 
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Arriving at the final stop on our tour, let’s look back at all the composers we’ve met and recall the music we’ve heard. In this episode, we’ll listen to excerpts from the concert program, and you will use what you learned about pitch, rhythm, mood and dynamics to tell us what you think each composer was trying to say. If you’ve enjoyed this podcas…
 
Everyone knows what it feels like to be sad, but what if you wanted to write music that expressed emotions without using words? On this stop in our tour, we’ll listen how Benjamin Britten used melodies sketched in his childhood notebooks to capture emotion in the “Sentimental Saraband” from his Simple Symphony. The final stop on out tour is Russia.…
 
Moving on to Norway in our tour, we meet composer Edvard Grieg. Grieg’s challenge was to write music that told a clear story without using any words. Listen as he uses music to help the hero of his story, Peer Gynt, escape from mountain trolls. Next stop, England.By ARTSEDGE: The Kennedy Center's Arts Education Network (dbx@artsedge.kennedy-center.org)
 
Hundreds of years ago, the world was introduced to the orchestra. It was love at first sound. Everyone was captivated by the never-before-heard sounds of some 20 to 100 musicians playing together. Before the orchestra, classical music was for groups of three (trios) or four (quartets)—tops! The invention of this much bigger musical group meant bigg…
 
In this episode, co-author Doug Cooney catches us up on the story of Nobody's Perfect. Based on the book by Marlee Matlin and Doug Cooney, explore the creation of the Kennedy Center's Theater for Young Audiences and VSA Arts production of Nobody's Perfect. This podcast series goes behind the scenes to look at how the book was brought to the stage, …
 
In this episode, go behind the scenes of Nobody's Perfect with director Coy Middlebrook. Coy explains ever step, from read-through, to blocking, rehearsal, tech, and finally performance. Based on the book by Marlee Matlin and Doug Cooney, explore the creation of the Kennedy Center's Theater for Young Audiences and VSA Arts production of Nobody's Pe…
 
In this episode, actor Tami Lee Santimyer gives her perspective on the story of Nobody's Perfect. Based on the book by Marlee Matlin and Doug Cooney, explore the creation of the Kennedy Center's Theater for Young Audiences and VSA Arts production of Nobody's Perfect. This podcast series goes behind the scenes to look at how the book was brought to …
 
In this episode, author Marlee Matlin, director Coy Middlebrook, and actor Tami Lee Santimyer talk about and show the process of how adults create young characters. Based on the book by Marlee Matlin and Doug Cooney, explore the creation of the Kennedy Center's Theater for Young Audiences and VSA Arts production of Nobody's Perfect. This podcast se…
 
In this episode, Learn about the unique approaches to communication between the crew, cast and audience of Nobody's Perfect from actor Tami Lee Santimyer, composer Debbie La Puma, director Coy Middlebrook and co-author Doug Cooney. Based on the book by Marlee Matlin and Doug Cooney, explore the creation of the Kennedy Center's Theater for Young Aud…
 
In this episode, director Coy Middlebrook and set designer Michael Philippi talk about the set and staging for Nobody's Perfect. Based on the book by Marlee Matlin and Doug Cooney, explore the creation of the Kennedy Center's Theater for Young Audiences and VSA Arts production of Nobody's Perfect. This podcast series goes behind the scenes to look …
 
In this episode, Nobody's Perfect authors Marlee Matlin and Doug Cooney and actor Tami Lee Santimyer talk about creating the character Megan. Based on the book by Marlee Matlin and Doug Cooney, explore the creation of the Kennedy Center's Theater for Young Audiences and VSA Arts production of Nobody's Perfect. This podcast series goes behind the sc…
 
In this final episode, Nobody's Perfect author reads and excerpt from her book. This episode includes text captions in addition to American Sign Language and spoken words. Based on the book by Marlee Matlin and Doug Cooney, explore the creation of the Kennedy Center's Theater for Young Audiences and VSA Arts production of Nobody's Perfect. This pod…
 
"When you're in a pipowerTheater/ece of wonderful theater your whole body responds to what's on the stage." In this Power of Theater podcast, part of the Kennedy Center Education Department's American College Theater Festival's summer intensive for playwrights, playwright Marcia Norman discusses the different forms and forums for storytelling, and …
 
"A playwright...first and foremost has to compel people." In this Power of Theater podcast, part of the Kennedy Center Education Department's American College Theater Festival's summer intensive for playwrights, playwright Lee Blessing discusses the difference between writing for the theater and writing for television and film. For more information…
 
"When you sit in a theater, you're sitting closer to a complete stranger that you ever would in your own living room. You haven't just seen a show, you've been part of something." Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? is the story of George and Martha, two of the most famous roles ever written for the stage. Over the course of one wickedly…
 
Come to this play with an open and pure sense of imagination, and it will embrace you." Since its first performance in 1953, Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot has generated controversy with its unconventional plot and disturbing themes. Audiences have reacted strongly, with many embracing the play, others rejecting it, but all debating its meaning…
 
"Theater at its best is always a mirror. It's a reflection of who we are." Twelve Angry Men deals with issues of prejudice and fear of "the other" but also promotes the ideas of debate and reasonable doubt. The characters in the play argue opposing positions with plausible conviction, and the audience members are left to decide their interpretation…
 
When asked to describe the work of August Wilson, actor James Earl Jones said, "...when he writes he leaves some blood on the page. You can't get that stuff out of yourself without hurt. It's not therapy; it's more like revelation." August Wilson was one of America's most significant and successful playwrights. Less than 20 years ago, he began an a…
 
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