Anonymous said: So I want to go into theater as a career but am really scared and I don't know what other jobs could be my backup. I don't even know how I'm going to get all the money for college anyway let alone go out of state into. Liberal arts school or a drama school. I thought about psychology but that's many years of school. I'm just really scared that I have no idea what I'm doing yet all my friends know there top three colleges and somehow know how they're going to pay for it.
This question has a couple of parts, so I’m going to break it up:
This is going to sound harsh, but here it is.
I know your friends are rubbing their acceptance letters in your face right now, but I went to high school with people who “had it all figured out” senior year. They got into out-of-state, very expensive schools and bragged about it every day to everyone.
Fast forward 6 years, and many of them either dropped out and went to the community college back home or they are riddled with crippling student loan debt. Not all of them, but many of them are unemployed or unfulfilled with their jobs. So seriously, don’t worry about those guys. Just focus on your goals and making your life better. You have just as good a chance to be successful going to a state university or even a community college.
Here’s a link that will help you pick a college. As far as paying for it, once you’ve applied to a few colleges, you can start applying for scholarships, grants, and loans at those schools.
We get the theatre question pretty often. Here’s our standard advice:
Most people associate salary with success, but that just isn’t the case. Success is being happy with your life and what you do every day. If theatre makes you happy, that’s really all that matters.
I know what you’re thinking. How will I pay my bills? That’s a good question.
If you want to go the traditional actor route, the reality is you’re probably not going to have a steady income. You’re going to have to go to auditions to support yourself, but if that’s what you’re passionate about and you work hard, you should be able to make a living. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported the average hourly salary for actors was $20.26. It’s not a doctor’s salary, but it’s not minimum wage either.
"Why is Hedwig not appropriate for me … It’s so hard to be a 6 year old who loves theatre."
Oh. My. God. This kid is perfection. Never change, little man; never change.
This kid watches more shows on Broadway than me. Mad props to his parents for bringing him to the theatre.
Lin-Manuel tweets about Ferguson with brilliant musical theatre lyrics
- Donate money to have those arrested in Ferguson released on bail. These people belong on the streets, especially at a time like this.
- Send a note of condolence to the family of Michael Brown. Let’s not forget the tragedy that started this.
- Donate to the Michael Brown Memorial Fund. This is an official fundraiser run by the Brown family’s lawyers. They are going through so much, lets make sure at the very least it isn’t a financial burden.
- Help get people on the ground. There are activists and reporters who want to do their part and get to Ferguson. Donate and get them there. I am so far aware of Zellie Imani, Zak Jemmott, and JR Valrey (a reporter for SF Bay View).
- Donate to the Ferguson Youth Initiative.The children of this community deserve better than to be gunned down. Make sure they get that in the future.
- Feed the children of Ferguson. Many children in America rely on school to get their meals and thanks to the civil unrest caused by the police, the children of Ferguson have been without school since Monday. These people want to make sure that doesn’t mean anyone is going hungry.
- Find a National Moment of Silence in your area. If one doesn’t exist, start one. Share this experience with others. Solidarity is important.
- Keep awareness up. Not just among the like-minded people on tumblr, this is something everyone needs to be aware of.
- Spread accurate information. There is a lot of distortion going on here and spreading every piece of information as it is reported only makes that worse. First and foremost make sure you are listening carefully, then share what is important and relevant.
If you are aware of any good causes or ways to help that I have missed, please reblog and add them.
you and i were meant to be
i wish i could have made you see
that in you god was very pleased
Lin Manuel-Miranda, the Puerto Rican, New York-born composer, rapper, lyricist, and actor just won an Emmy for his work at the Tony awards.
Now, if you’re playing the home game, this win means Miranda is now only an O away from the coveted EGOT. Only twelve people have attained this honor.
Emmy (Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics for the Tony awards)
Grammy (1x for In the Heights)
Tony (2x for In the Heights)
TIME TO GET THAT OSCAR, LIN.
Anyone remember the Disney version of Annie and they got Audra McDonald as Grace and she sings Maybe and Tomorrow to Annie?
uh, YAASSSS also kristin chenoweth is lilly st. regis, alan cumming is rooster, kathy bates is hannigan, and victor garber is warbucks. this adaptation is so under appreciated! it made me love musicals and is probably the reason i am in theatre.
I’m getting a lot of notes for this lately, so I’m reblogging it again.
i’ve seen a lot of people reblogging news from ferguson, wondering if the situation has changed at all. the answer is YES—massively! so i thought i would compile some updates, courtesy of alderman antonio french (who, less than 24 hours ago, was being [wrongfully] held in jail for alleged unlawful assembly). the time right now is 4:20AM CST, august 15th.
yesterday afternoon—thursday, august 14th—ferguson & stl police were taken out of control of ferguson and replaced with MO highway patrol, led by captain ron johnson, who grew up in the area. his first order of business was to order police to remove their masks and cease violent tactics.
orange cones replaced tanks, the police line vanished, not a drop of tear gas was in sight and families felt safe enough to have their young people out protesting with them. without the fear tactics and police intimidation, people came out in droves to support ferguson.
the discussion of mike brown cannot end here. the relief is palpable and the decrease of tension under johnson’s excellent leadership is a huge mercy, but justice has not been served yet. now, hopefully, citizens will get to work together with the legal system for swift and transparent justice for mike brown & the countless other black men & women across the nation who have been unlawfully treated, and in many cases died, at the hands of police. let all of us use the alleviated atmosphere to focus the conversation, focus the nation. #mikebrown
sunvapor said: What the fucks happening in Ferguson?
Alright, i’m gonna sit down and basically explain the situation in this ask so everyone of my followers knows why i’m so pissed.
Michael Brown, a 17 - 18 year old african american boy was unlawfully shot (8-10 times supposedly) by police in St Louis, Missouri on saturday, august 9th, 2014. He was unarmed, and had done nothing to attract suspicion other than the fact that he was black. His body was left in the street for 4 hours. (beware: somewhat graphic image linked)
There are several claims from witnesses (see: Dorian Johnson’s account and video [HIGHLY RECOMMEND READING UP ON HIS ACCOUNT, ITS VERY SPECIFIC] — Brown’s friend who experienced the situation first hand, La’Toya Cash and Phillip Walker— Ferguson residents nearby the incident), that fall together in generally close claims. However, the only one who’s claim seems out of place is the police officer’s who shot Brown. Who, by the way, is put off on paid administrative leave AND who’s name remained under anonymity for his safety (However, attorney Benjamin Crump is looking for a way to force release his name). He claims that Brown began to wrestle the officer for his gun and tried attacking him after he told Brown and his friend Dorian Johnson (22) to “get the f*ck on the sidewalk”.
According to Johnson, after a minor confrontation on the officer’s part where he grabbed Brown by the neck and then by the shirt, the officer pulled his gun on Brown and shot him at point blank range on the right side of his body. Brown and Johnson were able to get away briefly and started running. However, Brown was shot in the back, supposedly disabling him from getting very far. He turned around with his arms in the air and said “I don’t have a gun, stop shooting!” By this point, Brown and the officer were face to face as the cop shot him several times in the face and chest until he was finally dead. Johnson ran to his apartment and by the sound of his account, seemingly had some sort of panic attack. Later he emerged from his home to see Brown still laying in the streets. People were gathered with their cellphones, screaming at the police.
According to msnbc, the police refuse to interview Johnson at all, despite his amazing courage to come forward. They didn’t wanna hear it. They only listened to the cop’s account of it all and were vague with the media on what they thought happened. They’ve also refused to commit to a timeline in releasing autopsy results and other investigation information.
Numerous rumors are sweeping around such as Brown stealing candy from a QuickTrip, the store he emerged from calling the cops on him, Brown reaching for a gun, Brown attacking the cop first, ect. But these have all been debunked. (I know a lot of these have been debunked, but im having a hard time finding sources. if anyone could help out and link some legit ones id be SO grateful)
The event in and of itself was terrible, but now it has escalated beyond belief. Around 100 or more people, mostly black, went to the police station to protest peacefully. Things quickly turned bad as martial law got involved and authorities were bringing in K9s, tanks, heavy artillery, ect. The heavy police presence only made things worse as riots began to break out and looting and vandalism started. [ x ] [ x ] [ x ]
Now, as of very recently, the media has been banned from Ferguson. There is also a No-Fly zone above Ferguson for the reason of “ TO PROVIDE A SAFE ENVIRONMENT FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT ACTIVITIES ” as said on the Federal Aviation Commission’s website. Cop cars are lined up on the borders to prevent people from entering/leaving. Media outlets are being threatened with arrest. It completely violates our amendments and everything.
It’s becoming increasingly scary and difficult to find out whats going on over there. I’m afraid this is all the information I have, though. If anybody else knows anything about the situation, please feel free to add on or correct any mistakes i’ve made as i’m no expert on writing these things.
And as a personal favor, i’d really appreciate anyone to give this a reblog in order to spread the word. I think it’s a shame that this is going on in our own country yet so few people know about it. Help me make this topic huge and get this as much attention as possible.
James Monroe Inglehart, who currently plays Genie in Aladdin on Broadway, gave a speech and led the audience in a special sing-along of ‘Friend Like Me’ in honor of Robin Williams after Tuesday’s performance. I love watching this tribute; it captures exactly the kind of joy and sweetness Robin embodied in life, and it’s great to see that we will not lose these in his death. RIP Robin Williams, thanks for everything.
So today I saw Aladdin on Broadway. During a friend like me James Monroe Iglehart yelled out “This ones for you Robin!” And at the end of the musical James gave a small speech talking about how Robin Williams inspired him and then proceeded to lead the audience in a sing along to a friend like me in his honor.It was such a beautiful way to honor Robin Williams!
opening lines of the New York Times review from the opening night of the Broadway musical Applause.:
"Whatever it is Miss Lauren Bacall posses she throws it around most beautifully, most exquisitely and most excitingly in a musical called ‘Applause’."third paragraph:
"Seriously, Miss Bacall is a sensation. She sings with all the misty beauty of an on-tune foghorn. She never misses a note- she is not one of your all-talking musical dramatics- and although her voice is not pretty, it does have the true beauty of unforgettability. Her dancing is more conventional- she is averagely, if beautifully groovy. Her acting is her own thing."