It was opening night at the Hazlett Theater this weekend, but while all the people in it were checking, rushing, and preparing, it was the old building that was the focus. People were coming to see the show, yes, but the theater itself was the star this time around. After years of sitting in grand silence in the North Side, the New Hazlett Theater is reopening its doors and starting anew. Beginning in , when the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust turned the Stanley Theater into the Benedum Center, newly renovated theaters have been born in the spaces that once housed vaudeville show houses and early movie theaters.
The Hazlett restoration, however, was undertaken by a new non-profit organization: the New Hazlett Center for the Performing Arts.
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The opening of the — season at New Hazlett will continue a tradition for arts and performance that began on the very spot, in the very same building, years ago. Yet for all the rich history of the place, it might have never lived to be called New Hazlett Theater. When renovations ended in , patrons found themselves in a very different type of theater, one with a new name: the Allegheny Community Theater.
The space was rented out by various groups and grew to be known as a haven for public theater.
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From to , various groups took up the space, including the City Players currently the City Theatre Company , which was the first and only theater company fully funded and sponsored by the city of Pittsburgh, according to Conner. Students may also understudy the professional actors. Equity points may be earned through work with Syracuse Stage. You will perform in six well-equipped theatres, including the state-of-the-art Alexander Kasser Theater; the seat Memorial Auditorium; our seat amphitheater, and the intimate L. Howard Fox Theatre. Esteemed faculty include, Julio Agustin Matos, Jr.
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Julio has traveled from Minakami, Japan to Athens, Greece performing in shows or presenting at conferences. An already excellent program that keeps getting better. One of the best all-around training programs in the country. A truly underrated gem, each year The School of Theatre Arts produces two musical productions. Every other year one of these is a Faculty Choreographed Dance Concert. The department encourages students to audition for local Dallas-Fort Worth theatres while at TCU, if their semester schedule and TCU commitments allow time for outside work.
In rotation with our bi-annual co-productions with local theatres, Theatre TCU also produces a musical bi-annually at the seat Scott Theatre located in the Fort Worth Cultural District. If you're looking to be challenged in every best way possible, your first stop should be Boston Conservatory at Berklee. In the first two years of the program, students move through a four-semester progression of foundational courses in acting, dance ballet, jazz, and tap , movement on stage, voice and speech, musical theater repertoire, ear training, and piano.
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They also receive weekly private voice lessons with notable Conservatory voice faculty. Through crew assignments for mainstage productions, students gain an intimate understanding of off-stage work and the many details of running a show. At the same time, students begin to audition and perform in various Conservatory and Boston-area productions. No school in the country is doing better things to build their program more than Pace University. This program does an excellent job of preparing students for the rigors of the industry with coursework not only to make them better performers but also to handle the business end as well.
Courses include an introduction for senior musical theater students to the business elements of the entertainment industry. When we say that CCM wrote the book when it comes to Musical Theatre education, we literally mean it. CCM is the oldest in the country and was the first of its kind.
It was used by the National Association of Schools of Theatre in formulating the guidelines for accreditation of Musical Theatre programs nationwide. It is widely recognized for its "triple-threat" approach to training and many of its graduates are following careers as performers and creative artists in every facet of the entertainment industry. Beyond their mainstage performances, students have a vast number of performance opportunities. Students select the plays which they direct, design and perform. But the best Musical Theatre program in the country isn't just resting on their laurels, they're making constant changes to their program to improve it for their current and future students.
These were life-long Pittsburghers, now in their 70s and 80s, who as young boys were once enamored with the roar of the Pennsylvania Railroad, transistor radios, and rector sets.
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Now in retirement, they returned to this childhood fascination, spending two days a week at the miniature village, a place where they could live amongst mechanical ingenuity and play. Like the youthful visitors that surrounded them, the volunteers devoted hours to the trains, tinkering with the Pacific Steam or cleaning the wheels on the Sante Fe Diesel. Don Leech. Miniature Railroad Engineer. The group is made up of local retirees, and upon walking into their workshop filled with repurposed toys, tangled monofilament, and half-finished contraptions, it was if I stepped into a parallel universe.