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    American Music Theatre to Open in Pennsylvania

    Long famous as Amish country, Lancaster, Pennsylvania is about to add a major new tourist attraction: the $10 million American Music Theatre, a 1,600-seat facility scheduled to open April 12 with the musical showcase "From Branson to

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    And the nominees should be... Back Stage West honors the best in motion picture casting. Too bad the Academy doesn't do the same.

    In what has become an annual celebration, Back Stage West honors the best in motion picture casting for the fourth year in a row. As we approach the 72nd annual Academy Awards, it strikes us as extremely unfortunate that one of the most important areas of filmmaking continues to go ...

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    FEATURE: Joining the Circus

    It's not a matter of packing your suitcase and grabbing the next train anymore-there are demo reels, training programs, and, as with any career, lots of preparation

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    Digital Filmmakers Offer Stay-at-Home Incentives

    At a time when California must compete in the global marketplace for the production dollar, and when the success of independent films is pushing Hollywood to open its doors to more alternative filmmaking, a group of influential artists have been gathering to help usher Hollywood into the new era, and ...

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    PLAYWRIGHTS' CORNER - Two Useful Books

    Most books on the craft of dramatic writing leave me cold. Some I think wrong-headedly discuss playwriting as a branch of literature. (I don't think it is; I think it's an extension of acting.) Some offer prescriptive formulae that encourage cookie-cutter construction. (Syd Field and his paradigm come ...

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    Non-Traditional Casting Updating Actors Files

    The Non-Traditional Casting Project (NTCP), established in 1987, is updating its Artists Files, a national talent bank. Artists of color (African-American, Asian/Pacific Islander, Latino, and Native American) and artists who are deaf or hard of hearing, are blind, or suffer from low vision, or who are ambulatory disabled, are ...

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    End of the Year: A Time for Reflection and Celebration

    Notice how the start of a new year motivates us--in a positive way--to do things differently with our lives: "This year I'm going to pursue my acting career full time," or, "Starting in January, I'm going to start taking dance lessons again," or, "My New Year's resolution ...

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