Faculty member Kristin Denslow of the English Composition and Writing Center will be presenting at this month’s Technology Square Table on campus. She’ll talk about how her Introductory Literature students as well as her upper-level Shakespeare students have been using TimeMapper in the classroom as a learning resource. The discussion is set for this Thursday (Oct. 15), from 3 to 4 p.m. in Instructional Services Room 1004. “We look forward to a great presentation, refreshments, and discussion! If you have any questions, or are interested in more information, email Kate Farley of Academic Technology Services.”
Music from Prof. Brian Sutton’s original musical Searching for Romeo — in the form of the song “Come and Get Me, Here I Am” — will be heard Monday, Oct. 19, at Green Bay Southwest High School. The fall choir concert, which begins at 7 p.m., will feature the various choirs performing songs from musicals, TV shows, films, and in one case a video game. The Southwest choir director, Brandon Rockstroh, was also musical director and the male lead in the 2012 production of Searching for Romeo in the Jean Weidner Theatre in the Weidner Center. Fans of the show might notice that “Come and Get Me, Here I Am” wasn’t in the version of Sutton’s show staged on campus; the composer/playwright added it for the New York City theatre festival version of 2014.
The Green Bay Press-Gazette has picked up Associate Prof. Brian Sutton’s latest play news — his original musical, “Searching for Romeo,” was named one of two recipients of the 2014 Stage Rights/NYMF Publishing Award from the New York Musical Theatre Festival. As we mentioned here recently, that means performance rights will be available through the Steele Spring Stage Rights company for professional and amateur theatre companies throughout the U.S. and around the world. After being presented as a staged reading in 2013, Sutton’s full play received rave reviews at the theatre festival this summer. Read more.
We’ve got more good news to share about Associate Prof. Brian Sutton, whose original musical, “Searching for Romeo,” earned rave reviews on a national theatre festival stage earlier this year. Now “Romeo” is the recipient of a New York Musical Theatre Festival/Steele Spring Stage Rights publishing award, meaning performance rights for the play will be available through the stage rights company for professional and amateur theatre companies throughout the U.S. and around the world. “Romeo” is one of just two musicals to receive the 2014 award. “We’re absolutely delighted to have these two titles join our catalog,” Roger Bean, president and founder of Steele Spring Stage Rights, said in a news release. “Both shows are producer and audience-friendly, and are a perfect fit for what we have to offer.” For more on Sutton’s play.
We’ve got several additional reviews of Brian Sutton’s original musical, “Searching for Romeo,” which wrapped up its five-show New York Musical Theatre Festival run this past weekend. The online “Times Square Chronicles” review is mostly favorable, and its author says “Romeo” could do well as a high school, college or community theatre production now that its NYMTF run has ended. As have the reviews before it, the piece praises assistant to the director Dan Drew, who stepped in at the (very) last minute to play the male lead when the original actor fell ill. You can read the review, along with three others, here:
“Clever and charming,” “hysterical” and “refreshing” were just a few of the words critics used to describe Brian Sutton’s original musical, “Searching for Romeo,” which wrapped up its New York Musical Theatre Festival run on Sunday (July 13). Sutton earned rave reviews from such websites as Broadway Spotted and Show Showdown — not to mention a mostly favorable evaluation from The New York Times. Audience members also praised Romeo’s run — one even asked for a recording of one of Sutton’s original songs, “Ordinary Man Like Me” to play at his August wedding. You can check out the reviews, here:
The New York Times
Associate Prof. Brian Sutton’s original musical opened to a full house and ended with a standing ovation Tuesday (July 8), as “Searching for Romeo” made its debut as a full production at the New York Musical Theatre Festival. The play also drew the attention of arts reporter Pia Catton of The Wall Street Journal, who interviewed Sutton this week for a story that hit the paper’s website just after Tuesday’s performance. Catton’s piece explores the plot of “Romeo” as it relates to Shakespeare’s classic tale, focusing on the role of women — in this case, the jilted Rosaline — in spinoffs of the Bard’s well-known works. Sutton, Catton writes, “focused on a woman’s perspective. Shakespeare often wrote women into his plots without making much ado about them as individuals.” Check out her story.
Tomorrow’s the big day for Associate Prof. Brian Sutton, as his original musical, “Searching for Romeo” opens on the New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMTF) stage. It’s the first of a five-show run for Sutton’s play, which debuted two years ago here on campus and enjoyed a staged reading during last year’s NYMTF. “Romeo” is now a full production at the festival dubbed “the Sundance of musical theatre,” and local news media are telling Sutton’s story ahead of the big premiere. Saturday’s Green Bay Press-Gazette featured a story and photo on the production, while Local 5 Critic-at-Large Warren Gerds posted a lengthy interview with Sutton completed just before he left for New York last month. You can check out those stories, plus our UW-Green Bay News feature, by clicking the links below:
Green Bay Press-Gazette
Local 5, Warren Gerds
UW-Green Bay News feature
We told you here last week about a Broadway World website write-up for Associate Prof. Brian Sutton’s original musical, “Searching for Romeo,” which will enjoy a five-performance run at the prestigious New York Musical Theatre Festival next month. As of Friday, there’s a new post on the site, this one with plenty of photographs of the professional cast. We’ve also updated our recent feature story on the play, adding a photo of Sutton along with the cast. Check out the latest Broadway World post.
The workshop “Teaching and Writing Effectively in Any Course” is being offered from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Friday (Nov. 15), in MAC Hall 301, open to all and hosted by UW-Green Bay’s Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning. Presenters are Joe Hardenbrook, Rebecca Meacham and Brian Sutton.
Hardenbrook, an instruction and reference librarian, will discuss the value of using Cofrin Library resources in writing assignments. Meacham, associate professor of Humanistic Studies, says too many students get hung up on “How many pages?” or “How many sources?” and would be better served by focusing on the “what.” One way to do this is by breaking the writing process into smaller assignments, including organization and thesis statements, integrating quotations, and writing about visual images — all in an effort to engage both writer and reader. Associate Professor Sutton, director of the Writing Center, will describes research studies which explore how various pedagogical approaches influence student writing, and then discusses the implications for teaching.