Lectures: Mon., 7:30–9:00 pm, April 25, May 2, 16, 3 sessions
Performance: Ride the Cyclone, Wed., May 11
Meaning in all written work is shaped by both the author’s intention and what the reader brings to the text. Plays and musicals are unique in offering a third dimension of meaning: that created by the director, actors, and designers. This course will focus on the musical Ride the Cyclone, with book, music, and lyrics by Brooke Maxwell and Jacob Richmond, directed by McCarter Artistic Director, Sarah Rasmussen. Before the performance, we will explore the function of musical theater in contemporary American life and analyze the role of music and lyrics in storytelling. Following the performance, the class will focus on the artistic choices made by the creative team to bring the musical from page to stage.
Tickets: Students will purchase tickets directly from McCarter. They will be given a promotional code for 10% off of tickets purchased for the performance on Wed., May 11.