I've been trying to figure out a solution for our spring musical, and I think I'd like to a make a film version, so I could work with our broadcasting dept. I was thinking something like Godspell would be perfect since it's more like vignettes, with a flexible cast, and can be filmed mostly outdoors. I haven't checked yet on availability in terms of rights (filming, streaming, etc), but I'm not sure my public school system will approve Godspell. Can you think of any other musicals that would be easy to rehearse in small groups and would translate well to film, and the rights would allow us to do so? I already know the sound editing will be complex, but that's what my broadcasting dept is for��
All ideas and recs are welcome!
Cherie Ducote Firmin
Mandeville High School Talented Theatre Teacher
St. Tammany Parish Public School System
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I have no suggestions on shows to offer. I just wanted to offer a word of caution. The typical performance rights and the newly negotiated streaming rights that are being offered might not cover the film adaptation your are looking to do. Those rights are closely guarded. Often times those rights cannot even be granted through typical channels we are use to. Terminology will be important in your request. Just using the word "film" and references to editing might be enough to work against you in negotiations. It can turn into a tricky situation. I just wanted to offer that bit of warning.As an alternative, there are some great cuts of some Shakespeare that can lend itself to this. A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM comes to mind.Good luck! Reinventing these experiences for our students is definitely a new adventure for all of us!
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I have a suggestion for a show that definitely has the flexibility of Godspell. Bully No More! published by Concord Theatricals has nine animal characters. A chorus can easily be added, sets are minimal, and the costumes do not have to be animals. The story and songs inspire students to look out for one another, treat each other with kindness and respect, and hold onto hope in an imperfect and pandemic world. Social distancing is encouraged.
One of the appealing opportunities in the musical, is to create two opposing groups - the bullies and the targets in any form desired. Here is a U-tube song from the show, "I Feel Strong" to give you an idea of the style.