Behind The Scenes – Music Theatre & Technical Production | Sheridan

I’m Michael Rubinoff, the associate dean
for visual and performing arts, and the producer for theatre at Sheridan. Here at Sheridan, we’re training these
students to be professionals and go out into the professional industry on-stage and backstage. I’m Richard Ouzounian. I’m currently the theater critic for the
Toronto Star. When Michael Rubinoff took over as associate dean, and started to want to bring in outside professionals, he asked me if I would ever want to come
and do a show here, and I said, without a beat, “Yes!” and it has to be Merrily We Roll Along. Well, the great thing is, we need both
programs to create the exceptional work that we do in our Theatre Sheridan season. I like to say that on the music
theatre performance side, of course we see the performers on the stage In order for that to facilitate that
magic, and to have the shows look as
professional as they do, we need the tech production students, but without both elements, you couldn’t have the quality that we do
have. My name is Alana, and we are here in the wardrobe shop for Theatre Sheridan, working on costumes for Merrily We Roll Along. You get to learn how to work with designers, work with actors, work with
other crew members. So it’s a really good learning experience. It gets you set up for the real world. The great reputation that Sheridan has, we attract some of the best talent in the country and the world to come work with our
students. We had get to work with a lot of industry professionals at this school, which is so valuable. The Sheridan graduates come out very well equipped to deal with the world
professionally. The graduating shows they do in their
final year, he’s bringing in outside professional
directors and designers and musical directors and choreographers, so they’re getting the real experience. So, Sheridan, really – it doesn’t pretend to
show you the real world. If you’re theatre student, it shows you the
real world, and makes you a part of it. What makes Sheridan great is that it’s hard. It’s not easy to pass, it’s not easy to get
through, it’s not easy to learn how to manage your days. You’re working a 12-hour day, every day from first year to the day you leave. What’s fascinating about working with actual young people in a show about young people in their
career, is that it’s very emotional. When we get to the final scenes in the
play, which are the young people just starting out, we hardly get through a rehearsal without tears on both sides to the table from the
stage in from all of us watching them, because it’s so close to where they are
right now. They really focus on getting you into your body and figuring out how to tell a
story, and all the ways you can use every part of you to tell a story. ♪ Frank’s old friends always seem to come through. ♪ Playing the lead role in a very complicated Sondheim musical now is, I mean the growth I’ve experienced is
exponential. Sheridan’s music theatre performance program is transitioning from an advanced diploma program to a
degree program. One of the integral components to
the degree is a capstone project where our students will be engaged in developing new works. They won’t just recreate roles, they’ll actually create roles. So in order to prepare for that, the
Canadian music theatre project is Canada’s largest incubator of
new works. We’re inviting some of the best writers in the world to come to Sheridan to work with our
students, to create these pieces, so that our students are the very first people that sing the songs and deliver the
lines. Sheridan music theatre opens the door to performance for people, especially like myself, who didn’t know a lot about it, and for a young person – I mean, it’s
a dream. It really is.

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