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Ripped from the Headlines: From Sensationalism to The Scottsboro Boys

May 2, 2018

Signature Seminar

No other crime in American history—let alone a crime that never occurred—gripped the nation like the Scottsboro Boys’ story. In this intimate five-part seminar, go behind-the-scenes to discover the true story that inspired the musical. Separate the facts from fiction, examine the media’s role, hear director Joe Calarco’s vision, and watch history come to life at the final Dress Rehearsal.

Register early as space is limited.

Signature Seminar Schedule

Alabama, 1931: The World of Scottsboro
May 2, 6:30 – 7:30PM

87 years after the shocking true story, Kander & Ebb’s musical adaptation comes to the MAX Theatre. Meet director Joe Calarco, the production’s dramaturg and members of the design team as they talk about the history behind the piece, the media’s role and the transformative ways Signature’s production will go from page to stage.

The Way We Do Things: The Music
May 9, 7:00 – 8:30PM

Music Director Brian Whitted and members of the cast talk about Kander & Ebb’s incredible music and discuss the ways The Scottsboro Boys’ score differs from the earlier musical collaborations Chicago and Cabaret. Then enjoy a special private concert as they perform selections from the show.

It’s Gonna Take Time: Tech Rehearsal
May 16, 7 – 9PM

The actors have learned their lines, the carpenters have built the set, the electricians have focused the lights and the stitchers have sewn the costumes – take a peek as all the elements come together in a technical rehearsal.

Shout!: Wandelprobe or Sitzprobe
May 18, time TBD (daytime hours)

The cast meets the musicians for the first time to make some noise! Throughout the entire rehearsal process the actors and the musicians rehearse separately. After the technical elements are incorporated, the orchestra takes their place onstage and the musical comes to life.

Never Too Late: Final Dress Rehearsal
May 20, 7:30PM

You’ve studied the history, you’ve observed rehearsal, you’ve heard the music. Now, join the company as their first audience at the “invited dress rehearsal.” See how the artistic process wraps up when the final element is added – you!

Due to the nature of the rehearsal process, subject matter for particular sessions may change.