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Franzen Bros. Circus

Cotton Candy and Elephant Stuff
In 1979, filmmaker Jan Krawitz produced a 29-minute documentary about Franzen Bros. Circus. Krawitz is a professor at Stanford University, where she directs and teaches in the graduate documentary film and video program. The Educational Film Library Association called Cotton Candy and Elephant Stuff “one of the best circus films ever.” The web site includes ordering information.

  • www.stanford.edu/~krawitz/CCES.html

People Near Here: Backroads Bigtop
Mountain Lake Television, a PBS affiliate in New York, taped a segment on Wayne Franzen and Franzen Bros. Circus in the mid-1990s as part of its locally produced program People Near Here. Videotapes of “Backroads Bigtop” can be ordered from Mountain Lake.

  • www.mountainlake.org/store/storefs.htm

Horse Cave Theatre (now Kentucky Repertory Theatre at Horse Cave)

Kentucky Repertory Theatre web site
In addition to news about the current season, the site includes a list of past productions by year and information about education programs, including Kentucky Voices, student theater workshops, the apprentice program, and student matinees.

  • www.kentuckyrep.org

Electronic Field Trip to Horse Cave Theatre
This 30-minute 2001 KET production offers a behind-the-scenes look at the theater organization. At the time the program was taped, Liz Bussey Fentress was rehearsing for the stage production of Liz’s Circus Story, and the program includes an interview with her as well as footage from rehearsal. The extensive companion web site includes additional information about the program as well as a guide to theater careers, a theater glossary, and acting exercises. You can watch a sample video segment and find additional ideas for using the field trip in the Drama section of the Arts Toolkit web site. The field trip is included in its entirety in the Drama Arts Toolkit, or you may order the tape from KET. Call (800) 945-9167 or e-mail tapes@ket.org for information.

  • www.ket.org/trips/horsecave
  • www.ket.org/artstoolkit/drama/preview/fieldtriphorsecave.htm

Stage-to-Screen Adaptations

Great Performances: Oklahoma
The web resources relating to this PBS Great Performances presentation include information about the adaptation of the musical Oklahoma to television.

  • www.pbs.org/gperf/shows/oklahoma/oklahoma.html

Masterpiece Theatre
This site has drama-to-film background pieces about several programs from the series, including Our Town, King Lear, and The Merchant of Venice.

  • www.pbs.org/masterpiece

Stage On Screen: Beckett on Film
This performance miniseries features a selection of seven notable short plays by Irish playwright Samuel Beckett, acknowledged as one of the most important and visionary writers of the 20th-century theater. A four-DVD set can be ordered for $149.95, plus shipping and handling, from WNET, (800) 336-1917, P.O. Box 2284, South Burlington, VT 05407. The PBS web site has behind-the-scenes interviews and other information on the Beckett programs as well as the Stage On Screen series, which combines TV adaptations of plays with documentaries about the process.

  • www.pbs.org/stageonscreen

Stage and Screen
A weekly BBC program focusing on musical theater and film music. The web site includes numerous interviews with composers, choreographers, producers, and others.

  • www.bbc.co.uk/radio3/classical/stagescreen.shtml

The Broadway Theatre Archive
An extensive online catalog of Broadway plays and great works of literature produced for television over the past five decades. Among the more than 320 available titles are anthology series produced for the three major television networks and PBS, including Great Performances, American Playhouse, and Theater in America and landmark performances such as Jason Robards’ Hickey in The Iceman Cometh and Dame Judith Anderson’s Medea. The library showcases such leading actors as Meryl Streep, Dustin Hoffman, Laurence Olivier, Robert Redford, Susan Sarandon, Kevin Kline, Richard Burton, and many more artists re-creating their acclaimed Broadway performances for television. The web site includes numerous streaming video samples.

  • www.broadwayarchive.com

Stagecraft and Television Production

Hollywood Homeroom: Producing Classroom Videos with Hollywood Magic
In four 15-minute programs, this series shows students how to use the video medium to demonstrate their knowledge in all the curricular areas. From pre-production planning to framing shots properly to editing the finished product, Hollywood Homeroom offers practical tips to make classroom videos outstanding. The programs feature classroom teachers and students in various stages of video production, who share their experiences and discuss issues beginners should consider. The series airs on KET’s instructional channel; check the web page for broadcast dates and information about related teaching materials.

  • www.ket.org/itvvideos/offering/tech/hollywoodhomeroom.htm

KET Video-Multimedia Resources Pages
Hollywood Homeroom is just one example of programs and services relating to video production available from KET. Also offered are in-school workshops on video production; a listserv; and MediaWorks, a monthly instructional program on video production. The Video-Multimedia Resources pages also offer links to numerous other online information sources.

  • www.ket.org/education/video-mm-resources.htm

Television Production Tips
From Northeastern Ohio Educational Television, this site includes useful information on shooting video for editing, cutaways, lighting, and creating storyboards.

  • wneo.org/video/Default.htm

TheatreCrafts
This web site created by the University of Exeter School of Performing Arts in Great Britain has numerous useful resources and links, from an extensive glossary of technical terms and a lighting design process guide to “techie humor.”

  • www.theatrecrafts.com

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