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The theatre and dramatic literature CCD provides resources for teachers and students to utilize within their classrooms and extra curricular programs. The collection focuses on resources to support utilizing current theatre and dramatic literature in the classroom. There are also resources to support creating theatre in your own school. For questions, comments, or requests, please contact the curator of this page.
Sora Collection: All the World's a Stage
The Sora collection provides access to our special collection ebooks. It includes fiction, non-fiction, graphic novels and scripts. More titles will be added soon!
Due to the current corona virus, most theatres and performing arts venues across the world will be shutting down. Here are some educational resources that are being available to provide access to the arts at this difficult time.
Dear Evan Hansen by
Publication Date: 2018-10-09
** INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER ** USA TODAY BESTSELLER WSJ BESTSELLER INDIE BOUND BESTSELLER From the show's creators comes the groundbreaking novel inspired by the hit Broadway show Dear Evan Hansen. Dear Evan Hansen, Today's going to be an amazing day and here's why... When a letter that was never meant to be seen by anyone draws high school senior Evan Hansen into a family's grief over the loss of their son, he is given the chance of a lifetime: to belong. He just has to stick to a lie he never meant to tell, that the notoriously troubled Connor Murphy was his secret best friend. Suddenly, Evan isn't invisible anymore--even to the girl of his dreams. And Connor Murphy's parents, with their beautiful home on the other side of town, have taken him in like he was their own, desperate to know more about their enigmatic son from his closest friend. As Evan gets pulled deeper into their swirl of anger, regret, and confusion, he knows that what he's doing can't be right, but if he's helping people, how wrong can it be? No longer tangled in his once-incapacitating anxiety, this new Evan has a purpose. And a website. He's confident. He's a viral phenomenon. Every day is amazing. Until everything is in danger of unraveling and he comes face to face with his greatest obstacle: himself. A simple lie leads to complicated truths in this big-hearted coming-of-age story of grief, authenticity and the struggle to belong in an age of instant connectivity and profound isolation.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts One and Two (Special Rehearsal Edition Script) by
Publication Date: 2016-07-31
The Eighth Story. Nineteen Years Later. Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne, and John Tiffany, a new play by Jack Thorne, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. The play will receive its world premiere in London's West End on July 30, 2016. It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn't much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children. While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.
Publication Date: 2016-04-12
Winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and Eleven Tony Awards, including Best Musical Lin-Manuel Miranda's groundbreaking musical Hamilton is as revolutionary as its subject, the poor kid from the Caribbean who fought the British, defended the Constitution, and helped to found the United States. Fusing hip-hop, pop, R&B, and the best traditions of theater, this once-in-a-generation show broadens the sound of Broadway, reveals the storytelling power of rap, and claims our country's origins for a diverse new generation. HAMILTON: THE REVOLUTION gives readers an unprecedented view of both revolutions, from the only two writers able to provide it. Miranda, along with Jeremy McCarter, a cultural critic and theater artist who was involved in the project from its earliest stages--"since before this was even a show," according to Miranda--traces its development from an improbable performance at the White House to its landmark opening night on Broadway six years later. In addition, Miranda has written more than 200 funny, revealing footnotes for his award-winning libretto, the full text of which is published here. Their account features photos by the renowned Frank Ockenfels and veteran Broadway photographer, Joan Marcus; exclusive looks at notebooks and emails; interviews with Questlove, Stephen Sondheim, leading political commentators, and more than 50 people involved with the production; and multiple appearances by President Obama himself. The book does more than tell the surprising story of how a Broadway musical became a national phenomenon: It demonstrates that America has always been renewed by the brash upstarts and brilliant outsiders, the men and women who don't throw away their shot.
Changed for Good by
Publication Date: 2011-07-07
From Adelaide in "Guys and Dolls" to Nina in "In the Heights" and Elphaba in "Wicked," female characters in Broadway musicals have belted and crooned their way into the American psyche. In this lively book, Stacy Wolf illuminates the women of American musical theatre - performers, creators,and characters - from the start of the cold war to the present day, creating a new, feminist history of the genre. Moving from decade to decade, Wolf first highlights the assumptions that circulated about gender and sexuality at the time. She then looks at the leading musicals to stress the key aspects of the plays as they relate to women, and often finds overlooked moments of empowerment for female audiencemembers. The musicals discussed here are among the most beloved in the canon - "West Side Story," "Cabaret," "A Chorus Line," "Phantom of the Opera," and many others - with special emphasis on the blockbuster "Wicked." Along the way, Wolf demonstrates how the musical since the mid-1940s has actuallybeen dominated by women - women onstage, women in the wings, and women offstage as spectators and fans.
Theater and Book Connections
Great articles promoting theatre and reading on a variety of topics. These articles cover a variety of books and age ranges. While some of these books may be incorporated into the CCD, please use professional reviews to help guide your own purchasing decisions.
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How This Collection Is Used In My School
This collection is used by a variety of parties within my campus school. Teachers who teach theatre or acting, use it practically to help support their curriculum. English teachers use the scripts, graphic novels, and young adult literature titles to enhance independent reading and units. Content teachers might search for a play on a particular topic. Students who have an interest in theatre or certain shows love to browse the collection. Overall, the theatre and dramatic literature collection enhances our ability to provide access to the performing arts in all subjects!
How Can This Collection Be Used in Other Schools
This collection can be used in other schools in a variety of different ways. Use the OPAC's Copy Category to browse all the titles in the Theatre CCD. In addition, you can bring a group to utilize the physical books in our collection or stop by the browse the collection personally with an appointment. If you need assistance with materials on a certain show or topic, please reach out directly to the CCD librarian, Lisa Egan, at Legan2@schools.nyc.gov. Finally, utilize the links on this page to reach out to arts organizations around the city and country for information on programs and other activities to immerse your students in the arts!
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