Pop / rock performance, an advanced acting class taught by assistant instructor and former MaryAnne Piccolo ’05 with music director Elliot Roth, celebrates its sixth year this spring in a very other.
Piccolo’s THTR 356-01 course, Pop / rock performance, is meeting online for its second year… but that hasn’t stopped them from reinventing the virtual creative space again!
On May 20 at 7:30 pm, the class’s “Final Tribute Project Share” will be shown here on the MMC website as well as the class website. Grant here!
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the limitations of in-person performance, students were asked to create their own solo exhibitions in the style of a classic tribute production that could be seen on tour in a regional theater or headlining on a cruise ship.
Each student created a complete list and scenario, as well as lighting and multimedia designs. They also developed a social media marketing ad and recorded a full song from the show to feature. Viewers will be able to tune in to get a glimpse of the incredible projects these students have devised under such difficult circumstances. Video editing and live streaming technology is provided by Rob Buchwald, RBVG Productions Inc.
In previous years, the class has culminated in a high-energy concert, with a full band, and performed at a renowned live music venue in New York City. Past partner sites have included The Cutting Room, The Bowery Electric, Duane Park and The Bitter End.
In addition to the “Final Tribute Project Share”, a brand new project launched this year where students were invited to choose a topic of interest from “Pop / Rock History” to create a “Vlog / Video Playlist”. Each student filmed their own talk show style segments and incorporated pre-existing YouTube videos to illustrate their findings and feelings. Topics covered are “The Evolution of Boy Groups”, “Live Performances Against Studio Recordings”, “The Past, Present and Future of Pop Diva”, “The Gospel and Jazz Singers Who influenced today’s R&B artists, ”“ Women of Rock & Roll ”“ Pod-Scat ”and“ Pop / Rock and Broadway Musical Theater ”. See these projects here.
Please join us here for our live stream celebrating these students and their incredible work on Thursday, May 20 at 7:30 p.m.