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Mon, 12 Apr


St Martins Youth Arts Centre

Setting the Scene: How to Write an Opening Number

Another Op’nin’ Another Show, well Hello! Good Morning Baltimore and Welcome to the Rock Alexander Hamilton. Extraordinary opening numbers create musical theatre magic. But what makes an extraordinary opening number? This workshop led by Lucy O’Brien will break down the elements of setting the scene

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Setting the Scene: How to Write an Opening Number
Setting the Scene: How to Write an Opening Number

Time & Location

12 Apr 2021, 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

St Martins Youth Arts Centre , 28 St Martins Ln, South Yarra VIC 3141, Australia

About the Event

The opening number is the audience’s doorway into your show, and the world you’ve created. Composer Lucy O’Brien will take you on an exploration of different ways to open a musical, beginning with re-listening to old favourites, and to lesser-known productions. Lucy will break down some of the many choices involved in how to begin the show; the nuts and bolts that can be conveyed in that one song, and how to draw your audience into the world of your show. You’ll collaborate, writing an opening song to a well-known story together. The opening number sets our audience’s journey in motion, and Lucy has an innate understanding of dramaturgy making her the perfect guide to this all-important moment in the journey of your show. The session is practical, fun and suitable for writers of all levels. It’s also a great chance to meet and network with fellow musical theatre writers.

In-person workshop, $60 - spaces are limited so book now.


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