4 Theater Festivals to Visit This Year

There are all sorts of fans out there. There are diehard fans of many things. Things like TV shows, movies, songs, guitars, and even plays.

Interestingly enough, there are some times where there really are no limits to the fandom of some people. The team at White Night Nuit Blanche supports this wholeheartedly. After all, we continually pursue guitars in theater plays.

For this article, let’s check out several festivals that you can go to in order to learn more about theater plays and even guitars in them.

The Festival of New Musicals

The first festival we’ll be looking at is called the Festival of New Musicals. This festival has been going for 30 years! In this year, the 31st annual Festival of New Musicals will begin.

As the name suggests, this festival showcases the newest and freshest musicals in the world. Each one that makes it through will have 45 minutes to present its concept and songs, instruments and all.

Theater producers from around the world gather at this festival in order to see the next best musical that they can get. 

The beauty of this festival is that there is no cost. All costs are shouldered by the people who put together the festival.

There have been a lot of great things that have happened because of this festival. In all actuality, there have been more than 250 great things as these are the number of musicals that have been discovered. Along with that are some 500 writers who have found a way to a job.

As the statistics state, close to 90% of the theater plays and musicals discovered here has become a success with tours and recordings done for the album.

This festival will be taking place on October 24 and 25. Who knows? The next best guitar-themed play might be discovered here.

The Lift Festival

Next up, we have the Lift Festival. The Lift has been around since the early 80s, with the mission of bringing people together and questioning the status quo.

Through this festival, people come together to watch spectacular performances over more than six weeks. These performances also include theatrical plays and musicals, as the festival partners up with several theaters and art establishments in London.

The cool thing about this festival is their venues. Sometimes, it finds great nooks and crannies to host their shows. It has even used an abandoned golf course for it.

New York Musical Festival

Then we have the New York Musical Festival. This is a festival that aims to energize the musical industry by showcasing the year’s best new musicals.

The NYMF is a large festival. It is actually the biggest festival on musical theater in the whole of the United States.

Every summer it takes place in Midtown Manhattan. The festival hosts new creators and gives them the necessary funds, materials, and other resources to put together new musicals. These include marketing and advertising.

In this way, new shows are created and new workers either gain experience or find a permanent place.

Williamstown Theater Festival

Finally comes the Williamstown Theatre Festival. This one has been up and running since the mid-1950s. The goal of the festival has always been to revitalize old performances by infusing innovation and new ideas into the mix.

Each festival, workers are invited to work plays. These include artists, production design, directors, musicians, and more.

It is a time for audiences to enjoy an ever-evolving theater experience. It is also a way for the workers to hone their craft and find new ways of executing plays. Why not check out these festivals some time? You may learn something new, or just enjoy the experience as it is.

2 of the Best Guitar-centric Plays to Watch

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Some people have problems with reconciling their interests. For instance, some people may be interested in plays. While other people may be interested in guitars. Some think that there are no ways that these two interests can intersect.

However, in all actuality, these two things have already crossed paths.

Early on, guitars were able to sneak into modern plays and productions. In fact, the addition of the guitar – especially the electrical variation – has allowed for plays to become “cool” in a certain way. Adding rock and roll to plays is always a good thing.

Let’s take a look at three of the best plays out right now that you can watch to enjoy both the acting and the guitar playing.

Rock of Ages

We are sure that when the topic of guitars and plays came to mind that this was the first play that you thought of. The Rock of Ages play is the currently the quintessential play that puts the spotlight on the guitar and its playing too.

The play follows the story of Sherrie, a girl from Oklahoma who has dreams of becoming a famous singer. Things don’t go the way she plans and ends up as a waitress first. She meets Drew, another person who wants to be a singer but has severe anxiety.

It is a tale of life really. About how things can go wrong and that how when you stick to a dream and to hope, good things can happen.

It isn’t hard to see why that is. Looking at the tracks that are incorporated in this play, you’ll instantly understand.

For instance, you have rock and roll classics such as “We’re Not Going to Take it”, originally performed by Twisted Sister. There is also Hit Me with your Best Shot and Come on Feel the Noise.

These rock ‘n roll songs do a lot to inject some raw powerful energy into the play. It also allows for people to enjoy the play by singing along to the song that they know.

Speaking to the guitarists of the show, it really does seem that they are some of the biggest stars of the show. In recent interviews, they said that it felt like a concert and that the energy of the crowd really powered them up too.

Another reason why the guitars are so important is the fact that it is hard to find a guitarist nowadays who can play and shred as they did back in the 80s. Not to mention the confidence to actually play in a theater full of patrons.

Book of Mormon

The next play on the list came from the same minds of the people who brought us the vulgar yet enjoyable cartoon South Park. It is called The Book of Mormon.

This musical comedy follows two Mormon missionaries as they go through their duty of spreading the word of their religion. Did we mention this is taking place in a village in Uganda?

Initially, the locals are nonplussed by their preaching. They have bigger things to think about such as famine, AIDS, and those warlords who just can’t get off their backs. Then, the missionaries begin to add science fiction to the doctrine of the Latter-Day Saints.

From there, it is an adventure filled with religions, warlords, music, and raucous laughter.

The music of the play is actually helmed by Jake Ezra Schwartz. Through his work on the play, he has won a Tony and Grammy Award.   If you get a hankering to watch plays with guitars, why not start with these? You can also head to certain classical guitar festivals to hone your skills and watch some guitar-themed plays too.

2 Classical Guitar Events to Appreciate in Plays

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When guitars first came out, the first ones that people knew about were what we know now as “classical guitars”. Historical traces follow the origin of the guitar to Persia, where the word “Tar” meant an instrument that uses strings.

Much later, it found its way to Spain, where their own form of guitar classical music was formed in the 15th and 16th century.

This classical guitar and style of the instrument eventually gave way to the acoustic and electric guitars that are currently ubiquitous in our world and society.

Classical guitars are important, due to the fact that they were for a large part of some of the earliest plays being done. These were the operas.

The classical guitar may be a very niche form and style of guitar. Thus, there may be a need to return to it. If you want to learn more about it, you can attend several of these classical guitar events.

Who knows? The things you would learn and feel may allow you to either appreciate it in plays, as well as incorporate it to some of your own plays.

Classical Minds

The first one is called Classical Minds. This year, it will be taking place on October 25 to 27 in the Foxton Village Hall. This will be the first time in 15 years that the event will be taking place outside of Houston, Texas. This year, it will be the 15th annual Classical Minds event.

The event spans six whole days of classical guitar playing. In this event, famous and skilled players and teachers come to either perform for the attendees and even teach you how to be better with your classical guitar skills.

This event is open to people of all ages. Whether you are young or old, if you are interested in classical music or if you want to just enjoy the music, this will be for you.

You should get in on this action quick! For techniques, tutorials, and the like, you need to send an application that will lock you in.

Bath Guitar

Next up, we have Bath Guitar. This event is done by the International Guitar Foundation & Festivals or IGF. This group’s main mission is to spread the word of the guitar.

One way they do it is through the Bath Guitar event. The upcoming one on July 14 to 17 will host a number of performances that you can enjoy. Most of these performances showcase the talents of the younger generation.

We hope that your interest and appreciation in classical guitar only increases with these events. Apart from that, we also have guitar play events. If you still aren’t sure what we’re about, through our articles, we hope you’ll understand more.