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Musical Libretto Format The Perfect? Show Boat is nearly ninety, and while it certainly broke new ground, it was hardly The First Musical. Stage plays suffer, to a much lesser extent than musicals, from a similar lack of an industry standard.
The typesetting must make it immediately clear which is which. Putting aside the well-known fact that text set in all uppercase is more difficult to read than text set in sentence case, in the 21st Century we have the added drawback that all-caps is the typographical equivalent of shouting.
There are at least five different types of information on the page, doing five different things — song title, character name, spoken dialogue, sung lyrics, and stage directions — but the page is a typographical and hence comprehension nightmare.
By setting the song title in bold underlined uppercase, and the stage directions in flush-left lowercase italics, those two types of information have their own distinctive look and feel, which encourages faster scanning, interpretation, and comprehension by the reader.
Page 24 of the Lucky Stiff librettoon the other hand, provides a good example of what not to do in this regard: Towards an Industry Standard for Musical Theatre The film industry learned early on in its evolution that adopting a standard format would reap many benefits for writers, producers, actors, and directors alike.
For writers, the standard format helps level the playing field: For producers, having a standard format helps identify experienced writers who know to, and know how to, use the formatand even affords a quick and remarkably accurate estimate of the duration of the film based solely on page count.
For actors and directors — indeed, any creative artists involved in film production — a standard format provides a consistent and comfortable way of parsing out relevant information from the script, as efficiently as possible.
Personally, I would love to see the musical theatre industry develop, discuss, and ultimately adopt a standard for librettos based on established facts about typography and comprehension.The Perfect (?) Musical Libretto Format.
February 22, that might explain some things about certain musical theatre performers) Consider, for example, production — a standard format provides a consistent and comfortable way of parsing out relevant information from the script, as efficiently as possible.
to satisfy the people writing your checks. Joe balances on one leg atop the podium. JOE But when you’re like me, you should stick to format.
Is that what you’re trying to say? APRIL You just want to make your script as easy a read as possible. Joe jumps down from the podium and hustles out the door just as conference ATTENDEES begin to. Unique in the nation, LifeHouse is an independent, interdenominational theater whose plays and musicals are exclusive, original productions seen by over 30, guests each year.
EXAMPLE SCRIPT: STAGE PLAY FORMAT The following is laid out in the way we like to have all scripts sent to us. Here are a few Do’s and Don’ts. Theatre of the Mind: Writing and Producing Radio Dramas in the Classroom by Don Kisner.
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Just like in a story, a script needs to be planned out. Instead of storyboarding, we’re going to start by using a story we already know, the form of script-writing and their writing skills in general. Sample Scripts Default sorting Sort by popularity Sort by average rating Sort by newness Sort by price: low to high Sort by price: high to low Home / Sample Scripts.