Recently, the Washington Informer's Kevin McNeir attended our production of The Wiz. In his review, he shares his personal history with the show, and why he feels the production continues to inspire audiences.
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To be an effective public speaker, students need to understand a variety of elements, including use of appropriate tone, natural gestures and effective eye contact. If stymied by stage fright, all of their hard work might feel for naught. In this interview style blog post, professional actors and teaching artists Victoria Reinsel and JJ Johnson share with Ford’s Education team some of their best strategies and advice for teachers and students to calm nerves and speak with confidence. In this interview style blog post, professional actors and teaching artists Victoria Reinsel and JJ Johnson share with Ford’s Education team some of their best strategies and advice for teachers and students to calm nerves and speak with confidence.
Here at Ford’s we believe that it’s never too early to learn about the Lincoln assassination. Whether you are looking for a way to introduce Lincoln’s assassination to elementary school students or an interesting novel to make history come to life for your own middle-school child, the Ford’s Education team has readers of all ages and skill-levels covered.
The Wiz first premiered on stage 43 years ago! Challenging Broadway norms, The Wiz was one of the first production with a majority African-American creative team and an all-African American cast. Learn more about the musical's history in the following post.
Most visitors come to Ford’s Theatre to learn more about that one fateful night in 1865. But a school trip to Ford’s should be more than just seeing Booth’s gun and visiting the box where Lincoln was shot. How can you make sure that kids leave Ford’s with a better understanding of the bigger picture?
"Isn’t it always a good time to remember that our world and our life can be and in fact should be, 'A world full of love, like yours, like mine, like home?' How different might the world be if we remember that?" Hear more from "The Wiz" director Kent Gash.
"They Knew Lincoln" by John E. Washington’s recounts the complex relationship between Lincoln and Washington’s African-American community. Kate Masur, a professor of history at Northwestern University, facilitated the reissue of the book for the first time since the original run in 1942. This edition includes a new introduction by Masur on John E. Washington and the Washington, D.C., he knew. Here, she offers a preview.
Actress Ines Nassara will perform the role of Dorothy in Kent Gash’s exciting new production of The Wiz at Ford’s Theatre during spring 2018. Ines spoke with us about taking on the role of Dorothy, what The Wiz means to her and the costar she can’t wait to meet.
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