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The Making of a Musical

Even as the wildly successful variety show - The Carol Burnett Show - continued to wow audiences, another musical was in the works - Cinderella. Even though modern Western musicals have been around since the 19th century, patrons continued to be fascinated by behind the scenes stories. How is the magic created?

Over the next several months we will provide you a glimpse of behind the scenes activities for shows in general but musicals in particular. Many books, podcasts, and videos have been documented to guide the curious, the un-initiated, fans, and professionals through the creative process. Each story has its unique aspects and common elements that would provide ample material for a masters class. Our story is no different.

Caleb Ackerman - musical director for Cinderella spent several weeks working with the director - Debra Schultz - to get the cuts she wanted. Once the cuts were decided, Caleb worked with his orchestra and his conductor - Dave Englert - to record the orchestration for the cast. We'd like to say Caleb had a grand recording studio as depicted in the attached picture. Reality is very different. But more on that later...

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Of course we would claim that our shows are successful. Who wouldn't? However, we have one indisputable measure we use for every show - profit. People can claim anything they want. Even critics that go to see shows (including professional presentations) are not to be believed. But something tangible, indisputable - like profit - is how we test the success of a show. Then again, the business side of theatre is a story in itself. Yet another story. Wait for it...