Student blog: Musical theater melts the ice

The New Year brings a new Frosty of snowy sunrise over Kamm Hall at Baldwin Wallace University.

Student blog: Musical theater melts the ice - Frosty's World #19

The most exciting part of my new semester was the opportunity to work with the staff at Playhouse Square in Cleveland on my Senior Experience course. For more than a decade, Baldwin Wallace University has worked closely with Theater house square — partnership on spring musicals and other programs throughout the year. Broadway’s biggest touring shows grace the biggest stages in Playhouse Square – there are 11 performance venues in total. All of this takes place a few kilometers from our campus.

My class group was tasked with developing marketing and promotional content under the guidance of Stephanie Keefer, senior marketing and publicity manager for Broadway at Cleveland’s Playhouse Square. It is a true privilege to participate in the design and development of content under the guidance of such accomplished musical theater professionals. In later articles, I hope to share more exciting news about spring performances and castings!

Student blog: Musical theater melts the ice - Frosty's World #19

It was great to hear that former BroadwayWorld student blogger and recent graduate from Baldwin Wallace University Isabelle Schiavon is making its way to Broadway! She works behind the scenes to Aaron Sorkinit is Kill a mockingbird. Producer Orin’s Wolf, a Cleveland native, hired Schiavon as producer for the sold-out reopening at the Belasco Theater. Schiavon’s story is interesting and inspiring. She transferred from a partner university in Brazil to our university and completed her degree in arts management and entrepreneurship despite pandemic travel restrictions in 2020. Isabella supported my debut as a Broadway World blogger and helped me integrate the work into my academic portfolio. . Thank you, Isabella – your future is brighter than the sun shining on the Strosacker Student Union!

Student blog: Musical theater melts the ice - Frosty's World #19

Student blog: Musical theater melts the ice - Frosty's World #19
Isabelle Schiavon

A few years ago, I encountered the hip hop performance of Cleveland’s Refresh Collective at a multicultural arts event on the Baldwin Wallace campus. I have stayed in touch ever since. Last week, a virtual happy hour sponsored by this nonprofit community brought great hip hop music and good news. Jeffrey Allen, director of arts education for the Cleveland Metropolitan School District, joined Zoom to celebrate Refresh the collectives huge impact on local students. For all of you hamilton and In the heights fans, Refresh Collective is a local non-profit community service that reaches inner-city youth through the magic of hip hop, graphic arts, and clothing design. In ten years, 10,000 students have benefited from their classroom programs and camps. Last summer, I had the privilege of interning with this organization, in the role of grant writing and social media intern. The good news: we hit a home run with one of our grant applications from last summer! They are dedicated and deserving community arts educators. The next Lin Manuel Miranda is probably in training as I write!

Student blog: Musical theater melts the ice - Frosty's World #19

I was obsessed with sankoff and ehit is come from afar since 2018, when I was prowling the box office of the Royal Alexandra Theater for additional tickets for a seat on its sold-out 855-performance tour of Toronto. What better place to soak up Newfoundland pride than in Canada! I had a much easier time accessing Broadway stage performance thanks to the streaming miracle last week. My family stayed warm in front of the television and enjoyed the streaming tape of the Broadway cast’s original performance. I’m always good for a heartwarming story of people helping others, whether it’s an air traffic emergency or a pandemic. Petrina Bromley and De’Lon Grant give stellar performance!

On January 19, a spectacular Zoom chat featured Andrea Koehler from Coloring Broadway, Lauren VanHemert of From the Belt to Broadway and Michael Clarkson from Broadway Designers Market. The theme was obviously Steven Spielbergfrom the movie West Side Story. I popped the color markers while listening to the lively discussion of the original Broadway production. Clarkson spoke about his involvement with the Chita Rivera Price. Named after the iconic West Side Story Anita, these awards honor and recognize excellence in dance and choreography on Broadway, Off-Broadway and in film. I am not Claude Monet but I can stay between the lines!

Student blog: Musical theater melts the ice - Frosty's World #19

It’s time to get the snow boots out and head for the ultimate prize. Tater tots at the Baldwin Wallace Union cafeteria. There’s no better way to celebrate being on campus!