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Theatre websites that shine

Students of the stage and lovers of a good show, take heed: below you’ll find a few general sites to assist you in your studies. These may be of special interest to those in Theatre Appreciation-type courses, not to mention anyone who’s ever been curious about Drama:

http://www2.stetson.edu/csata/thr_guid.html
Check out this superb site for students: “A Brief Guide to Internet Resources in Theatre and Performance Studies” from Dr. Ken McCoy at Stetson University. The site first lists the professor’s favorite go-to theatre sites, followed by links organized by sub-topic; annotations are included.

http://www.videoccasions-nw.com/history/jack.html
“Theatre History on the Web” offers a wealth of links organized by topic and time period; it also includes links to relevant centers, museums, and libraries. From Prof. Jack Wolcott (ret.), University of Washington School of Drama.

http://www.theatrecrafts.com/index.php
Theatrecrafts.com, a site for “students, theatre technicians, designers and practitioners,” features a robust glossary of (over 1750!) theatre terms; I was fascinated to read possible origins of the well-known wish “break a leg.” From Jon Primrose, Technical Manager at the University of Exeter Drama Department (UK).

http://www.musicals101.com
If musicals catch your fancy, don’t miss Musicals101.com, “The Cyber Encyclopedia of Musical Theatre, TV, and Film.” As is true of the other sites here, this one’s loaded with links and bound to inspire much browsing. From author-lecturer John Kenrick.

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