Check out British Theatre Guide, UK Theatre Web and Amdram - all have
tons of helpful information and links to more specific sites. The Amdram site in particular has classified ads
and a web forum visited by lots of helpful experts in amateur theatre! British Theatre Guide covers a vast range
of amateur and professional theatre topics. The webmaster (Peter Lathan) puts in a lot of time on the "editorial
content" which gives the site an excellent authoritative feel.
The Applied and Interactive Theatre Guide, managed
by Toni Sant, has a theatre in education section, and also other sections which are equally relevant to teaching
drama (and teaching through drama).
National Drama bills itself as "the UK's leading
professional association of Drama Educators"
Ken Taylor's Drama in Education site covers (by content
and by links) a wide range of material related to teaching drama and using drama in an educational context.
School Zone is a searchable site of education information (including links to well over 100 theatre-related sites).
They have a rating system for educational relevance which scores Lazy Bee Scripts as highly recommended, hence
this award logo:
Most amateur theatre musical directors are overworked, hence I'm trying to compile a list of useful contacts for
, particularly if there are on-line resources.)
We have "backing CDs" and "rehearsal CDs" for some of our shows. (The difference
is that backing CDs are generally more elaborate arrangements, designed to accompany
a performance.) Find out more from our CDs Page.
Sound-Board.com provides high-quality backing tracks for songs. Sound-board offers a custom service (you specify
the songs, they provide the tracks) or off-the-shelf sets of backing tracks designed for specific pantomimes and
shows (notably the pantomimes of TLC Creative) which you can buy from our CDs page.
Sound-board also provided the backing track for SCInderella.
I spent an age scouring music shops and libraries, failing to find the score for Offenbach's
Gendarmes' Duet (used in Aladdin). Then my sister put me in touch with Banks of York (18 Lendal, York, UK, phone 01904 658836). When I phoned
them, they asked asked me which voices I wanted it for. (Their web site is not as helpful as it might be - no on-line
catalogue yet - but the staff really are helpful.)
Noel Gay Music (8/9 Frith Street, London W1V 5TZ) have been useful, selling copies of otherwise
out-of-print scores from their back catalogue (including stuff by the marvelous Leslie Sarony).
I make a lot of use of Chappells for sheet
music (particularly instrumental books). Again, no on-line catalogue, but the phone service (020 7491 0133) is
MIDI files of classical music tend to sound as though they are scored for barrel organ, however
The Classical Music Archive
- a library of MIDI files - can be useful for finding the piece of music you want. (Note that whilst most of the
music in their catalogue is out of copyright, a MIDI file counts as a performance, and all the performances are
copyrighted. The files may not be used without the permission of the copyright owner.)
FindSounds.com has a unique way of cataloguing noises
by wave form. Fortunately, you can also search using text. The site acts as a link to many sources of sound.
Some of our customers have used Bath Theatrical cosume
hire based in Frome, UK (01373 472786) and given us good reports.
I like the Chameleon Players web site, not least
because of their quirky obsession with tea. I like quirky. There is a great pleasure, for example, in finding a recipe for curry
on the message board of the Grosvenor Light Opera Company web
South London Theatre web site is host to the
Little Theatre Guild discussion board (so used by many other theatre groups). It also has a Shakespearian insult
Really Horrid Productions create some of the murder mystery scenarios published
by Lazy Bee Scripts, but mainly they are an acting company, performing their murder mysteries at dinners and other
functions in a wide area around Milton Keynes. Click on the logo to find out more, then "Dial 'em for murder!"
I'm not sure how to classify Hybrid Studios, but
I like what the site is doing. It's a cross-over site for all sorts of arts, including contributions from visual
artists, poets and musicians, and "studios" for dance, drama and several other categories.