How to Write a Musical Script

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Write a musical script by outlining the plot, creating characters that develop throughout the play and inserting songs that express character emotions. Format a musical play script with the character name on one side and the dialog on the other using instructions from a professional musician and actress in this free video on performing.

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Hi I'm Athena Reich. I'm an actress and musician and performance coach here in New York City and we're just blocks away right now from Times Square the home of Broadway. In this clip I'm going to talk about how to write a musical script. If you are an aspiring Broadway writer and you would like to write a script how do you do it? Well first of all you have got to, it is just like writing an essay in high school. You have got to make an outline, what's your plot about, what happens, what is the beginning, the middle, and the end? What's the problem of the story, how did the problem get worse and how does it get solved in the end? You have got to create some characters and think how did these characters develop throughout the play? These characters start at point A and how do they end up, how does the plot effect their journey through the play and turn so that somebody who starts out depressed might end up feeling hopeful in the end and the plot somehow helps that and then you have got to create music that supports that. What, music that helps explain the character's emotion or music that helps convey the action of the story. This is a script, an example of a script and you generally have the, this is the name of the characters, teacher and it is in one column so it is very neat and all the dialog is here. So this is how a script looks and it is, and then you might say, you know and then you might say song, and insert the song there. This has been Athena Reich on how to write a musical script.

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