The Emotional Effect of Musical Underscoring in the Play columbinus

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Jessica Rogers (Creator)
East Carolina University (ECU )
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Abstract: One of the most debated political topics in today's media is the prominence of school shootings. During a time of discourse , artists typically use this energy to enhance their work and create emotional pieces of art that cause audiences to think about these events. I chose to work with the play columbinus because I felt the story of the 1999 Columbine High School massacre is important and should still be told , but I also felt this story needed to be emotionally enhanced to reach a younger audience 19 years later. As a musical theatre major , I have a clear understanding of how music is able to impact a large group of people when used in the appropriate manner. Therefore , I felt as though musical underscoring would be a compelling vehicle to heighten the emotional impact of the show. I was able to test how musical underscoring at selected points felt in the context of the show through case study readings , where the results provided me with the final underscoring track list to be used in conjunction with a full production of the show at East Carolina University.

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Honors Project
Language: English
Date: 2018
columbinus, theatre, musical

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