The Week That Was in Live Entertainment (Week of April 26)

A lot goes on in our world each week — some news you may catch, and some may slip by your radar. Below are a few articles that caught our attention, and we didn’t want you to miss ’em!

“Happy Fan,” © 2008 Regina Folk Festival, used under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial license.

Welcoming New Students With Interactive Theater: What’s the best way to welcome incoming college students during their orientation? The Daily Collegian reports that Dan Murphy, director of the Office of Student Orientation and Transition Programs at Penn State, thinks it’s time to take a new approach: interactive theater. writes, “Performed by students, for students, Murphy wants a musical to convey the traditional ideas presented to new students in a more engaging way.”

Where Are All the Women on Stage? The title of Julia Pascal’s article in The Guardian reads: “Women are being excluded from the stage. It’s time for quotas.” Pascal references a recent survey that revealed that “just a fifth of English theatres were led by women.” Because of these findings, the Fawcett Society, a feminist campaigning organization, called for quotas. Pascal concludes her article: “We may hate the concept of a quota system but decades of disenfranchisement mean that female artists and audiences have been cheated. When women’s human rights are acknowledged on the English stage, and when theatres are equally shared among expert professionals of both genders, only then can we say that our theatre is truly national and democratic.”

The Summer Music Festival Season Is Here: Coachella is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the summer music festival season. Money magazine looked at 11 upcoming music festivals and “ranked the following by which festivals give you the most for each dollar spent — the total weekend cost divided by the number of potential musicians in the line-up.” Find out which ones give you the best bang for your buck.

Music Festivals Are Focusing on … Wellness: GQ‘s Natalie B. Compton has spotted a new trend at music festivals: They’re hopping on the wellness bandwagon. Compton shares some examples, like cacao ceremonies and didgeridoo sound odysseys at the Okeechobee Festival in South Florida, and vegan ramen and a kombucha bar at Coachella. Compton writes, “Having healing sanctuaries and supplementary entertainment at festivals may speak to the tastes of an aging festival population, or those of the new youths attending.”

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