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Delivering an ovation-worthy performance involves much more than just acting. Learn how costumes, lighting, music and special effects help to bring the stage to life.

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How Cirque du Soleil Works

In only 20 years, Cirque du Soleil has carved out a unique niche in the entertainment industry. It has spread to cities all over the globe and earned rave reviews every step of the way. Go behind the scenes of Cirque du Soleil and learn the secrets of its success.


Andrew Lloyd Webber Quiz

 Andrew Lloyd Webber Quiz

Meeeemoriiiiiies ... are what you'll need to ace this quiz. Test your knowledge of Andrew Lloyd Webber's life and work at HowStuffWorks. See more »

From Broadway to the West End: Musicals of the 1980s Quiz

 From Broadway to the West End: Musicals of the 1980s Quiz

Do 'Les Miserables' and 'Cats' ring a bell? See how much you remember the plots, actors and tunes of 1980s musicals with this quiz at HowStuffWorks. See more »

From 'Cabaret' to 'Grease': Musicals of the 1970s Quiz

 From 'Cabaret' to 'Grease': Musicals of the 1970s Quiz

The 1970s was full of unforgettable, award-winning musicals. Test your knowledge of '70s musicals with this quiz at HowStuffWorks. See more »

From 'Annie' to 'Chicago': Classic Broadway Musicals Quiz

 From 'Annie' to 'Chicago': Classic Broadway Musicals Quiz

Classic Broadway musicals hold a special place in theatrical history. Test your knowledge of their stories and tunes with this quiz at HowStuffWorks. See more »

The Sound of Musicals: Show Tunes Quiz

 The Sound of Musicals: Show Tunes Quiz

If you're a fan of musicals, many of the songs in this quiz have probably been stuck in your head. Test your knowledge of show tunes at HowStuffWorks. See more »

How Burlesque Works

 How Burlesque Works

A true burlesque performance doesn't have to depend on taking off clothes. It's about telling a story. Find out how burlesque works at HowStuffWorks. See more »

Gen Con 2012 Costumes

 Gen Con 2012 Costumes

Gen Con is a huge gaming convention held every year in Indanapolis, Ind. See some of the fans' costumes from Gen Con 2012 in this image gallery. See more »

Costumes 101 Pictures

 Costumes 101 Pictures

Amazing costumes are the envy at sci-fi conventions and Halloween parties. Check out these pictures to learn the basics of building costumes. See more »

Dragon*Con 2010: Costume Pictures

 Dragon*Con 2010: Costume Pictures

Dragon*Con 2010 costume pictures is just a glimpse at some of our favorite costumes. See pictures of Dragon*Con 2010 costumes. See more »

Dragon*Con: Historical & Steampunk Costumes

 Dragon*Con: Historical & Steampunk Costumes

Historical and alternate history costumes were popular at Dragon*Con 2010. See historical and alternate history costume pictures. See more »