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by The Elven Jedi Druid Hippie Arty Ranger :D (elven_ranger)
at May 12th, 2014 (08:03 pm)


Written by William Shakespeare, and directed by Miss Laura J, the writer and director of our recent smash hit Les Miserables The Memoirs of Jean Valjean, this is a full-length, original language adaptation of Romeo & Juliet, set in 1860s Brixham, in a conflict between two families, the Capulets of Higher Brixham (Cowtown) and the Montagues of Lower Brixham (Fishtown). Performed by all-local actors, with an award-winning Torbay theatre company, this promises to be a thrilling production, bringing to life a classic of British theatre- set in the local area.

Thursday June 5th 2014 - Lipson Vale Primary School, Bernice Terrace, Lipson , Plymouth,PL4 7HW
7pm. 50% of profits to Plymouth Cat Rescue

Friday June 6th 2014 - 7pm: The Palace Theatre, Paignton (7 PM, tickets can be booked by calling the theatre box office on 01803 665800)
Venue Address: Palace Ave, Paignton TQ3 3HF
Palace Theatre Website: www.palacetheatrepaignton.co.uk/

Saturday June 7th 2014 - 2pm and 7pm, The Methodist Church Hall, Fore Street, Brixham (tickets can be reserved by calling 07855 090589)
Venue address: Fore Street, Brixham, TQ5 8DS

Sunday June 8th 2014, 2.30pm, St Matthias Church Hall, Wellswood, Torquay, (tickets can be reserved by calling 07855 090589)
Venue Address Babbacombe Rd, Wellswood, Torquay TQ1 1HW

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1428569630720309/
Posters and cast photos https://www.dropbox.com/sh/gdyp3aeeavvycvt/fCdF0vOlDF

The South Devon Players theatre company are an award winning, family-friendly, completely non-profit, community-based theatre company, from ithe beautiful fishing port of Brixham; Devon (in South West England)
We perform theatre shows in Brixham, around Torbay, and South Devon, based on historical events, classical stories and mythology, with a strong ethos of often bringing to life the historical heritage of the Southwest in many of our productions.

We were founded in late 2005 by two Brixham performers, and performed our first production in the summer of 2006. Since then we have gone from strength to strength, and are now growing rapidly, with awards won and a rapidly increasing member base, an appearance on a national BBC 1 TV programme, and sponsorship from London for our recent non-musical adaptation of Les Miserables. We also act as a showcase for members seeking to increase their performance portfolios, facilitate access to other castings in the area (over the years we have been directly contacted for actors and models, from companies including, but not limited to, the BBC, Sky, Disney and Smithsonian)

Our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/sdevonplayers
Our main website: http://southdevonplayers.weebly.com/

About our director: https://www.facebook.com/brixhamlaura, http://brixhamlaura.weebly.com

The Elven Jedi Druid Hippie Arty Ranger :D [userpic]
by The Elven Jedi Druid Hippie Arty Ranger :D (elven_ranger)
at November 4th, 2011 (05:25 pm)

Theatre auditions:

I am the co-founder and secretary of an award-winning non-profit community theatre company from Brixham (Devon, England) and we have auditions coming up in the next two/ three months, for two new shows. Both very different, and both generating a lot of interest already. If you live in the Devon area, and are interested, you would be most welcome to audition for one, or both.  Rehearsals take place mainly on Wednesday evenings with occaisional sunday afternoons as required. If you cannot make the specific audition date advertised, you can contact us to arrange an alternative audition date (wednesday evenings  or sunday afternoons).

You are welcome to apply, whether you are an experienced performer, or new to acting.  It would be very helpful, if you are attending auditions, to contact us and let us know beforehand. :)


The Great Storm Of Brixham
Auditions: Sunday December 4th, 1.30pm, or by arrangement
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The Musketeers and the Pirates

Auditions: Sunday January 29th, 1.30pm, or by arrangement
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For more information:
our website - http://southdevonplayers.weebly.com
our facebook - https://www.facebook.com/groups/southdevonplayers/
our twitter- http://twitter.com/#!/sdevonplayers
our LJ - sdp_theatre

The Elven Jedi Druid Hippie Arty Ranger :D [userpic]
by The Elven Jedi Druid Hippie Arty Ranger :D (elven_ranger)
at March 9th, 2011 (03:45 pm)

Fundraising and marketing ideas for non-profit group

This is what we do so far for the theatre group sdp_theatre   - and maybe the ideas may be of use to someone else as well. Please feel free to make more suggestions!

(Most members of the theatre group either work, study, or volunteer, or any mix of the above) which means we are hurtling around with life flat-out, so its got to be ideas that fit in with that kind of life. We are aged from teens through to 60s, but there are none who "sit around at home all day" even the people who are techincally unemployed! We are a non-profit organisation rather than a charity...) Strong foci of skills building, promoting history (usually local history), supporting other community events and festivals....

- Jumble sales (we usually have a big annual one in the summer)
- Ebid.net auction store! (advertised through theatre group and will be added to theatre programmes etc)
- selling advertising space in our theatre programmes (normally and on ebid)
- quiz night (been suggested by one member, will try it out)
- Collection buckets when we are doing free shows at festivals and whatnot
- Ticket sales (usually break-even)

Marketing/ advertising
(Makes people aware of group, increases audience numbers... and hence hopefully income)

- Posters in town whenever there is a show or audition coming up
- flyers being handed out in town by cast-in-costume for same
- Getting news releases into local newspaper/ radio (and sending press releases to magazines and TV and anything else because you never know)
- dedicated website/ facebook/ twitter/ myspace/ livejournal for people to keep up to date.
- Bi-monthly newsletter (sent out on email and also provided to community hubs like local library etc)
- Using whats-ons websites to list events
- Street theatre advertising bigger shows (with flyer handouts)

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Two casting calls for theatre projects (Devon, UK)
by The Elven Jedi Druid Hippie Arty Ranger :D (elven_ranger)
at February 4th, 2011 (05:16 pm)

Sadly, shows arent paid, but as you will see there are other perks. We are an award winning, non-profit community theatre company specialising in shows with a historical theme, based in South West England. If you are interested in either show, you can message me here on Livejournal (I am the secretary for the group), or visit our website and facebook links. People need to be locally based to the shows, so think the South of Devon. 
If you will be on holiday in the area though, and would like to join in, as these are fast-turn-around shows, you are still totally welcome to get involved!

Feel free to share the information, but please include ALL the information if you do. :)

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by The Elven Jedi Druid Hippie Arty Ranger :D (elven_ranger)
at October 29th, 2010 (02:41 pm)

CASTING CALL (Torbay, England) with award winning community theatre company.

Show:  The Barbary Pirates
Group: The South Devon Players (website    Facebook group)

Performances between April and August 2011 in the South Devon area. Including national theatre competition entry.

Performers required
We are looking for RELIABLE male and female performers to play pirates, convicts and bellydancers. You need to be aged 16 -116, live locally to be able to attend weekly rehearsals and workshops (Wednesdays 7.30 - 9pm) in Brixham. Free training in bellydance and/or stage combat included. Experience not required, but enthusiasm, regular attendance and effort are a must. Re-casting several roles due to timewasters. The project isnt paid but lots of free dance and combat training, with photographs, and references upon request, for future drama/ theatre studies all provided upon succesful completion of the "run".

About show...
Based on historical accounts, this story is of a group of Devon fisher-folk taken prisoner by a fleet of Barbary Corsairs, and their subsequent adventures.
Rehearsals are currently underway, applicants will be asked to join us at rehearsal and workshops for an evening, and if successful to attend from there on.

To be considered
You can contact me directly here, or through the website or facebook group as listed above.

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by The Elven Jedi Druid Hippie Arty Ranger :D (elven_ranger)
at October 20th, 2010 (11:50 am)

I am currently planning a stage set for a (high action) play, and would like to pick anyone elses brains  (I have some ideas, but am picking other peoples brains as well for any ace ideas. Ideas used would be credited in the programme.)
The play is set in about 1700, and the scenes are

- English Harbourside
- Convict Ship
- Algerian market
- Sheikhs Palace
- Pirate ship
- English harbourside tavern

We are performing at a drama festival, and can only have limited stage set (its also what we can get there in three cars plus cast! We are then doing some open air shows, which work as even more limited! The drama festival theatre stage gives us a simple black backdrop and flats.

My plan so far is to have a basic nautical set that doubles as the harbour and the ships, with a lighting change and background sound effects to indicate where it is, alongside the acting by the cast.
In the Algerian market, we are having the merchants bring on rugs and cushions and whatnot to make it look like a Middle Eastern market place.
The Sheikhs palace is similar, with the one bit of backdrop - flown light gauze fabric hangings, and a few ornaments brought on as part of the play by servants.
This is all removed for the pirate ship, in which we go back to the basic set, and  a pirate flag flying, which turns into the tavern with the wenches bringing on two tables, with bottles and tankards.

Those are my ideas, but I was wondering if anyone had any "quick and simple" ideas for getting more definition between the harbour and the ships. Thanks tons for any ideas... :)

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by The Elven Jedi Druid Hippie Arty Ranger :D (elven_ranger)
at June 23rd, 2010 (12:06 pm)

Casting call - actor wanted to play the role of Prince William Of Orange, with the South Devon Players.

William is physically slim, with a strength of personality that belies his
appearance, regal but down to earth at the same time.

Historically based stage play by a non-profit community theatre company based in Brixham (Devon, England), telling the intertwined stories of several local historical characters.

Applicants must live in the Torbay / south Devon area to be able to attend rehearsals weekly in Brixham (currently on a Wednesday evening, and closer to the performance time some sunday afternoons as well). Previous experience is not required, though reliability, and willingness to work in a close knit team are vital.

Please contact us immediatly, if you are interested, as this is an urgent casting. You will be asked to attend a rehearsal and read the part along with the cast.
The play will be performed around South Devon during the first half/ mid September 2010. Evenings.

Please email me on bardic_dreams@yahoo.co.uk.

You can read more about us at

Website - http://southdevonplayers.weebly.com
Twitter - http://twitter.com/sdevonplayers
Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/#!/group.php?gid=46022922794&v=info&ref=ts
Livejournal- http://community.livejournal.com/sdp_theatre/profile

The Elven Jedi Druid Hippie Arty Ranger :D [userpic]
by The Elven Jedi Druid Hippie Arty Ranger :D (elven_ranger)
at March 4th, 2010 (06:33 pm)


Auditions for new historical play in Torbay, Devon, England


 Gentleman Of The Road, is a newly written play about a historical Devon highwayman who operated in the area (and others) in the 1680s and 1690s.
It tells the story of a true life local highwayman, with plenty of action, humour, and thrills.

Shows will be performed in Brixham, as well as in Exeter and other locations as we are able to book, towards the end of the summer.
Actors, actresses, and people who want to help with costumes, effects, and Front of House all needed.

-You need to be aged 16 plus (to the skys the limit). Previous experience is not required, but reliability, enthusiasm, good manners, and willingness to work in a team ARE musts.
- All involved in the show should live locally to Torbay (thats Brixham, Paignton, Torquay, Dartmouth) and be able to attend rehearsals on Wednesdays and some Sundays, in Brixham, in the evenings.

Will take place at Brixhams Royal British Legion Club, Bakers Hill (Off St Marys Square) Brixham, on Wednesday March 31st, 2010 at 7.30pm. All welcome to attend. The audition will involve group readings of sections of the script. You may be asked (for two principal roles, that of the highwayman and his lover, and a minor role, Bella the pickpocket) to sing a folk song as well.

The South Devon Players are a small non-profit community theatre group based in Brixham Devon, England, founded in 2005. As such, roles are not paid, but you do get photos, and DVDs wherever possible.

We rehearse weekly at our local Royal British Legion club, and specialise in newly written plays (by our members) about local history and legends. These plays are performed locally, often in aid of charity, and occasionally outside Torbay as well, in the wider South Devon area.

We pride ourselves on being inclusive, and welcoming anyone who wants to participate in the performing arts. Members need to be aged 16 or over, other than that the only restrictions are that they are reliable, prompt for rehearsals and show set-ups, and that they can work within a team.

Main Website http://southdevonplayers.weebly.com
Livejournal sdp_theatre  
Facebook South Devon Players

mrdixon [userpic]
by mrdixon (mrdixon)
at February 22nd, 2010 (02:18 pm)

Opening night of the E.o.1.a.  Meeting with the boss scheduled for 2:30 to discuss the future plans for the Drama department and interdepartmental curricular work.  Arrive on time, what a relief.  first block brilliant.  great kids.  2nd block, trying to clean the workshop and teach the kids ownership.  Recieve a great email congratulating them on taking ownership.  One special ed kid trying hard to put away paint spills 1/2 gal of white on workshop floor.  In his rush to make it right, and not throw up because he is so upset, he runs around the room, then out into the auditorium, without checking his shoes!  White footprints all through the carpeted auditorium.  Teach him how to clean latex paint out of carpet...amount of rehearsal done today?  How would I know?

3rd block, get phone call from Erin, pianist decided he cannot do justice to this script, so we are hoping on a recorded version of the music.  Not what I wanted, but it will do...just one more thing. 

Meeting with boss postponed till tomorrow at 2:30, due to problems at the board office.  With the state looking at a one Billion dollar deficit, I am looking at a Mr. Hollands Opus ending. 

End of the day, a wonderful young actress comes to me and says "Mr. Dixon, what dress am I supposed to wear for the Can Can...it's really stressing me out!"  Really!  Really!  STRESS!!!!!  Oh, I know how the angel ended up on top of the Christmas tree!



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cease and desist
by mrdixon (mrdixon)
at February 9th, 2010 (03:58 pm)

After writing up the letter of cease and desist, she shows up and claims the name was printed wrong. They never meant to steal our name, and will print a retraction next week.

We win!!! All it takes is a shot across the bow to get a bully to cave.


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teachers have responsibility.
by mrdixon (mrdixon)
at February 8th, 2010 (08:04 pm)

I am not a control freak, apparently. I let my kids direct their own show, own orchestra, own choreography. I must be weird, or very secure. The shows were good, not great, but good. Lost 450 bucks on them. Live and learn!

Cross town rivals only do competition show and a musical each year (we do 7 shows). Their director is very controlling, and, coincidentally a good actress who did a community show with me has not gotten a part with them at all this year. Same kid also won the Pageant we held (1,000 first prize in scholarships). Her teacher walked out when told, by the pageant director, that she could NOT coach MAO candidates on the day of the pageant backstage. Could a director/teacher be so petty as to not cast a kid who has chosen to expand her horizons?

I could not care less where my kids get their experience. I don't care if they hate me. I will not ignore a kid because she disses me, in fact, the one who read me the riot act for not putting her on One act team this year was offered the chance to direct Charlie Brown. Did a great job!! Put together a great show. Now doing Joseph with us and giving me more than ever.

Am I that different? Are all High School directors self centered, petty children?

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a list
by mrdixon (mrdixon)
at February 6th, 2010 (09:42 am)

My Friday...

First student to land a professional acting gig...Georgia Ren faire hired my fairy!!! hoot!!

Rains have been intense, theater floor flooded, looks like back fill is washing away and eventually the front rows will collapse into a sinkhole.

Student director sent blanket text to cast saying "rehearse if you want...I'm done!" That's uplifting. Had to correct her, not easy discussion.

Got a call from my daughter, pissed! Seems the woman from our cross town rival( the one who walked out on the Miss Haralson County Scholarship dress rehearsal)Has advertised that her school is holding the "first" Miss Haralson County pageant! I am shocked once more. How can anyone be so petty, immature and call themselves a Christian? We have a business checking account under that name, but no DBA, soooo.

Erin called MAO Georgia, MAO Michigan, and all the board. Since we were going to expand the pageant to include two other counties anyway, change the name to Miss Northwest Georgia, send in paperwork, Get approval of MAO Georgia, Look at clock and realize it's not yet 4 pm, curtain at 7.

Text Miss Haralson County, who attends school with "that woman" as a teacher. (by the way, since winning our pageant, she has gotten NO parts in her school plays...coincidence? I think not. Calm her down. Not re-crowning, but allowing her to compete in new pageant next year. We will then be a true MAO prelim, and winner will go to Miss Georgia. What have I done???

Suck up water in theater, realize electric lines run into floor are under water. Call maintenance. They tape over outlet after we suck up the water, Caution tape off 1/4 of the theater seats.

Former student comes in before show, very depressed. Didn't get in at GARF, counsel her. Run Joseph rehearsal and explain once more, if we don't sell tickets, we don't do theater. Current show averaging 70 people per night (that ain't it kids!) Losing money is not my way.

Daughter is so upset she is barking at Joseph cast. Deep breaths!! She goes home to cuddle on hubby, who is looking at redeployment. Got news my niece is pregnant! A little depressing to daughter who has been trying, and losing. 5 miscarried. Ouch.

Charlie Brown is good, not great. Kids can't match pitch, average theater goer does not notice. I let the students run entire show. That is a challenge. After show, I find out tech crew really screwed up, no booth for Lucy in psychiatric help scene (5 cents please). Other mistakes, student directer reams out her crew, but does so in the privacy of the booth. Good choice. I call for places in 15 minutes for next show. Look at crowd and two main characters from next show are in audience being congratulated on CB. Good Grief!!

Go backstage and find the director (who said she was done) is changing blocking!!! On the second night of the show she is changing blocking...and sets...and lights. That should have been done weeks ago. Her cast is livid. I calm them down. Show is better with changes. Young directors learn...amazing.

After show give speech to three students about walking through a closed curtain. Hug fairy who cannot contain her joy at being a "professional" and treats me like a wise old sage. Walk away from freshman who wants her costume now for a show that opens in 4 weeks, and realize her mother is following me backstage with tears in her eyes...oh?

Go into workshop for privacy and hear "Do you think it's right to pick on my daughter about her face while she is singing?" Oh, Crap! The very talented and outwardly tough young lady who is playing the Narrator, isn't as tough as she acts. I explain, a true actor, whether singing, dancing or speaking, is aware of every movement, every nuance, every expression they make at all times on stage. Catherine tends to make a "disdain" face. turns up her nose and looks like bevis and butthead when she is either not paying attention, or wants to show she does not like something. I cannot have that on my Narrator for Joseph!! I thought cajoling her would do the trick, and it did make her aware of it. She is better, and beautiful. I hate seeing a pretty girl looking like something smells bad all the time.

Agree to work with Cat more closely and be careful about public comments. point out that I make all my kids think "face" on stage all through rehearsal. Cat finds out Mom is talking to me, and looks appalled! Mom is great person, worried about her daughter and willing to speak to me face to face. Not to often in the south have I met great parenting like that.

Went home, poured scotch, went to bed...I have a headache!

Good Grief,


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Charlie Brown and Diviners...and student directors...oh my!
by mrdixon (mrdixon)
at February 1st, 2010 (09:35 pm)

This weekend our first ever student produced shows will hit the boards. Charlie Brown, and The Diviners. A musical and a very dramatic straight play. They will be good, but not great. How can they be, they are run completely by inexperienced 17 yr old directors. Pianist is 17, choreographer is 18. No costumer, no musical director. Honestly I am quite concerned because of the level of professionalism we have set. They are not going to reach it. They can't...because I have worked very hard at not "rescuing" anyone. Perhaps I want to show the county what I do--perhaps I want them to realize what it takes to put on the quality of show we normally do. We did not win 3 of 4 best acting awards, and take 2nd place at regionals, sell out 3 of 8 of our last musical shows by my not using the best people I can get. It's about time we started showing the kids that artistic talent is worth money. We pay the other coaches after all. We reward the sports teams coaches. Why are artists considered less than everyone else.

On to the next battle. Tilting at windmills, changing the world one blade of grass at a time.


The Elven Jedi Druid Hippie Arty Ranger :D [userpic]
by The Elven Jedi Druid Hippie Arty Ranger :D (elven_ranger)
at January 1st, 2010 (05:58 pm)

I just wanted to post a *tip off*... that can be of use for getting props and bits and pieces for theatre, especially on a next-to-nothing budget.
Freecycle. Its an international site with hundreds of local groups in different countries, and its a great way to find a few second hand  odds and ends for theatre for nothing. http://www.freecycle.org. :)

It might seem obvious but I mentioned Freecycle at work just before the holidays, and no-one else had even thought of it, but were bewailing the cost of things.

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Who do they think they are?
by mrdixon (mrdixon)
at June 20th, 2009 (11:19 am)

I worked my first show when I was 11, as a spotlight operator.  So I've been doing shows for 40 years, and I have never seen anything like this.

Two people from our neighboring high school (a small, almost private school only open to the people who live in the city of Breman or who are recruited to that school) came to rehearsal for the pageant two nights ago to volunteer.  Experienced pageant people, and experienced theater people.  One of them is the director of Breman's theater program. 

The one thing we do not want in a Miss America competition is negativity.  We do not allow anyone to have family, friends or helpers backstage because we have worked so hard at getting these girls to be nice to each other.  We are training them to be professional young women and even if they don't mean to, helpers backstage say things that can hurt.  Things like "Did you see how she looked in that?"  or "Her talent isn't really very good, is it?" So we simply do not allow anyone to have a helper other than the staff.

This woman from Breman was coaching the girls.  Telling one that she looked "too much like a cheerleader", telling the girls how to act and how to behave.  She has not worked with these girls for the past 6 weeks, she just showed up and started telling them what to do.  Three of the girls were in tears and my daughter, the executive director of the pageant, made a decision.  She gathered the crew and told us, in no uncertain terms--do not coach!  These girls need to make their own decisions on everything now, and we will not allow any negative feelings backstage.  Made sense, let the girls be their own choosers, and if they screw it up, they have no one to blame but themselves.  But if they win this thing, they know--they made it happen!

The two people from Breman walked out!
  Not one word to anyone, no explaination, no discussion.  They simply walked out!  Who do they think they are?  Did they expect the pageant was going to fold if they were not there to help?  The guy was running sound for us, and simply left!  Whisky Tango Foxtrot!  In 40 years in this business I have never seen anything so unprofessional!  I have lost all respect for these two and I wonder how they have won state one act if they act like this?  (Of course, they are in the smallest school category in the state, so they really have no competition, but still.  I am in shock!)  Walking out, because a director told you not to coach?  If I walked out every time a director told me I was doing something wrong, I would never have done a show!

I hope this gives a little insight into what things are like here.  The people from Breman have a reputation for thinking they are "all that" and that people from the rest of the county are simply "wanna be's".  The girls were visibly relaxed after they left, especially the girls who are from Breman.  This shit has to stop!  I know why I am here, and I believe some people wish I had never arrived.  Too bad..

Changing the world, one blade of grass at a time.


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The E.o.1.a structure
by mrdixon (mrdixon)
at May 26th, 2009 (12:39 pm)

How to produce an Evening of One acts successfully!

Step one--don't overstep what YOU think is funny.  Quite often the kids have a great grasp on the local sense of humor.  For instance, I do not find men in womens clothing the least bit funny, but the locals here love it.  Let the kids come up with their own bits, starting with simple moral message plays such as "look before you leap" or "jealousy often leads to loss", and let the students develop the skits from there.  Sure you will have to keep some of it off the stage, as most teenagers think of two things first--sex and violence--but once you have removed those things, they can be pretty funny.  Encourage all of them to write, form a cast, and to put it on for the class.  Even if it stinks, it is a start, and sometimes their fellow students can come up with a way to improve or save the show.

Step two--If you are going to use prewritten shows, make sure they are short and easy to do.  The audience comes out for only one thing, to see someone they know on stage.  They don't care if this show is the most award winning one act in history, if their BFF isn't in it, they aint comin.  Make sure the kids tell the family and friends that they produced or directed or choreographed or teched or had a major part in the production of this show.  Then everyone who knows them will want to see it.  Steal what you can, and make it your own.  Rocky and Bullwinkle did a great job on some classic fairytales, maybe you could too!

Step three--Promote the living crap out of it!  Go to the old school methods of promotion--hand bills, Sandwich boards, Ballyhooing, flyers, posters, school announcements, have the kids put on costumes and stand outside of Wal Mart with hand bills, send home several letters to the caregivers of your amazing students.  After two years with a tent show theater I realized the power of having a hand bill handed to a potential patron by a pretty girl in costume.  It is simply a more complex form of word of mouth.  If no one knows, then no one goes.  Putting butts in the seats, that is the main objective.

Step four--Price it so folks think your reasonable.  No one wants to pay $10 to see a high school show, so if you do 4 evening of one acts per year, at $3 per seat, you can keep you price for your musical at $5.  This year we made over $3,000 in admissions for the evening of one act shows.  No cost for royalties because we write our own.  Is it as Saturday night live or Mad TV...sometimes better!  And some of them are just plain bad.  But, it is worth the effort on my part because they do all the work in class!  Dress rehearsal takes place the afternoon of the show itself.  We make a party of it, and have everyone bring something to eat (kids always eat).  Keep the price low, an some of your patrons will want to come twice!

Step five--Get adult supervision!  I average 75 kids backstage at any of these shows, and they do misbehave!  I try to have at least 3 adults patrolling backstage to enforce my one major rule...."DON'T TOUCH EACH OTHER"  You would be amazed at how that one rule can control the drives of the average teenager.  With parental help, or fellow teachers, things go much more smoothly during the average show.  try your fellow teachers, many of them have stage experience and know what it is like backstage.  Offer them a free pass to the musical if they help during an E.o.1.a.  I do have some favorites in my teacher buddies, but many of them come back again and again, because it is fun.

Step six--Do not forget the motto  DARE TO SUCK/STINK   It might look really bad to you, but to their parents, it could be a miracle!  This may be the first time their shy little girl ever spoke that loud, or they could actually see leadership potential in a boy too small to play football.  We are in this as a craft, and all crafts can be learned to many different levels of perfection.  DTS stands for the starting level of anything you have ever wanted to try but were afraid to fail.  Go ahead, help a kid fail when it doesn't hurt, and that kid will try again and again until one day you realize they are actually good.



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ONe act plays
by mrdixon (mrdixon)
at May 22nd, 2009 (03:54 pm)

Looking for ideas for one act plays for a friend in need!  I have offered everyone I have, but none really have the potential of a difficult piece that could be taken to state.  I will offer her Meeting in Munich this thursday, and two others...Fine Dining and Sure Thing by david ives.

Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.


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yelling before the show
by mrdixon (mrdixon)
at May 1st, 2009 (07:38 am)

Why is it that when I truly blow up, yell, turn funny colors because I had students outside when they were told, again and again, that they must stay inside before a performance...why do they then turn around and put on an incredibly well done show?   Do they need to be yelled at?  They suddenly got serious, went to places, prepared before every skit.  I just don't get it. 

Perhaps, teenagers need you to yell so they know its important.  Otherwise, they think it is all a lark.

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standards and friends
by mrdixon (mrdixon)
at April 25th, 2009 (12:40 pm)

was named to the governors commitee to write standards for theater arts in the state of Georgia.  What a great couple of days.  Surrounded by intelligent, well spoken people!  All trained in the first rule of improv, which is NEVER SAY NO....accept and expand!  Whatever your partner gives you, accept it and expand it.  So if the partner says "did you see the giant purple bus?"  You can't say "Purple bus...thats stupid"  You have to say "Yes...and it flew across the parking lot past that girl with the flaming hair!"  So, when anyone came up with a suggestion, everyone worked with it till it fit!  Amazing!

I am not the only theater teacher to feel this way, I'm not the only one who has had the band take down my set during produciton week, I"m not the only drama teacher who has kids venting about their family, their friends, their depression...and im not the only drama teacher who has heard  "In the Social Studies departmetn...we do REAL work"  What an enlighening time.  Sat next to the Georgia teacher of the year, and found out we are competing against each other in one act and literary competitions.  She is GREAT!  Met people with resources beyond anything we can muster in two years.  Connections are so important, and somehow, I was named as a theater arts expert!  What a great feeling.  I may not be able to pay my bills, but I am an expert! 

Praise God from whom all blessings flow.  The sun feels better, the wind is more refreshing.  Of course I had to spend the night texting with a little flower child who wanted end her life because nobody likes her and people at school are "talking trash" and staring.  Back to reality...I know...it sucks.  I told her to take off her shoes and get back in touch with Mother.  Theater is important, and changing the world one blade of grass at a time, the best we can hope to do!



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AutoCAD and drafting
by krymsonsky (krymsonsky)
at February 8th, 2009 (04:48 pm)

Does anyone know where I can get a cheap version of AutoCAD?  I can use the University's computers, but with the weather here, it's a pain getting to the library when the lab is open.   Not sure if it's worth buying AutoCAD??? ---but I am taking a scene designclass, and that is where I'm planning my concentration to be, so maybe I  should?
I have a project due soon where we are drafting simple things (learning how to use AutoCAD)  It usually frustrates me...If anyone has any tips that would help!  But as for right now, I don't have any specific questions, but I'll get on and ask if I do!

I was also wondering if anyone had a good link for tech production symbols...this is the list:
Doorway with Swing direction
Sliding Door
Two way Door
Casement window
Regular tread staircase

I think I'm just nervous about  drafting it right.

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