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theater terms explained
by mrdixon (mrdixon)
at December 19th, 2008 (02:02 pm)


In is down, down is front; Out is up, up is back; Off is out, on is in; and of course -
Right is left, and left is right.
A drop shouldn't and
A block and fall does neither.
A prop doesn't and
A cove has no water.

Tripping is okay;
A running crew rarely gets anywhere; A purchase line will buy you nothing;
A trap will not catch anything and
A gridiron has nothing to do with football.

Strike is work (IN FACT, A LOT OF WORK) and
A green room, thank God, usually isn't. Now you are fully versed in Theatrical Terms -
"Break A Leg..."


mrdixon [userpic]
You know you work in community theater if
by mrdixon (mrdixon)
at November 10th, 2008 (05:29 pm)

You Know You Work in Community Theater if...


...your living room sofa spends more time on stage than you do.

...you have your own secret family recipe for stage blood.

...you've ever appeared on stage wearing your own clothes.

...you can find a prop in the prop room that hasn't seen the light of day in ten years, but you don't know where your own vacuum cleaner is.

...you have a Frequent Shopper Card at The Salvation Army.

...you start buying your work clothes at Goodwill so you can buy your costumes at the mall.

...you've ever cleaned a tuxedo with a magic marker.

...you've ever appeared on stage in an outfit held together with hot glue.

...you've ever appeared in a show where tech week is devoted to getting the running time under four and a half hours.

...you've ever appeared on stage in an English drawing room murder mystery where half the cast spoke with southern accents.

...your children have ever begged you not to buy them any more Happy Meals.

...you've ever appeared in a show where the cast outnumbered the audience.

...you've ever gotten a part because you were the only one who showed up for auditions.

...the audience recognizes you the minute you walk on stage because they saw you taking out the trash before the show.

...you've ever menaced anyone with a gun held together with electrical tape.

...you've ever had to haul a sofa off stage between scenes wearing a dinner gown and high heels, and you're a guy.

...you've ever played the father of someone your father's age.

...your kids know your lines better than you do.

...your kids DELIVER your lines better than you do.

...you get home from rehearsal and have to go back to the theater because you forgot your kids.

...you've ever appeared in a show where an actor leaned out through a window without opening it first.

...you've ever had to play a drunk scene opposite someone who was REALLY drunk.

...you've ever heard a director say, "Try not to bump into the furniture," and mean it.

...you've ever appeared on stage with people you're related to.

...you've ever heard the head of the set construction crew say, "Just paint it black - no one will ever see it."

...you've ever appeared in a show featuring a flushing toilet sound effect.

...the set designer has ever told you not to walk on the left half of the
stage because the floor's still wet-five minutes before curtain.

...you've ever said, "Don't worry - we'll just hot glue it."

Liz [userpic]
Theater pimpin' - my friend Frederik is in an Oscar Wilde show!
by Liz (labelleizzy)
at June 12th, 2008 (05:42 pm)

he has an LJ at frederik but I don't know if he EVER uses it... anyway, here's what he said:

The reviews are coming in, and we seem to have a hit (though you wouldn't
know it by the disappointing attendance). You only have 2 more weekends
(Thursday through Sunday) to catch this phenomenal show. Don't let it pass
you by!

Artsopilis (member reviews: 5 of 5 stars)
"Highly recommended!"
"If you go to just one play this year, this is the one to see."
"For all the documentary history, the play never bogs down in
antiquarianism, but floats on the sparkling interplay of personalities."

"This production is at its best bringing a doc-cinema sensibility to the
stage. Rapid pace, several zones, simultaneous action and clipped speeches
create the sense of newshounds chasing down harried or unwilling witnesses.
... The production invigorates the stage with the cross-cultural tensions
that drove the chaotic, Wilde-trial circus."

KQED (member reviews: 5 of 5 stars)
"I was one of the most compelling evenings of theater I've experienced in a
long time. ... Balancing the three protagonists is Kevin Copps, who is
wonderful as Wilde's skilful-but-pragmatic attorney, and Frederik Goris, who
is sympathetic and engaging as Queensbury's first defender. The back and
forth between Aney's Wilde and Goris's Carson is one of the many high points
of the piece."

See you at the show!


On 5/27/08 1:30 PM, quoth Frederik Goris <fred@belgian.org>:

> Yes, friends, the dry spell of theatre forced on me by grad school has come
> to an end. I'll be appearing in a production of "Gross Indecency: The Three
> Trials of Oscar Wilde" by Moisès Kaufman, opening THIS WEEK.
> Here's the blurb that the producer wanted me to send out. Scroll down to
> the end for some important additional info:
> --- snip ---
> Oscar Wilde is not only arguably one of the most famous English speaking
> playwrights, but is also the center of one of history's most captivating and
> heartbreaking stories. "Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde",
> by Moisès Kaufman, tells the story of the decline of the most notorious
> artist of the time and marks a major turning point in the history of gays
> and lesbians. From the one of the creators of "The Laramie Project", "Gross
> Indecency" weaves together the transcripts from Oscar Wilde's three trials
> with other writings on the subject to depict the string of events that led
> to Wilde's imprisonment, exile and ultimately his death. theatre Q's
> production of "Gross Indecency", directed by George Quick, shows at the
> Dragon Theatre in Palo Alto, 535 Alma Street. Previews begin May 29, 2008,
> and the show opens Saturday, May 31 running through June 22, Thursdays -
> Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 2pm.
> Tickets are available by calling 415-433-1235 or visiting
> http://www.theatreq.org/.
> Told in the same style that would later become world famous with "The
> Laramie Project", "Gross Indecency" uses actual transcripts from the trials,
> interspersed with newspaper coverage of the fracas, as well as letters and
> other writings from the participants and other observers. Such notable
> figures as George Bernard Shaw, Queen Victoria and the author himself are
> among the over 30 characters that appear in the work and are portrayed by
> only nine actors.
> "Gross Indecency", theatre Q's first ever performance during Gay Pride
> month, continues the company's fourth season. 2008 closes for the company
> with the world-premiere musical review, "My Strange Nation, The Music of
> Susan Werner" starting August 14.
> ABOUT THEATRE Q: theatre Q, currently in its first season as
> artists-in-residence at Dragon Theatre, exists to bring work that focuses on
> the evolving images of gays and lesbians in theatre to the greater Bay Area.
> "Snakebit", the company's first Bay Area production was performed in the
> Fall of 2004. Other Bay Area performances include "Cloud 9", "The Sum of
> Us", "Keep the Yuletide Gay", "Torch Song Trilogy", "Walking the Dead",
> "Things You Shouldn't Say Past Midnight" and the critically acclaimed "And
> Baby Makes Seven". Theatre Q can be contacted at infotheatreq@aol.com or
> 510-326-8197.
> Tickets available by calling 415-433-1235 or visiting
> http://www.theatreq.org/.
> --- snip ---
> Now what they DON'T tell you:
> Preview tickets are only $10. Hey, that's less than a movie in these parts!
> Some come on down to Palo Alto this Thursday and Friday for some awesome
> theatre at a great price.
> Also, the Dragon Theatre (which is right across the street from the Palo
> Alto CalTrain, for all you public transit types) is REALLY SMALL. There
> are, literally, 42 seats in the house, which is about HALF the size of the
> other small venues I usually appear in. So get your tickets soon, or they
> might just sell out!
> That's about it, I guess. I hope to see you at the theatre!
> -Frederik


: Frederik Goris : "The thing that makes Shakespeare breathtaking :
: fred@belgian.org : and defines poetry [is] the simultaneous com- :
: www.belgian.org : pression of language and expansion of meaning." :
: : - Tom Stoppard :

Ethan Frantz [userpic]
High School Theater Article in Time
by Ethan Frantz (ef2p)
at May 28th, 2008 (09:04 pm)

There is a short article in last week's Time magazine about high schools doing more edgy musicals.

Bye Bye, Birdie. Hello, Rent

Donna Letzter, the theater director at West Aurora High School in Aurora, Ill., has put on ambitious shows in the past like Cats and Les Misérables, and last year she even figured out a way to get a helicopter to lift off the stage for a production of Miss Saigon. But that was kid stuff compared her challenge this spring: staging the nation's first licensed high school edition of Rent. Though the script had been pruned of most of the roughest material, this is still a musical in which most of the characters are either on drugs, suffering from AIDS, or having sex with members of their own sex. Yet a precautionary letter she sent to parents of the cast seemed to defuse any outrage ("You go girl!" one parent wrote back), and the local paper gave the production a thumbs-up even before it was staged early this month. "The newspaper said, thank goodness the kids are dealing with the issues," says Letzter. "Somebody's not shying away from topics that are difficult."

(rest of the article)

Liz [userpic]
Lesson Plan from around the time of Improv Church...
by Liz (labelleizzy)
at May 28th, 2008 (08:05 pm)

the Unitarian Universalist church I attend and sing in the choir for ran a Sunday in either December or January called "Improv Church" and as part of it they had a call-and-response. I modified for the drama class.

you start with "I belong to an ancient tradition"
and then use that line to alternate between "script" lines.

like this:
Teacher: "I belong to an ancient tradition"
Class: "I belong to an ancient tradition"
1) A tradition which brings Joy to millions (respond)
..."I belong to an ancient tradition" (respond)

2) A tradition which moves tears and laughter.
"I belong to an ancient tradition" (respond)

3) A passionate tradition. A playful tradition.

4) A tradition where teamwork accomplishes all.

5) A History going back centuries.

6) An art which embodies all arts and skills.

"I belong to an ancient tradition"
("I belong to an ancient tradition")

7) We love words, thoughts, stories, feelings, and showing them so others may learn.
"I belong to an ancient tradition"

8) Our brothers and sisters in arts are with us
"I belong to an ancient tradition"

9) And just as those artists generations before us...
</i>10) We're making it up as we go.</i>

corny but with potential!

Liz [userpic]
Save Drama!
by Liz (labelleizzy)
at May 24th, 2008 (03:34 pm)

Hello to friends and parents of YVHS Drama:

We only found out about the removal of the Drama class from the YV curriculum on Monday 5/19 at lunch, when I asked a VP about next year's drama enrollment numbers. The students' reaction was anguished and immediate. Once they recovered from the shock however, the immediate response was: "What Can WE do to get Drama back?" Posters and homemade t-shirts of support started appearing the same day and all this week, all over school.
Fairly Long Letter behind cutCollapse )
Please feel free to forward this message to interested students, teachers, parents, PTSA members, community members, theater goers, theater directors, or anyone else you think could provide support or advice on how best to make our voices heard and to spread this information.




I'm sending a copy to all the drama students I have email addresses for, all the drama teachers I have email addresses for, all the drama PARENTS I have email addresses for, my church announcements person, and all the people I've met/communicated with in community theater locally.

Anything else I need to think of? or who else I might send it to?

(sorry for any duplications, posted to my journal, theater_talk, and badass_teacher.)

Liz [userpic]
Drama ethics
by Liz (labelleizzy)
at May 24th, 2008 (12:36 am)

I got into another of those Parking Lot Conversations with someone who asked me, "why are you working so hard to save the program, if you're going to be gone next year?"

...yes, I actually had to EXPLAIN to someone about leaving the place in good shape, doing that because it was the Right Thing... and setting it up for the next guy, was part of why I was ok with losing tenure in the first place.

*shrug* it was a good exercise in making sure I know what I'm doing and why.

If the program is important, it's important whether or NOT _I_ have a personal stake in it, not to mention a paycheck. The Arts Are Important. Period. And Arts that bring such Incredibly Passionate Involvement on the part of the Artists? It's criminal to let them die of neglect or, well, butchery. If you have anything you could do to stop it? You do it.

Seems pretty simple to me, but then I love these kids almost as much as I love the ones that are blood kin.

(which reminds me I need to ping the other district drama teachers and find out if any other cuts like ours have been made.)

Liz [userpic]
reaping the whirlwhind - my school administration...
by Liz (labelleizzy)
at May 19th, 2008 (08:10 pm)

Back at Semester change, the front office thought it would be a good idea to "make labelleizzy's job easier" by transfroming Drama into a Speech class.

~_^ ?

have you MET any of my Drama students? Have you SEEN any of their productions? Can you GROK how insanely passionate these teenagers are about this particular discipline?

I still don't know how, but between me and two of my most articulate students, we managed to convince the principal and VPS's ("the office", for short) that Drama was a unique beast and deserved a second chance at survival.

So the front office basically said, you guys shape up and participate, and you can keep your class.
Granted, there were no long term promises made EXPLICITLY, but the students took an implicit promise: Do well, and you can keep this thing that you love.

Today at lunch I talked to the VP in charge of making announcements of class cuts.
And, today at lunch she informed me that next year we would have a Public Speaking class, but not a Drama class, and that the Drama kids were verily welcome (my words and emphasis, sorry for the sarcasm) to apply for that as their elective, or to shop around for other electives.

I said, "Are you going to come tell them?"

She said, "No, you can just let them know that if they want to change their schedule once they have a chance to think about it, they can come see me."

I shook my head and said "Okay, I'll tell them."

So today we did a little cleanup of the classroom and theater (Friday were the last of the One Act performances) and I told them we had some business to discuss regarding next year.

It unfolded badly, not that news like this ever unfolds happily.

I had roughly 1/3 of the class crying or sobbing, the rest doing quiet angry or sad things, asking questions, getting louder or quieter. Very quickly, I had about 3 students ask for a pass to the office. These were not the crying students, they were of the smart, focused and determined set.

They were sent back from the office, and the VP I'd spoken with at lunch accompanied them.

(more in a few minutes). will be xposted to my journal, theater_talk, badass_teacher, and englishteachers.

mrdixon [userpic]
el Tango de Roxanne
by mrdixon (mrdixon)
at May 18th, 2008 (07:43 pm)

Choreographed by my daughter, Eryn Dixon, and Danced by the members of my 4th block class (the one with the bandanna is my baby. 

hoping to do the whole piece when we replace the 3 seniors who graduate Friday.

Liz [userpic]
Time is a Moment, Sir...
by Liz (labelleizzy)
at May 16th, 2008 (05:37 pm)

current mood: determined

Last 4 One act performances today. I was in 3 of them, trying (and mostly succeeding) to play the teacher-who-plays favorites in This is a Test. Various students tagged in for students that were absent, and so it was a lot of fun.

I was really nervous the first performance. This got better. I didn't really play a character so much as I let part of myself out to play. The snarky part, I think.

One of the other English teachers said yesterday, "I heard that we might not have a drama class next year!" and I said, "oh really." I'm not too surprised, either at them cancelling it or them not thinking of letting ME know...

the thing is, what with the being let go/filing my resignation at their suggestion, I have nothing to lose, and as Jeff said, they've already written me off, soooo....

I think the next batch of lessons will be about figuring out how to do effective publicity about the existence of a social problem/arts program closure; i.e. letter writing campaign, internet publicity, et cetera.

Anybody else ever fight to keep an arts program alive? Or hear of one in your district that was successful and have an idea of how they did it?

Nothing to lose, and an arts program to gain.

Help me if you know anything or have web or other resources to share, I'm exhausted tonight but wanted to try to harness the mighty power of teh intornetz on behalf of my little Drama Program.

Thanks in advance.


xposted to englishteachers, theater_talk, badass_teacher, and my own journal. Sorry for any annoying duplications.

Let's see what we can do.

mrdixon [userpic]
last eo1a complaints
by mrdixon (mrdixon)
at May 16th, 2008 (01:27 pm)

 eo 1a complaints,  the word frickin was used twice, and you showed a "waffle hut" sketch in which a girl readily admitted to being pregnant but not married.  Shocking!  Naive, thy name is haralson!

Apparently she didn't want her 12 year old and 4 year old daughters exposed to such things, since they have no television in their house they assume their child has never heard worse than "frickin".  Well, live and learn.

At least she didn't complain about the Tango, you can find it on youtube under Mrdixonda.  I wonder how I imbed something like that?

Ok my tech savvy friends, how do I imbed this amazing dance!  



Liz [userpic]
Last production of year, & of my drama teaching career.
by Liz (labelleizzy)
at May 14th, 2008 (10:58 pm)

current mood: tired

Opening night of One acts, and the actors outnumbered the audience, for a change.
they did awesomely, they did it for themselves, so. Yeah it's about the audience but it's also about just putting it up there.

one actor was crying cos her dad was... cruel, if the story is to be believed, to her, just when he arrived to see the show... a mrgly mix at best once she got onstage, but she is a pro and pulled off her lead role only 20 minutes after she'd been sobbing into Sean's shoulder.

I don't want credit, but some recognition or thanks would be appreciated.
I felt ... unappreciated tonight. Tolerated.

but I want to do the right thing so i'm not going to pull a tantrum or whatever, just keep doing the job.
I can feed myself later.
I don't need them to feed me.
No, really.

< /fail to convince self>

that's ok. I will finish this week and then take a day off to take care of me, next week.

Liz [userpic]
Musical review - How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying.
by Liz (labelleizzy)
at April 20th, 2008 (10:58 pm)

current mood: disappointed

The book is dated. so's the choreography that's been used. It obviously took many many man hours of work to get that show up and running, it looked great, a few specific characters (the actors who are very excellent) were phenomenal, but for the performance I saw, there were spotty moments of excellent acting/dancing/singing, with no real ... connectivity. I was sad about that, but then I had heard stories about what a difficult job they were having with rehearsals and commitment and stuff like that..

what I now know, is, I don't like that show. possible that in another's hands it could be quirky rather than offensive, but it was so sexist and stereotypical that it was just ANNOYING. ("Happy to keep his Dinner Warm" comes to mind as a f'rinstance.) Maybe it was just this production. *shrug*

Now for 20 years as choir director at the school I work at, Geoff Carter's quite an amazing teacher, inspirational and ass-kicking as needed... but this one just freaking left me flat. Sad.

mrdixon [userpic]
Encore! Encore!
by mrdixon (mrdixon)
at March 24th, 2008 (12:20 pm)

Oz was a smash success.  For a place that was telling me we would not sell more than 1000 tickets total, we sure surprised them!

1436 total ticket sales, 86 students involved in the production ranging in age from 3 to 18.  Starting a community theater group on April 5th with auditions for "The Rosier Players" authentic tent show theater (even if we will be indoors...pout)  

I never thought I'd be this successful this quick.  I've gone from 12 kids involved to over 100 kids.  Praise God, I've found a place where I can use those talents I thought I'd never be able to use.  

Now, to rest. Because, of course, I'm sick.  Better now than during the show.  



mrdixon [userpic]
Ranting and raving, and angry...oh my
by mrdixon (mrdixon)
at March 11th, 2008 (01:22 pm)

The kids signed a contract!  They had their parents sign a contract.   Did they read them...of course not!

So today, a little freshman comes up to me and says, "I can't stay for Wednesday nights rehearsal...I've got church!"

Church!  Church!!!  I have church too.  I'm the frickin choir director!  and I cancelled rehearsal a week before Palm Sunday so I could be at this DRESS rehearsal!  I think you can miss youth group once!


I can see why two of my kids can't be at thursdays preview night because of a conflict with the track team.  I can see why my Glinda couldn't get out of school to get her hair dyed for the show, I can even understand that kids go to church every wednesday night.  But once...just once, can't she miss youth group so she can be in this amazing production.  

I fired her!  And now I'm all upset about it!  


mrdixon [userpic]
Oz update
by mrdixon (mrdixon)
at February 29th, 2008 (01:08 pm)

Despite my own personal feelings and fears, the chorus of Oz looks tremendous.  So good as a matter of fact that I'm giving them next week off.  Unbelievable as it may seem, I'm afraid they are going to peak too early, and I want them at the top of their game on the 14th.  

The leads, however, are all suffering at this time.  If they haven't had the flu, they soon will, as the entire school system seems to be coming down with something.  One dorothy with pnuemonia and another with strep, a witch who just go over strep and one who doesn't seem to want to take her antibiotics (hint hint) . The scarecrow comes home each night, angry, cross and tired, and eats dinner and goes to bed.  The costumer has to let go of many of her ideas because she just can't make 100 costumes by herself.  Eventually, within 4 years, we will have a costuming department with industrial sewing machines and be able to make the munchkins look like the movie, but not this time.  This time, I will be happy if we just get this show on the boards.

Note to self...do not plan to do two evenings of One acts the week before production week of a major musical.  Too much stress on everyone.  That which does not kill us only makes us stronger, so they say.  In that case, I'm turning into Superman with this production schedule.  Oh, and as if I didn't have enough going on, I'm now the song and worship leader at my church.  Ok, OK, I'm using my talents...really I am!  I'm also happier at this job than ever before.  thanks be to God!!!  

Blessings upon all of you, and may spring come soon for my northern friends.  We already have daffodils in the yard.  I love Georgia!


mrdixon [userpic]
No place like Home
by mrdixon (mrdixon)
at February 16th, 2008 (08:38 am)

I refuse to let my dorothy's say Theres no place like home, in the last scene, until opening night.  Call it an old tradition from the tent show era.  We never said the last line of any show until we were on the road.  Belief was that doing that always kept things fresh in your mind, and didn't jinx the tour.  Kids don't understand this tradition, but that is not important!  What is important is that I don't want to jinx this thing.

We have blocked all but 3 scenes, and we are 4 weeks out!  Off Book next week, working music all week!  This place has some very RAW talent, and of course, angsty teenagers.  Some of my understudies want to simply drop out, and I won't let them.   They can't quit a show, despite what they see as a screw over situation!  I chose them for a good reason!  Many of the kids who didn't get any parts do not display the chops to become a lead.  They just want to be "a star".  Man I hate modern entertainment, making kids believe in the myth of the overnight success!  What a crock.  Every thing I ever got in theater was earned, learned and trained into me.  And I have NEVER played a lead! 

Speaking of Raw, they have no idea what cast gatherings are like! They don't understand getting together outside of rehearsal just to hang out!  They have never held a cast party. Now, I would argue that many of my kids have troubles equal to, if not beyond, most inner city youth.  Meth out here is rampant!  Moonshining is common, abuse is bad and on mondays I figure about half of our kids haven't had a decent meal all weekend!  So much for the myth of living in the rural south.  Tobacco road still exists!  Into this, they have put a multi million dollar facility, and we are doing amazing theater in it!  I've always said, there is a place for everyone in the theater, and we are proving it here.

4 weeks to curtain, bankruptcy hearing in Michigan on Tuesday, driving back to teach on Wednesday.  Off to the Home Depot for my life sustaining supplies.  Blessings upon all who read this, and pray for these wonderful kids...Please?

mrdixon [userpic]
updates on OZ..the saga continues
by mrdixon (mrdixon)
at February 14th, 2008 (12:35 pm)

We have a REAL piano player, and a student who can do the sound effects stuff!! Yeah us!!!  Kids are devouring the coreography rehearsals and working real hard on memorization.  since they must be off book by the middle of next week, that would be good.  Of course, I expect most of them will fall flat on their faces without a book, but that's OK, really.  We still have 4 weeks, and getting out of that script will mean everything to character development and blocking.

the kids here are raw talent, and I mean RAW!  No training at all, they tend to find one level of character and stay there.  No depth, no searching as to how they should feel with this line or that line.  After 2 years of just memorizing (or making up) their lines, I think they are a little shocked.  We are pulling them into something they do not yet understand.  

Theater is all about drawing emotions from an audience.  We will make them laugh, and cry, and be afraid.  Heck, the flying monkees jumping up in the middle of the aisles screaming as Dorothy and the crew are going through the scary forest should just about do the audience in!  Timing, timing, timing...how do I teach that?  Working things over and over until they get it right, and until I have an incredible headache.  I'm working on the headache now!

After this is over, I will post these videos to youtube so you can see what we have pulled off.  I think we are an above average high school production, very above average.  But time will tell



Liz [userpic]
Drama success for the struggling program, struggling director, struggling performers
by Liz (labelleizzy)
at February 13th, 2008 (11:09 pm)

current mood: chipper

They/we pulled off a show.

it wasn't perfect, there were scripts on stage, but HELL YEAH they pulled it out of their collective ASSES!
and Adam did a great job on tech. Not a perfect one either, but a good one. He only stepped on one scene closing line (the actor was about whispering, which was in character but prolly couldnt be heard in the tech booth)

I had people accepting parts TODAY for people who were unexpectedly sick or missing. I will HAVE to do a tally.
One of my actors even left AFTER THE SHOW STARTED and she was in makeup, and everything. Some of the other kids didn't believe she was actually sick. I dunno. Stephanie covered for her, really at last minute. wow.

I got one with a staph infection. (P) He's been out awhile, not likely to be back soon.
I got one who was his understudy who checked out of my class day before yesterday. (M)
however I forgive M because he built us a stage box and stage flats that are freestanding. _and_ outstanding. *shrug*
Dale took over for P/M as second understudy. wow Dale.
E "had to work"... it's probably true in his case, and he's not a performer born soooo... *shrug* again
L has been trying to recover from a strep throat (he was cast as Shakespeare, damn the inconvenience) but then Cierra jumped in to take it. Wow. and she had to read Scene 11 cold, cos she didn't realize L was in the last TWO scenes, she thought it was just scene 10... Wow. And L, if he's better enough, can read it or act it on Friday's performance.
K wasn't here yesterday or today, and Candace grabbed her monologue and read it. Did a damn fine job too.
R. called and said she was throwing up. I hope she's okay.
Paige read for one of her two parts, after memorizing and giving life to HUGE chunks of Lady Macbeth in the original. Haidey read for the other of R's parts and did a fine job. She also got to kill a bunch of people onstage, who loved dying onstage. That part was quite cool.
Alex worked in 4 scenes tonight where he was a) out for a week suspended and b) originally cast in ONE scene. He took over as Robin hood for B, who I haven't seen in class in what? two weeks?
Another M apologized nicely yesterday for flaking on me recently, told me he understood that it was his responsibility... and then flaked again tonight. Dude, whatever. I think Ashley L took it for him... unfortunately she only read the lines. Not much reaction... again *shrug*. we got thru the lines and YAY for the offstage clap! Nyssa "slapped" Alex for that scene, and Tonio provided the slap sound offstage. God bless Dave for the lesson on unarmed combat! wow.

I know I am missing a bunch of stuff. but my head hurts and I can't find the decongestant tabs, dammit.

so I'ma go sit in a tub with a mess of hot tea, a half decent book, and try and get relaxed for bed.

we made some magic tonight. half-assed it may have been, but the ass that it was, was pretty damn funny and pretty damn committed.

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by not that kind of girl (kindofgirl)
at January 26th, 2008 (09:25 pm)

Today we went to the One Act play sub-section contest... and we frickin' won. Here's a few things that happened...

So, this morning I was stressed out, trying to remember everything and make sure we had everything along. In fact, I'm certain that I was more nervous than any of the kids today. I slept during most of the 40 min. bus ride.

We got there, unloaded the set and props into our 10' x 10' box, discovered that one of the drawers to the desk for the show was demolished in transport, tossed it out, and chilled for a couple hours. There were seven plays performing; we were fifth. The first show was a drama about juvenile dentention centers titled Juvie. The second was a sort-of improv comedy titled 15 Reasons Why You Shouldn't Be In A Play. The third was Youth by Thorton Wilder, a drama about an island where they don't value age and people are killed at the age of 29. I didn't see the fourth, High Window, but I heard it wasn't very good. Then we went on, our show is Hard Candy by Jonathan Rand...

Within 30 seconds of trying to set up our flats (we get 10 minutes to set up), two of them tipped over and a nearby pole went THROUGH them. Literally. So, of course, I said, "Goddammit!" (OOPS!! Bad teacher!!) and ran off to get duct tape. It was patched and turned out okay. The show was the best the kids have ever done.

We went to the judge's critique and the first thing he said was, "Well, you have a director that certainly knows what she is doing." That was pretty much the best compliment ever. He didn't really have anything critical to say about the show, which was surprising since sometimes they have some pretty harsh criticism. The kids were really happy, and that's all that matters in the end.

The show after ours was really good, I heard, since I didn't see it. And the last one, Don't Say Macbeth, was a pretty bizarre comedy. At the awards ceremony, the second show of the day got third place. The sixth show, that I didn't see, got second place. At that point, I didn't think we got it. The judges are so subjective that I thought maybe they liked one of the dramas. And then they called our name for first place. The kids freaked out; I was in total shock. We went on stage to get our medals and all the kids hugged me, so of course I cried a little. I was just so happy for them.

On the bus, one of my kids said to me, "Miss P, this is all because of you." And I said, "No, YOU were the one on stage, doing the work." And he said, "No, if it wasn't for you, we never would have been able to do all this." That made all the stress and worry and anger and frustration and long hours all worth it. Sometimes I really, really love my job.