Theatre


February 2017

Musical Theatre: 

    We have had a bit of a bumpy start to the semester and have lost several of our performers for various reasons at a few of our schools. We are excited to announce, however, that students from other HSC locations will be making appearances at the other school's to fill in the gaps. We are very grateful to these dedicated families. Please help your actors study their lines at home and remind them of our general rules with memorization (if we have learned the scene, the second time we go over it, student's should be "off book").

Technical Theatre: 

    We had a great time with our costume design unit this month and the student's did a wonderful job executing their special effects stage make-up designs. I have pictures of most of the student's who were the model in our aging assignment and would be happy to send them to you upon requrest. This month, we are focussed on the role of the set designer and students will be submitting their designs for the various scenery needs of The Magical Land of Oz. Stay tuned to see the chosen designs that will then be built and used at all locations for this upcoming show!

Actor's Workshop:

    Our advanced actors have collected various monologues and scenes for their individual collections and we have established goals for each student to accomplish this semester. In addition to this goals, students will memorize at least one monologue, learn various audition techniques, and acquire various ways to develop characters and scenes. Be sure to ask your students about, "The Proust Questionnaire," to see what they remember.

Puppet Theatre:

    We have had a blast with our first few projects this semester including finger puppets and barnyard traveling theaters!

Fractured Fairy Tales:

    You've all been invited to The Bug Ball for SpiderallaCast lists are up at most of our schools at this time. Students will have a copy of the script to use at school, but please feel free to contact me via email if you would like digital copy of the script to print at home. 

Improv:

    Improv is such a great way to take a "brain break" from the student's other classes while also working on skill building. This month your take away game is "Pieces of Paper." See below for the basic rules of the game. There's a lot of room for variation in this one so get creative!

1. Fold your paper into small squares.

2. Work with your group to brainstorm different and sometimes random things to say and write them inside the squares.

3. Cut out the squares, folding once, and scattering around your "stage space."

4. Act out a scene with a partner, occasionally picking up one of the pieces of paper and finding a way to make that random line work in your story/scene.


January 2017

Welcome to the Spring semester! This is the time of year that has my tummy full of excited little butterflies as we really start to put the finishing touches on our big show (The Magical Land of Oz)! And, as always, we have so much in store for the semester throughout the department such as our second advanced acting workshop, a fairy tale inspired skit titled, “Spiderella,” and so much more! Check back here throughout the semester for updates, scripts, cast lists, and an improv game teaser to take the fun home with you. We have so much to be proud of in HSC Drama this year. Thank you for sharing your talented students with me.


October 2016

Play Performance:

            Please see below for a copy of the script if you would like to keep one at home. Your student has a copy of the script to use at school each week. Check back throughout the semester for updates on costumes, props, and other exciting things!

The Pint Sized Pirate

Improv:

            This class is such a breath of fresh air and a great way for the students to learn while playing games with each other on stage with different expectations from their performance based classes. I am confident that at this point, students now have the ability to develop scenes, listen to their partners, and react appropriately. See below for a take home game from this month of classes!

Late to Work: Three players are needed. One is the boss, another is the co-worker, and the third is a worker who is constantly late to work. While the late worker is out of ear shot, the other players work with the audience to identify a reason why he/she was late to work that day. The late worker should work to guess the correct excuse to their boss while their coworker pantomimes the reason behind the boss’s back

Technical Theatre:

            This month, we have a tall work order to fill! We will do a training on stage lighting as well as some practical “on the job” trainings where we will work on creating a seating chart at each school in preparation to start selling tickets to our Spring Musical, “The Magical Land of Oz.” We will also work together to develop our marketing plan to surrounding schools and businesses. We had a great time wrapping up our costuming training with their “aging” stage make up practice.

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Puppet Theatre:

            This month, the students and I will be making travel sized barn yard puppet theaters along with the critters to go with them! We will also work on a monkey hand puppet and a wearable snake puppet. So far, almost every class has taken home their own puppet theaters with retractable curtains. They’re such dedicated little puppeteers!

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Actor’s Workshop:

            Make sure you ask your talented little actors about their new monologues. We are getting started on preparing their first piece next week now that their books are stocked with wonderful stories to tell!

Musical Theatre:

            Wow! It is truly starting to feel real now that every school has blocked nearly an entire scene in our show! We require such discipline in this class. I am so impressed with their ability to rise to the occasion with this demanding show. Please make sure your actor is remembering to bring their script every week and prizes will be given to students who memorize as we go!

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September 2016

*The HSC Annual Talent Show is this month! The Tech Crew is in charge of this event from start to finish and they are now accepting sign-ups for each location. There are no age restrictions, but you must be as specific as possible. If they have any questions about your act, they may request a private audition during their class period on your school day. Sign-ups will only be accepted THIS week, so make sure you get your student signed up asap by clicking on the link below! :-)

2016 HSC Talent Show - Sign-ups

Play Performance:

           We had a great time practicing our audition process and once again, these kids make my  job difficult in the best way possible! We are almost finished with casting and over the next couple of weeks, students will start the process of getting to know their new characters as rehearsals begin. Check back next month for the cast list and a copy of the script to have at home. A rehearsal copy will be kept at school for each student.

Improv:

            My improv troupes have really jumped right in this semester! We are still working on learning how to structure a scene from “scratch” and to tell a short story with your scene partner using certain tools like asking questions. Below, you will find the instructions for one of this month’s games that can be played anywhere and with a minimum of 2-3 people.

What are you Doing: Two players should be given two letters from the alphabet in order to make a short sentence (verb + noun). One player should ask the other, “What are you doing?” The second player should respond using the letters to explain what they are doing and the other player then needs to act their sentence out.

Technical Theatre:

            We are headed straight into our costumes unit this month starting with a brand new training in “stage makeup!” We will learn how to age our friends with the art of make-up using professional kits, the design process, and our friends as models! Check back next month for some pictures of the final products.

Puppet Theatre:

            Now that we have a puppet or two and our theaters have been constructed, it’s time to add to our collection. Next month, I will start posting an example of the finished products!

Actor’s Workshop:

            These advanced theatre students have been working on goal setting, characterization, and analyzing a scene. Below are some of the questions they’ve used from “Proust’s Questionaire,” to get to know characters from their past or future theatrical endeavors.

“What do you most value in your friends?”

“What is your favorite occupation?”

“What is your greatest fear?”

“Who are your heroes in real life?”

Musical Theatre:

            What an exciting first month! We are now able to finish up our first read through and jump right in to learning the first few songs and scenes as we move these kiddos from page to stage. Please be aware that this class will at times receive emails from me as we move along in this process. At this time, your actor should have returned the parent letter, audition application, and have a script printed and highlighted that they will need to bring to school each week. Check out this beautiful little over achiever, who also stumbled upon her character’s costume! I bet this made highlighting a little more exciting!


August 2016

Play Performance:

            In this first couple of weeks, the students and I will familiarize ourselves with the script, research, get to know each other as a cast, and prepare for auditions for this semester’s show, “The Pint Sized Pirate.” Please use this newsletter as a tool to gain access to cast lists, costume requirements, and a copy of the script. The students will perform this piece as a part of our end of the year ensemble show, Open House.

Improv:

            My main objectives in these first few classes are to help the students form a bond as a group, establish expectations for the stage and the audience, and to begin understanding the structure of a scene using various acting games.

Technical Theatre:

            This semester will differ slightly from past semesters as I need these student workers more than ever! We are experiencing even more positive change and therefore our lessons will be focused on practical application of new equipment, seating changes, and a larger focus on our marketing goals as a department in addition to some general skill building projects. In our first few weeks together we are focusing on the goals of our Set Designer and the expectations of our crew in the Set Zone.

Puppet Theatre:

            We have a semester filled with brand new puppets and an ongoing theme of story-telling ahead of us! We will alternate each week with either reading a story and creating a themed puppet or creating a unique puppet followed by story-telling games. In the first two weeks of classes, we will decorate puppet theatres to use at school each week that students can take home with them at the end of the semester.

Actor’s Workshop:

            I am so thrilled that we are ready for a class of this nature. I am happy to take the time these students deserve to delve deeper into their skills as actors. In our first month, we are working on building their note books with scenes and monologues of their choosing in addition to working on Objectives & Physical Action within a scene.

Musical Theatre:

            With an entire year to tackle, “The Magical Land of Oz,” the possibilities are absolutely endless! This month, our focus is getting to know each other as a cast, conducting auditions, casting, and hosting our first “table read” to get to know the story, songs, and characters as told by all five of the HSC schools!