I figure it is about time I blogged about the shows I've worked on this year. I will start with the life lessons learned from our first show in the season, Mamma Mia. First, if you want to check out how we created a beautiful Greek island on our little school theatre stage, check out… Continue reading Restoring Joy Through Mamma Mia!
I have decided today to make a Theatre Thursday post. It's been awhile. Sometimes I don't have a ton to say. Sometimes I am not home where all my pictures are to make a post about one of the shows I have been working on (today is a good example of this problem, but I… Continue reading Devising Creativity – Creating from Scratch in High School Theatre
This week we have held auditions for our next big show at school. Each student put their best foot forward. What I appreciated most is this... each student was willing to go outside their comfort zone. Some students were willing to go further than others. These students were a surprise... a good surprise. This is… Continue reading Worth the Risk
This semester I am helping at the high school again in the World Theatre class. We have completed the unit on Indonesian shadow puppet were the students created puppets and a scripted based on creations stories from around the world. This past week we started the unit on telling stories through dance from around the… Continue reading Exploring World Theatre with the Poi Ball
For the last 6 weeks I have been working on the set for Mamma Mia at Central high School. It has been a huge project. It all started this past summer when my husband, daughter and co-worker went to see Mamma Mia at Broadway Rose in Portland. My co-work turned to me and said, "I… Continue reading Building a Taverna for Mamma Mia
Theatre has always been a place of self discovery for me. It has been a place where I could make sense of the world around me. Everyday I help out with the theatre program in my local school. Every day I see kids get out of their superficial cellular lives and start interacting with others,… Continue reading Theatre Helps a Person Discover Who They Are
So... why are the arts the first thing on a chopping block when budgets are in crisis?
I was a substitute today at school. In Production Workshop we are beginning a unit on improving character development. I showed the class a couple of great clips where seasoned actors shared some sound advice about the development of a solid, believable character. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M-Kx_qNmzI0 I love what he had to say. He said it wasn't… Continue reading The Job of the Actor is to Understand, Not Judge the Character
Nearly all of the organizations I occupy myself, survive because of the generosity of volunteers. Whether I am working in a theatre setting or a school setting, volunteers play a pivotal role in the success of the project. However, some of the places I volunteer and work at are losing qualified, creative, seasoned, and hard… Continue reading Retaining the Life Blood of Volunteers
You may be shocked to see just how many shows I design, organize and build, get performance ready and then strike, all within a 5 week period. I also manage and track the progress of the other tech staff (props, puppets, masks, lighting and sound). I do pick up a saw or a drill or… Continue reading The Shocking Amount Created in 5 Weeks at CET