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That’s a Wrap – CET 2019

My summer was crazy busy... per usual over the past 8 years ... working at Children's Education Theatre. Going into the season I knew it would be my last season. It was also the last season to be held in The Rose Theatre at South Salem High School. I knew I needed to go out… Continue reading That’s a Wrap – CET 2019

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Putting it Together – A Midsummer Night’s Dream

One afternoon, after a particularly busy day at the state Thespian Festival, my friend Jeff approached me and said he had signed us up to do something new. It was a crazy idea. Three schools, three casts, one show. I immediately said, "no!" He didn't listen. Thus began my journey with "Jeff's Wild Hair." There… Continue reading Putting it Together – A Midsummer Night’s Dream

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Rocking the House with Schoolhouse Rock JR

Our spring Production Workshop project was Schoolhouse Rock Live JR. I love the spring production because students are involved from the beginning of the production process to the end of the process. Students are designers and decision makers from beginning to end. This was the first production we attempted having a student choreographer. She was… Continue reading Rocking the House with Schoolhouse Rock JR

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Tradition! Lessons Learned Working on Fiddler on the Roof

A highlight in the 2018-19 school year was working on Fiddler on the Roof. This show is a dream show for my co-worker, Jeff. The trick is, you need a Tevye. And we had a Tevye! Due to concert season (elementary schools and the Christmas season) rehearsals began in the cafeteria. The set/prop builds started… Continue reading Tradition! Lessons Learned Working on Fiddler on the Roof

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World Theatre and Student Written One Acts

The first semester of the 2018-2019 school year, I helped my friend Jeff with another opportunity in teaching kids about theatre through the medium of world theatre. Throughout the semester we used Indonesian Shadow puppets, dances from around the world, and a Latin American fairy tale to inspire new students in a beginning acting class.… Continue reading World Theatre and Student Written One Acts

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Restoring Joy Through Mamma Mia!

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!

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Devising Creativity – Creating from Scratch in High School Theatre

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

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Worth the Risk

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

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Exploring World Theatre with the Poi Ball

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

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Building a Taverna for Mamma Mia

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