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
I can't really explain it, but I have to admit, what is a summer without watching Jaws? Today I watched Jaws as I worked on a few projects around the house. First of all, I will be honest, the film isn't really about a shark... or is it? I read the book when I was… Continue reading Blockbuster
It is hard to recreate something you built before. It never quite recreates with the same amazing look. Although I like how the set for Lion King Jr at CET has come together, but the original set is a work I love! Click here to read about that show and that set. The director for… Continue reading
Right now, at CET, I am teaching a beginning tech theatre class. The majority of the students in my class are between 4th and 7th grade. This past week I taught them a 3 day unit on costuming. We didn't make anything a person could wear. We learned basic hand sewing skills. We learned how… Continue reading Teaching Basic Skills
I had a fun time with a few of my Thespians over the Independence Day celebration. They decided to enter a float for the annual 4th of July parade. I was tired of the "float" we had done for the past few years. I just didn't want to get out the Cinderella pumpkin carriage once… Continue reading 4 Weddings and No Funeral… Which Show is Which?
I am off and running on my next theatre adventure... Children's Educational Theatre (CET). I work as the Tech Director for CET. I am responsible for the set designs for 5 shows, lighting for 2 shows, and helping other tech staff getting their assigned jobs done (sound for 9 shows, props for 8 shows, puppets… Continue reading Modeling Reality – Set Models