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 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
Holy cow! What a week! This week marked the official beginning of school. However, we started the week working at the school over the Labor Day weekend on the set for Mamma Mia. Everyone still living at home went to the school for hours. We started by mapping the floor for the turn table. Then… Continue reading Summer is Over, School is Here
Over the past couple of days I have learned some shocking news about the success of students in public education. Let's just say, attendance is a major issue. News flash: teachers can't help kids learn if kids are not in class. I know there are all kinds of reasons for why kids aren't getting to… Continue reading A Few Simple Ways Parent Involvement Can Help Increase Student Attendance at School
Summer is coming to an end. The school year is just around the corner. My thoughts are turning to making my daughter's sophomore year a successful year. Parents play a vital role in the success of their teen students. By keeping informed, getting involved, and following a few simple helpful suggestions, parents become an important… Continue reading Setting up Your Teen for High School Success in 8 Simple Ways
Wow!!! What a crazy week!!! We have been so crazy busy. We started the week working way too many hours and we ended the week working way too many hours! We worked on a float for the 4th of July parade for my theatre kids. I also helped my friend's cast create a simple set… Continue reading Celebrating Our Independence!
Once again it is dance recital time. Sadly, without glasses I could not really see my beautiful dancer do what she loves. My sound booth is just too far away. Her sister took these pictures of her solo and some kind person took a picture of her in her ballet costume. I do love to… Continue reading Busy week!
This semester I had the pleasure of helping to teach a world theatre class in my high school. World Theatre is an introductory course designed for a general student population that acquainted students with the origins and evolution of non-Western theatre and the performance art of Asia, Africa, and Latin American. Students were introduced to… Continue reading Many Cultures – One Community: My Adventures with World Theatre
I have been thinking a lot about this quote lately. I think it has become my motto in the past month because I am seeing so many people who feel they are "too good" to take a small part, to learn something more, or to need real rehearsal. Dame Judi Dench is one of the… Continue reading Humble Confidence
Sorry to burden you all again, but it's time to get out the soap box about education again. I've done a fair bit of stomping for the arts in past posts. Be sure to go back and check them out here and here and here. I am a definite fan of music and theatre in the… Continue reading It’s Time to Bring Back and Rethink Home Economic Classes