Family Friday

Wrapping up the Week by Wrapping up the Play

Well... this week we wrapped up the production of Fiddler on the Roof. Lilli was a trouper. Not only did she perform on stage, she helped me with multiple old age makeup recipients while I got 12-15 young men into fake beards. I am grateful she is a willing helper. AND that she is skilled… Continue reading Wrapping up the Week by Wrapping up the Play

Theatre Thursday

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

Theatre Thursday

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

Theatre Thursday

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

Theatre Thursday

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

Theatre Thursday

Theatre Helps a Person Discover Who They Are

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

Family Friday

Off We Sprint into October

Your weeks keep moving forward and by the looks of these family posts you may think that the only activity we ever do is work on the set for Mamma Mia.  Well... I do spend a ton of time doing that.  It is true.  However, the real truth is, it's the only time I think… Continue reading Off We Sprint into October

Family Friday

Wrapping Out September

It has been another busy week... starting with Saturday. I started the morning at the high school working on the set for Mamma Mia.  Ii was on my own with this work party.  The kids try hard and are learning good skills, but the work went rather slow.  I did get a couple dads helping… Continue reading Wrapping Out September

Theatre Thursday

The Job of the Actor is to Understand, Not Judge the Character

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