Spring is here and so is our spring schedule. It's busy. Everyday is a new activity. There is never a dull moment. We are always learning. The little people at home are keeping us busy... mostly cleaning up after and rescuing Holland. He climbs everything. Kimber and Ray tried to block the ladder to Freya's… Continue reading Learning Moments
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!
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
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
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
So... why are the arts the first thing on a chopping block when budgets are in crisis?