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

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

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

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

Satisfaction Saturday

Satisfying Hard Work

I am feeling very satisfied with the hard working, giving spirit of the kids and family members that came to work on the set over this Labor Day weekend.  While others were spending time playing, these awesome people labored! Hardworking students really is an endangered species in today's environment.  I am blessed to have a… Continue reading Satisfying Hard Work

Thought Tuesday

A Few Simple Ways Parent Involvement Can Help Increase Student Attendance at School

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

Thought Tuesday

Setting up Your Teen for High School Success in 8 Simple Ways

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

Theatre Thursday

The Shocking Amount Created in 5 Weeks at CET

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

Family Friday

Summer is Moving Along

Doing a little catch up. Last Saturday John went on a little hike.  He left on Friday evening and slept in his car.  In the morning, he got up and hiked to Jefferson Park in the Cascade Mountains.  It looks very pretty.  However, I don't see myself making this walk.  He said it was harder… Continue reading Summer is Moving Along

Theatre Thursday

4 Weddings and No Funeral… Which Show is Which?

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?