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Crew Chief Leadership Training

Crew Chief Leadership Training   Most students don’t have a lot of leadership experience, and yet a good, strong student-centered theatre program relies on a continuous round-robin of student leaders.  Here are some guidelines and suggestions for how you can train your students to be thoughtful and effective student leaders.   Meet early and often…

To keep your job, you gotta have class!.

To keep your job, you gotta have class!.

I’m talking about enrollment. So I’ve got half a dozen ideas that could help you strengthen your enrollment for next fall, because it’s already — for a lot of school systems — time to start registering kids for classes for next year. And as much as they enjoy being in the shows, you know that…

7 Steps to Pick Up the Pace of Scene Changes

7 Steps to Pick Up the Pace of Scene Changes

Aaargh! I couldn’t believe it. I saw a show recently, a high school production. It was very good, but the scene changes made me cringe! So, here are seven steps to speeding up your scene changes so they don’t kill the pace of your show. (And this was the adults who were responsible, not the…

7 Steps to Smoother Show Auditions

7 Steps to Smoother Show Auditions

(BTW, Share your audition stories, questions and suggestions at FB’s Theatre Teachers Conspiracy) Hi. I’ve been thinking about it being audition season for a lot of folks for their spring musical and I want to share some ideas about those famous auditions. The first is that, if you don’t already do this, you might consider…

Preparation and Appreciation

Preparation and Appreciation

As you prepare for the coming year, you may be excited about trying out new lesson plans, re-connecting with students, and anticipating the upcoming productions. Perhaps you’re greeting the school year with a mixture of joy and dread – no more sleeping in! Maybe you are a little hesitant to hand over your life again…

“Creative Coffeehouse” – a meaningful program builder

“Creative Coffeehouse” – Or whatever you want to call it, is a simple small event that costs you little to put on, but seems to be popular and meaningful to students, providing an alternative experience to the big stage.  For the cost of custodial fees (or even less, depending on your school), you can present…

So You Had a Bad Day…

The greater part of my adult life was as a teacher – not counting the three years of singing and acting, touring clubs with a cover band.  While singing was fun and fulfilling on many levels, it was not enough for me…but that’s another story. What matters is you and your experience. What drove me…

Post-show Reverie

Post-show Reverie

I just returned from seeing a production of Peter Pan, Jr. at the secondary school where I used to teach.  This was not “a middle school show” or “a high school show,” it was simply a wonderful production. The cast were entirely middle school students, and most of the crew were high school students, but…

Casting Your Musical

Approaching that Critically Collaborative Creature:  The Musical! So you’re either getting ready to hold auditions or you’re in the middle of them, hoping your cell phone won’t blow up after you post the cast list for that most intimidating of icons:  the American high school musical.  Here’s my proverbial “two cents worth”—worthy of the taking…

How to Get Cast (or know why you weren’t), pt.1

1. Know the play, so you know what you’re auditioning for.  Annie or Wizard of Oz call for different casting decisions than Rumors or Les Miserables. Are you there? READ IT! What style is called for? Can you project that? Did you?

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