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Post-show Reverie

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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

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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

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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?

Audition Prep for Parents

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Audition Prep for Parents

I recently came on as the new director at a very active-parent school. After auditions and casting for the spring musical, there was quite a bit of commotion in the community.  So, I decided to use the upcoming parent booster meeting to let the parents in on my process: Since I didn’t know who this…

Tearing My Hair Out!!

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Tearing My Hair Out!!

What is the stuff that’s making you crazy these days? Kids? Parents? Admin? Guidance? That scene shift that takes forever??… VENT HERE!

Favorite Warmups?

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Favorite Warmups?

What is your favorite way to start drama class? Please comment with a clear description; perhaps we’ll include it in our new calendar of warmup games!

Gringa Frijoles

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Gringa Frijoles

A tale of discovery in an ESOL-Theatre class, by Zoe Dillard

Safe Schools

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Safe Schools

One aspect of education in which I am very interested is “Safe Schools,” including staff development that insures a positive, caring attitude toward students from a variety of cultures, who may be undocumented. In the present national climate of legitimizing bullying, we cannot take for granted that everyone–even educators–is automatically nurturing and compassionate toward ALL…

How Do You Recharge?

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How Do You Recharge?

What works best for you, to recharge your batteries during a vacation?  Do you promptly get sick…now that you can afford the time?  Do you sleep for three days? Do you go as far away as possible? Are you still going in to school every couple of days…just to finish something up…or set something up? Share…

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