New Horizons Newsletter
LEHS Theatre, September/October 2014
I hope you are enjoying the weather cooling off. I'm personally hoping for a nice, cool Halloween weekend this year. Here at the school, we are in FULL Fall swing right now. Our Fall production, The Good Person of Szechwan opens next week and we will be auditioning our Winter musical, Thoroughly Modern Millie right after that. We hope you'll join us for both. Included below are dates/times.
The Good Person of Szechwan, by Bertolt Brecht
Performances: October 16-18, 7:30 p.m.
$5 students, $7 adults
Thoroughly Modern Millie auditions
Choose a date: October 22 or 23, 4:45 - 6:45 p.m.; callbacks October 24 4:45 - 6:45 p.m.
Tech crew head interviews: October 22 or 23, 4:45 - 6:45 p.m.
Please remember that all theatre students are required to attend a performance of The Good Person of Szechwan. I have ushering opportunities available for students who need help with the ticket price. Students who cannot attend any of the performance dates need to see me in advance.
Theatre I is just astounding. We've been running through some basic exercises to build an understanding of acting as communication of story and they are knocking everything out of the park! We just finished up "contentless scenes" and their understanding of subtext is the best I've had at this age and level. Wow! Next up, we will read our first play and learn about how to plan, record and follow blocking, including, but not limited to how to make "pretty" stage pictures.
Theatre II is also rocking out their content. They are working on their Theatre History unit and, although they are not quite finished yet, I can tell their theatre models are going to be extraordinary. Each group has a different time period that is important in the history of theatre around the world. Over the course of several weeks each group studies their period in depth and prepares to give a hands-on lesson to the rest of the class at the end of the month by "taking over the classroom" for a day.
Theatre III/IV students just completed their first audition monologue. These can be used for college or professional auditions. They learned about choosing parts within their range, as well as finding and cutting monologues to an appropriate length. We did peer and teacher critiques before final performances. Their end products included a professional introduction or "slate" and we practiced quality transitions at the beginning and the end of the monologue. Audition monologues are acting gold, because they require young actors to be good at everything in a very short performance. This makes them very rehearsable, but also full of meaty acting challenges. Definitely be proud of your students for doing such high level work!
We've been working so hard getting ready for Good Person of Szechwan and we're almost there! Right now, we're tightening up our cues and getting the rest of the technical elements added end. This is a prolific show and students are off-book (memorized) at this point - a feat in and of itself - and are polishing their wacky, over-the-top characters. We are in our final push to be performance ready by Thursday. Please be supportive of your students this last week. I can guarantee they will be tired. Please help them remember to eat, sleep and drink lots of water. If you have any other "stay healthy" routines, especially as we enter influenza season, please encourage them to use those right now! Finally, thank you to all the Productions parents for the support and encouragement you give.
Dates to Remember
October 16, 17, 18 - The Good Person of Szechwan performances
October 21 - NACAC Performing and Visual Arts College Fair, 7-9 p.m., Irving Convention Center, register at www.gotomypvafair.com
October 22, 23, 24 - Thoroughly Modern Millie auditions
October 24-26 - ITS and Drama Club fall volunteer project at local haunted house
October 25 - LEISD Halloween Festival - ITS/Drama Club is painting faces!
November 16 - New Horizons Improv Troupe outreach event with local DI group
December 1 - semester play reviews due
Rachel M Carothers
Mrs. Carothers (and Cai & Adair) and Mr. Aprea are looking forward to a great year!