29 August 2009

TAaM Week of Aug 31 [Updated]

We are in the LT starting Monday at 4pm
Full company is called at 4pm each day this week, with stage prep and building taking place after at 6:30 each night.

[update] THEATER ACCESS - will likely be from the Band Room/ Ceramics hallway, but MAY be via the Auditorium Lobby, as the campus is supposedly 'open' as of Monday AM. Signage should be obvious and apparent in any case

26 August 2009

TAaM -sickos :)

Several cast are sick - several more are out of town, so the combo isn't good for today. Tomorrow will happen and we'll figure out what we are doing when we all get there - meantime, take at least 90 minutes today looking over lines and maybe running your pages with a friend or family member on book.

24 August 2009

New ROOM!!! Plus classes and Troupe stuff

Just kidding. We are in the same room as last year, it just has a different number now :) The old FA1 has been split into TWO classrooms, so they are now numbered FA1 and FA2, which means Choir/Orchestra (old FA2) is now FA3, Band is FA4, Ceramics FA5, Art FA6, Little Theater FA7, the 'new space' which will be partially ours and partially for music is FA8 and I presume the room above Band and Choir is now either FA9 or someone had an attack of logic and realized it was a second floor space and perhaps designated it FA 20 something. Anywho...

Also WE NEED STUDENTS. Low registration numbers for Advanced meant that dropped back down to one class section now (with like 35 (19 3rd 4th yr, 14 2nd yr, I think) students). Stagecraft is now block 2 (so not a place to dump freshmen in need of an elective) and as of now has 7 students. It might actually be productive.

One intro class has 15 - I'd like it to 20 or 22. I'd also like one or two 3rd/4th yr students in each Intro block as Academic Tutor / Peer Coaches. I'd like an Aide in Advanced.

I strongly encourage 3rd or 4th years who are thinking seriously about doing this beyond NMHS to consider Stagecraft. Additionally, if you plan to direct as a senior project (ever, not just this year), I am going to consider making a semester of stagecraft a requirement (eventually) OR having been an academic tutor / peer coach in an intro class OR maybe both... This year, I am simply strongly encouraging that :).

Competitions: This year the Thespian events will likely have a bit more of a price tag. We've been carrying some of the costs from the Drama ASB account and it is getting low :(. Our new Treasurer will be in charge of consolidating receipts and making sure our entry paperwork is in order and calculated correctly. She won't be handling money directly. I expect we won't be able to fully comp state entries this year, for example (that hit us for nearly $1000 last year).

One last note: The Thespian Troupe has bylaw/guideline thingies that require at least a minimal level of participation to maintain as an 'active' troupe member, which in turn is a qualification for being an officer. Minimal participation includes being in a class OR working on shows. Working on shows includes ANY of the jobs associated with a show that will earn a Thespian Point. If you are taking a class, you don't need to work on EVERY show. If you aren't, you technically do, even if it just means you usher to the tune of a full point (10 hours, roughly 4 performances worth). So, troupe members and officers, please make sure you have 'jobs' for each production this year, or get signed up in one of my classes, even as an aide.

22 August 2009

Something to take a quick look at

Season Shirt?

I've done a different version with black sleeves... also an all black crew shirt with black graphics (as an inside joke, kinda)

21 August 2009

TAaM - Week of Aug 24

These sessions are in H2 (Peugh's)

Aug 24, 10am Act I complete (understudy as Dru)
Aug 25, 10am Act II complete (understudies as Dru and Henrietta)
Aug 26, 10am Act III complete (understudy as Dru)
Aug 27, 10am Act III plus pickups from I
Aug 28, 10am Act III plus pickups from II <-- Yes, Friday

All sessions will run until 1pm

All cast and staff please attend all sessions. Staff will be running line work from other scenes, understudy work, etc in alternate spaces throughout the time. The schedule reflects what will be happening in the main space with me.

No scripts in hand, plz :)

15 August 2009

TAaM - Possible Schedule Adjustment

Hey all. I may be traveling to a Thursday funeral in upstate New York. I am looking into arrangements and may have to leave as early as Wednesday AM. Obviously we can't go w/o rehearsing during the time in question, but if we can get VIM or staff adult to supervise, Jordan W can run the scheduled scenes and the extra cast DON'T have to come and run lines in sep space... I will know more by midday tomorrow.

13 August 2009

TAaM - Week of Aug 17

Aug 17, 10am Act I, scene ii; 11:30am Act II
Aug 18, 10am Act I, scene ii; 11:30am Act II
Aug 19, 10am Fights (Steve, Kim, Kay); 11am Act III
Aug 20, 10am Act I, scene i; 11:30am Act III

All sessions will run until 1pm

All cast and staff please attend all sessions. Staff will be running line work from other scenes, understudy work, etc in alternate spaces throughout the time. The schedule reflects what will be happening in the main space with me.

I hope to arrange ONE DAY during this week where they will allow us an escort to the LT and we can clear the stage so it is EMPTY ready for Aug 31 building. As I learn more, I will post.

PLEASE MAKE SURE BRANDEN HAS YOUR PHONE NUMBERS, and that you have him, Jordan W and myself in your phones. Calls or Text Messaging are perfectly fine for getting in touch about schedule issues and days you will not be there.

See ya!

06 August 2009

OSF Specials for this week!

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This week:

Equivocation - Sunday, Aug. 9, 8:30 p.m. - This show is excellent, but would carry an R rating if it were a motion picture for language and brief nudity
Paradise Lost - Sunday, Aug. 9, 2:00 p.m.
Don Quixote - Sunday, Aug. 9, 8:30 p.m.

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Thoughts on "Twelfth Night"?

So with the A Christmas Carol thing being ugh, the next thought to come to mind was this: Christmas Carol was kind of taking the place of a Shakespeare this year, as another "established work from the English literary canon"

If we dump it, we could replace it either with another Christmas-y piece (like Reckless, which some of you may remember from State last year), or with a Shakespeare (to keep our streak unbroken).

Twelfth Night might be the 'logical' choice, given everything else...

05 August 2009

TAaM - Week of Aug 10

Aug 10, 10am Act I, scene ii; 11:30am Act II
Aug 11, 10am Act I, scene ii; 11:30am Act II
Aug 12, 10am Fight (Steve, Kim, Kay); 11am Act III
Aug 13, 10am Act I, scene i; 11:30am Act III

All sessions will run until 1pm

Staff expected at ALL
Understudies Expected anytime the principal is called
Blocking is primary undertaking here, but there will be some other work.

See ya!

02 August 2009

TAaM

Come to the H Building at the extreme SOUTH end, nearest the Child care center... it's the ONLY way into the school. We'll be in one of the rooms not being used for an office (Warren or Isaacs, most likely). I will find out from the Admins when I get there, actually.

Don't panic :)