Monthly Archives: November 2016

Lines and Movement

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After gathering in the Dance Studio for preliminaries, the students split into 2 groups.  One group went into the Theatre to run through the first 7 scenes of the play and the other began the process of developing ideas for the movement and dance pieces.  Miss Izzy, Lily and Jade were joined by Miss Fan to help with the Dancers and the challenges that lay ahead.  The students who were tasked with learning lines during the week did not disappoint in the main and some changes have already emerged which need to be implemented down the track.  The wings of the stage saw students sitting and refreshing lines before their cue and others sat in the audience trying to get a feel for the script.  The make up team  researched and experimented with ideas and practiced some newly acquired skills on each other and the costume room was also sorted.  All in all it has been a great start.

 

Soldier on.

Everyone has a job to do.

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After three sessions of front loading in preparation for the play, the hard work is about to begin in earnest. Today roles and parts were allocated so that each person can now focus on the important part they play in the production process. Some were disappointed in not getting a speaking part and some were nervous about getting one. We discussed how all the parts and roles were of equal value and that everyone needs to support the production by having the desire, the belief and the right attitude towards making it a great success. Casting is always the most challenging part of the process and no doubt there will be some changes and adjustments along the way.

Two secondary school students have now joined Miss Izzy in developing and designing the dance and movement parts of the play. Lily and Jade helped put the students through their paces and I look forward to seeing how that develops. I always think that the dance is the most challenging part of the process.

So much talent.

The Acting Circle

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The students were tasked with remembering a few simple lines from the script this week which they needed for a very energetic activity in the session. A large circle was formed which each student ran around the perimeter and entering the centre of the circle where they would then say the learnt lines with enthusiasm. The group supported each student with cheers and applause. Great fun!

The second part of the session saw movement and dance techniques which each student participated showing improvement as the activity progressed. Hopefully by next week, we will be in a position to name the parts and various roles.

Lines and Movement

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As the second rehearsal for the Production got underway, it was evident that the enthusiasm and excitement from the previous week had not waned. Students had the opportunity to use a few lines from the script and with a partner, make the lines come to life. It was interesting to see how they experimented with different voices in an attempt to animate the lines. In the latter part of the rehearsal, all the students participated in some challenging movement routines which highlighted those participants who were willing to take a risk and give it a go. Even in the space of a week, much improvement was obvious.

Roll on next Tuesday.

 

 

A great start

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Over 70 Year 5 and 6 students auditioned for the Primary Production and attended the first rehearsal. We began by discussing the expectations and the long journey ahead which will culminate in the performances in the last week of March. There was much nervous excitement. After briefly introducing the main characters in the story and watching a clip of the “Wind in the Willows,” we were put through some dance moves and exercises by Miss Izzy who has generously volunteered to be our choreographer.

I can’t believe that this time has come around so quickly and I am encouraged by the enthusiasm of the students who will help make this production a great success.

Stay tuned.