"You were once wild here, don't let them tame you!" ~Isadora Duncan
"Be faithful to that which exists within yourself." ~Andre Gide
"Follow your bliss!" ~J. Campbell ... and my folks!
"The idea of waiting for something makes it more exciting." ~Andy Warhol
"There is no passion to be found playing small - in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living." ~Nelson Mandela
"...open and expanding like an unfinished book..." ~Quote from a friend, Travis Judd
"Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible." ~St. Francis of Assisi
"And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same." ~Nelson Mandela
"The capacity to be puzzled is ... the premise of all creation, be it in art or in science." ~Erich Fromm
"Between two evils, I always pick the one I never tried before." ~Mae West
"Theatre is a form of knowledge; it should and can also be a means of transforming society. Theatre can help us build our future, rather than just waiting for it." ~Augusto Boal
Monday, July 25, 2011
Did everything fall out of the campers heads over the weekend?
So the weekend proved to be beneficial for most (though not all) of the older kids in Into The Woods. We had a stumble thru today, 6 days after they got the scripts, and they did very well - almost entirely off book and with not "too many" line bobbles and all that! They know most of scenes 1-3, it gets shaky in scene 4 & 5, and they were (again for the most part) all really trying with their characters. Volume needs help, seems not to matter how much I ask they are often not projecting, and or putting their butts to the audience (or sometimes their shoulders). And I find it interesting that, as teens who are always making loud noise and always want to be the center of the universe, you put them on stage and they get soft, turn their backs or sides to the audience, and can't seem to understand that you don't have to look people in the eyes with every word they say - ESPECIALLY IN THEATRE! Hahaha...
But I digress, they did really well!
Aristocats did alright this morning. We have 2 pages worth of text left to "officially" block and the show will be done. If Woods wasn't doing a stumble thru this afternoon (that the Aristokids watched) we would have gotten thru it entirely. We'll get'er'done in the morning tomorrow, and then it's their - YIKES, gulp - turn for a stumble thru. Considering they have more real dance/music numbers we're going to have to work on blending the staging with choreography and vice versa ... and well, I bet one or two of those kids (ok, maybe more like 5 or 6) will have their lines "memorized" the way the older kids did today. We'll see.
Tomorrow should be really interesting ... ahhhhh ha ha ha ha!!!
Some character work, some section work, some run thrus ... some crazy'ness ... awesome!