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I have been involved in theatre for nearly forty years. I have twelve important questions to ask about your city’s community theatre.
Forty years—wow, that’s a long time.
I’ve seen fabulous theatre and some really stinky stuff, too. Even on Broadway!
I’ve melted enduring out door theatre in the dead of summer until intermission when I could get some relief in an air conditioned rest room.
I witnessed a famous, well respected professional actor break character and fall into fits of laughter and not able to compose himself right through curtain call.
Another time I caught a dancer kicking a cape off the stage that had fallen off another dancer as he exited.
in horror as a friend’s period wig (1700’s) falls right off her noggin’.
a skirt slowly make its way down a high school girl’s behind because it didn’t get zipped,
a friend swallows a fly while singing
been bitten by mosquitoes while I sang a romantic song trying to dodge the gnats swirling in to my face
heard the crackling sound of beetles squished with my heel while dancing a jig
gained five pounds in one week (!!) from eating fruit pies (meat pies) for Sweeney Todd performing a sight gag
You name it, I’ve seen it or experienced it myself.
Despite all of these experiences (and more), I wouldn’t trade them for anything.
Theatre is a marvelous activity in which to participate, attend or support.
But how does one know the theatre is worth supporting?
Here are the twelve questions to ask of your community theatre:
1. Does the theatre company have a season?
Is the season varied, sprinkled with a comedy, drama and musical? Or do they merely produce the same sort of shows every year? (You know, a Disney musical for the kids, a classic comedy or frightening thriller? Does the company ever produce a brand new play?)
2. Do they sponsor a special event, such as a new play contest?
3. Does anyone else ever rent the theatre for some other activity? Do other theater companies use the venue?
4. Do they welcome to new directors and actually hire them?
5. Do you ever see new performers or designers working at the theatre from time to time?
6. Do the sets and costumes look recycled? Can you name the show a particular costume was worn in another show when you see it paraded in front of you in the present show you are seeing?
8. Does every show poster look like others?
9. Does the company ever try anything new or experimental?
10. Does the company have a youth theatre program?
11. How about any programs for seniors?
12. Did you leave a performance feeling exhilarated by the show?
If the answer to any of these questions is a resounding “no!”, then I’d suggest you support some other company.
Theatre people are creative people. If the theatre never changes, it means it’s on auto pilot and frankly, I wouldn’t support it if I were you. When you do, you are condoning their lack of creativity, their laziness.
So, there you have it–twelve questions to ask about your city’s community theatre.
Trust me, support the new community theatre company who has just opened their doors to the public. They have more chance of doing something new and exciting than the broken record one. They need your support.
What have you seen or experienced in a performance or viewing it? I’d love to hear from you! Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or DeborahBaldwin.net
I’m one of those people who do what they say they are gonna do.
I am adapting Bumbling Bea into a play! (I feel we need trumpets blaring and hi-steppers stepping….This is HUGE people. )
Now you would think this would be an easy feat for me considering how many years I have directed plays.
Nay, nay I say. ( I heard this on the radio one day and it cracked me up.)
I’m stalling, I know.
Directing plays since the dawn of man does make my job easier. It’s a laborious process, however. It takes me about two hours to adapt four to eight pages of the book version. Then I poop out.
Note: This is the first draft of the scene. I haven’t given you a cast list, or description of the set. For those of you who are familiar with the book version, I think you’ll be able to easily follow the play. At least, that’s my hope.
PLEASE BE KIND.
Here it is:
Act one, Scene one. Enjoy!
Note #2: I’m seeking beta readers for the play. Would you be interested in helping? Just think–someday when it is published you can say you helped make it into the terrific play it is destined to be.
I’m a fan of the play version of The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. Bumbling Bea the play is loosely patterned at it.
Also, this is family fair. I expect to see youth theater and community theaters producing it.
I honestly think Bumbling Bea will have much success in play form.
Daring words coming from the cautious me.
Contact me at email@example.com or DeborahBaldwin.net
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I’m feeling in the mood for giving.
So, the top 20 things “must haves” for your drama classroom–There are so many things to think about when you are a beginning teacher. I remember my first year as an English teacher (which was a minor of mine in college.) Since I never student taught in English, I knew very little of what I needed for my classroom. Teachers weren’t as team oriented as they are now and I was on my own to figure out everything.
Now new teachers have a mentor at their school who shows them the ropes of teaching in their school. The first three years of a teacher’s career are the most pivotal. If you “stick” in the job, you’ll probably continue teaching for many years.
But you see, I’m stubborn.
Even though I was completely on my own I wouldn’t give up. Truthfully, it really did take until the third year for me to find my groove. It was a tough experience for me, but I gained so much knowledge from those years. I learned about teaching, but I also learned about myself. (Oh, and my first husband walked out on me two days before my first day of school that first year. Did I mention that?)
So, what does this all have to do with the “must haves “of a drama classroom?
Lots! I’m here to help you. I’m going to make your life easier right.now.
Just Download my list of
“The Top 20 Must Haves for a Drama Classroom” and you’ll be set to go.
I’m always here for you. You aren’t alone on your journey.
Contact me at email@example.com or Deborah@DeborahBaldwin.net
I’m happy to help and advise you.