20th May 2019
I have some things that I would like to inform you of- just to prepare you all.
1. Our script FONT: special considerations
2. Our Open Script: Not set in stone
3. Our Casting
4. Our expectations from here
Point 1: We have printed our script in font MS Reference Sans Serif at font size 12. If you should need a copy of the script that has a larger/smaller font due to the special consideration that you have indicated for your child or children, then please let me know. Another document can be printed for you, or if you prefer to have it emailed to you so that you and your child can decide on what is best for them to be able to read and comprehend the script more effectively and efficiently. Please get in touch.
Point 2: How the students see the script right now, is not what they will see at the end of the process.
Our Script was written mostly by myself with input by all of the tutors. It is considered to be a basic structure and outline written in such a way that….
a. The children decide together on how to defeat a villain, both physical and verbal input is encouraged
b. Our students decide on the objects being used in the scene
c. Our students collaborate and devise movement to emphasise the atmosphere or mood of a scene
d. Parts of the play can be edited out as well as parts that can be added in i.e. extra lines
e. Any extra talents your child might have can be added to the play. i.e. Sound effects, acrobatics, karate, singing or playing an instrument.
f. Genders of The Gamers are not set in stone. We actually don’t really care for presenting the “right” gender roles. As long as the children are happy and can transform that character through creative expression
g. Open ended- literally the end is open for the students in each class to have input in the final ending.
This type of improvisation and use of creative expression is something we deeply admire in these processes and encourage. This is where we value the process over product and creative ownership of their final production. All ideas are welcome and will be acknowledged in rehearsal as long as the children have clear communication about this.
Point 3: Our Casting will take place this week and the class tutor knows your child’s strengths and where they need to be challenged. They will cast according to what they have seen in class. Reasons might include
A. Ability to show initiative and focus in class since they have been attending drama
B. Ability to have demonstrated a unique way of using non-verbal and verbal communication in their informal auditions
C. Class size, some of our classes are small and doubling up on characters, the tutor knowing who would be very capable of that task, and who might not find it easy. i.e if you are in a beginner class
D. The tutor knows the student very well and what they are capable of and their abilities to demonstrate a consistent character on stage.
E. Open communication, and special considerations have been discussed previously with that student and/or parent.
Point 4: Our expectations from here. We are not going to lie, rehearsals are tricky and long. They can be compared to training stages for a sport Grand Final. Just like sport or dance group, the team needs to
support one another, by...
· showing up every lesson,
· working as a Theatre Ensemble
· learning to adapt,
· making mistakes,
· learning from those mistakes,
· being focused each lesson
· bringing ideas
· communicating about how their feeling about their role with their tutor
· being respectful towards the teacher and one another.
· Bringing a pencil, highlighter, eraser, drama bag and all black uniform with a "ready to work attitude"
We would love you to discuss appropriate behaviour in the duration of their class time?
Are they giving the best they can each week? We do have systems in place and you will be contacted if we have concerns.
It takes a TEAM EFFORT...not one person shines, we shine together.
TERM 2 SHOWCASE SCHEDULES FOR 2019
*** PLEASE NOTE ****The showcase is only at 15- 20 minute snippet/performance of what they have been working on in class. Very informal, but very useful to get to know our theatre space and performing for an audience.
THE END OF YEAR PRODUCTION SCHEDULES 2019 (coming soon)
OUR TERM 4 PRODUCTION WILL GO FOR MORE THAN 1 HOUR PER SHOW. EACH CLASS PERFORMS TWICE.
CLICK ON THE APPROPRIATE IMAGE TO DOWNLOAD THE SCHEDULE.