So Theatre Workshop has come and gone ... We can sit and reflect about all the things that went wrong (and we all know just how large a number we're talking about here), but let's also remember the following: (1) We actually performed (as opposed to canceling) and (2) More than one person came up to me (I promise you I'm not making this up) and told me how much they loved it because the perfomers' energy level and enthusiasm was so high. I'm happy as all heck for you guys ...
Friday, June 15 will be our Wonderful Town cast and crew reunion. We'll be in the aud. from 3-4. Please RSVP to me or Ms. Re so we know how much pizza to order.
Tuesday, June 19th (from 6:30-8) is Cold Stone day. Ask a 7th or 8th grader if you don't know what this is.
Toby added what follows a few days ago, but I only now just found a moment to look it over before "publishing."
We almost had to "bag" the TW, but the look of disappointment on everyone's faces really hit home. Not only that, I thought about what I really love to do and what I really love to do is theatre, so theatre I will do. It will help me get through all of my difficult times ...
Schedule for next week:
Tuesday until 4:30, Thursday until 9:00, Friday we run through after school from 3-5:30, break for dinner, then perform at 7!
Hellooooo! Toby "speaking"
How are you (yes,you)? Doing good? Good.
Well, I just felt that the site needed SOMETHING on here.
Well, to all you Theatre Workshop people, get psyched for the One Act Performances on June 8th.
Keep practicing lines and SHOW UP to any rehearsals that are occuring. PLEASE!
I should get going now.
Hey tharr kiddos,
Just felt like writing and sharing with every thespian (which I just found the meaning of
yesterday), that I watched the Jaws Marathon the other day! I never thought I could enjoy
a movie about a beastly shark who eats people this much! I was intrigued when Jaws is shot
in the gas tank which is put in his mouth, and then he blows up! Whoa, shark meat everywhere.
CALLING ALL SEAGULLS!
Alrighty, as in the movie Jaws,
da da....da da...da da da da da da da......screams and blood.
*try to guess who this is*
Theatre Workshop -- Friday, June 8 @ 7:00 (yes, that's right Nicole B. -- 7:00!)
Hola Amigos (and for those of you who don't speak Spanish I said, "Hello Friends!")! Toby typing again. I just felt that this website
needed to be updated.
Just some reminders about One Acts, for anyone who is actually reading this:
1. Always check for announcements either from Mr. Carras, HTV News, or on here about when you need to stay after for rehearsals.
2. Missing more than one rehearsal isn't a very smart idea (you'll probably get the boot, and that's not good.)
3. If you can't be at a rehearsal, make sure Mr. Carras knows in advance.
That should be it for the reminders.
I'm going to get going now.
So you pretty much got the 411 on everything that has to do with the One Acts or Theater Workshop, so there isn't
much left for me to say......besides the fluff. Alrighty......
Is everyone excited for the One Acts as much as I am? I am encouraging everyone who has an inner "playgeek"
lurking inside them to see Mr. Carras about taking part in Theater Workshop/The One Acts. There is NO THEATER
TODAY AFTER SCHOOL--MAY 3rd, 2007. I know, I know....devastating. Although you can still catch Mr. Carras
before school ends or tomorrow if you have questions concerning anything TW. Or, you could join TW and witness
and experience all the wonderful things that happen at TW. Hehe?
FYI: Tomorrow is "ROY RULES" DAY in 609.
Wow, The man himself is actually chiming in! Just wanted to let everyone know about the following:
(1) The cast party poll results have been posted in the "Days Gone By" folder.
(2) Theatre Workshop is up and running; 4/26 is our first Thursday and 4/30 is the first Monday rehearsal.
(3) Ice Cream on June 21 @ 7:00. Ask me.
(4) Next year's show is slowly working its way forward from the back of my head. Just about coming up on my ear about now ...
Hey there! Toby here. I just wanted to write something here because every time I check our site there isn't anything new (which makes
me annoyed). Anyways, today are The Apple Tree TRYOUTS!!! Yikes. I'm excited to see who will get what parts in that and in each of the
different shorties. I'm actaully nervous. Well, I better get going because Fich wants to write, too.
Peace and love, Theatre Geeks!
P.S. I would like to make a shout out to my Mommy! Today is her birthday! So, who ever is reading this (yes,you!), I want you to shout
out to your computer and as you do I want you to say these words: HAPPY BIRTHDAY TOBY'S MOMMY!
Well, did you say it?... No?... Well, then I'm just going to have to give you a knuckle SANDWICH!!!!! (he he :) )
Fich here. I haven't blogged in so long. Since this is my home page everytime I went on the computer I saw that there wasn't anything
new on the website. That really bothered me because I am OCD. Anyway, Apple Tree tryouts are TODAY!!!!!! Also One-Acts are starting soon. I would really recomend doing One-Acts because it is a great way tobecome known to Carras if you haven't already. Also, One-Acts are really helpful and teach you a lot. Take me for example in 6th
grade I was a nobody. I did One-Acts both years and now look at me. I'm one of Carras' bffs. So DO THE ONE-ACTS!!!!!! I ran out of
things to say (Shocking, I know)
See you all soon.
It's me, Lindsay C., here to say that you guys did an unbelievable job on the show. Seriously, aside from a few tech glitches, ("I think I hear the phone!") we couldn't have put on a more professional and entertaining performance for our loving and adoring audience. Saturday's shows were especially outstanding, seeing as we ran fairly clean shows. Our audiences were great that day too, especially the matinee. I couldnt quite pinpoint it, but someone in about left row F had the strangest laugh I'd ever heard. I couldn't understand what we did to deserve a visit from Santa this early in the year.
Hey guys! What's crackin'? I can't believe I'm writing again. I'd give you all cheesy, half-hearted compliments but... it's just not my thing. Anyway, you better join the one acts or I'll smoke your behinds (I'd say something else, but I'm not allowed to here). They begin Thursday, April 12th so if you read this there's no excuse not to come. I WILL track you down and I WILL inflict heavy pain on you if you don't show up.
P.S. What's a thespian?
Hello everyone-- Aaron here (no way!!). Yeah, I was bored and the show's today so I decided to blog. I'll see you all later at the show. I just hope Mr. Carras keeps this up long enough for somebody to read. This is my first and LAST blog so don't expect anything else from me. All I wanted to say is that it's been great working with all of you and your all great friends. I hope you all are in the one acts. I look forward to working with you guys again.
-- Bill Sykes (AAAAAARRRRGGGGHHHH!!!!!)
Hello everyone -- Toby typing.
I just wanted to say that the first show is, um ... TOMORROW!
OH LORDY! (ha, ha Angie)
You guys have done such a wonderful (note from Carras -- nice choice of word, Toby)job at rehearsals. The Teaser was amazing as well. I really love working with you all.
I'm going to get going now, because Fich and Emily want to blog now.
So, peace people!
P.s. Speak up, Listen to the audience, Don't Rush lines, watch out for the drops, Be SAFE, and remember ... HAVE FUN!!!
WOAH WOAH WOAH! (yes with the fingers)
It's Em Glase writing to you guys and I am so psyched because I have never blogged before! This is awesome! You guys have done
an amazing job so far and you will do absolutely fantastic tomorrow! I could not be more blessed with such great cast members at my side
and I hope I can work up to the great standards you guys set with your hard work. Tomorrow will be amazing and I can't wait! I love you
all and just one more thing before Fich comes and kicks me off ... always remember that you don't command the way the show goes, length wise,
the audience does. If they laugh, you wait, if they don't, you keep going. They are your guide to how fast you should go even though its been great
so far! Thanks so much you guys!
Love forever and ever- Emily <33 =]
I'm glad so many people have been able to adjust their schedules to stay until 9:00 tonight. That way, if we lose tomorrow, we'll still be in decent shape. We lost at least one night during the last week of Anything Goes and we lost the Teaser day for The Sound of Music and both turned out just fine (actually, better than fine). If we're here tomorrow, then the schedule holds "as is" and everyone stays until 9.
It's me, Lindsay, your fave blogger! I just want to say that Desserts on Us was unbelievable. No Joke, we couldn't have done a better job. I have to admit, I was a little worried as to how the show was coming along, but after your preformance that night... how could I doubt anything!
Yesterday, we had a blue cast run through 'till 6, which was very productive, only, the scenes took longer than Mr. Carras imagined they would, but then again, it was Sarah's cast, and all those dramatic pauses end up adding some serious time to the shows... so, "Everyone coming to Blue shows should bring pajamas, blankets and provisions ... 'cause Sarah is going to keep the show going until the morning!" Anyway, great job again, I couldn't have been a prouder host... you're all great, and you're all my BFFAAEAEAEEAs!
(Carras notes -- we ran long for a couple of reasons, mostly because we were trying to add some props while rehearsing, a process that will continue. Estimated slowest rehearsal -- Friday run-through #1 since it's the first w/everyone. Go ahead -- prove me wrong.)
Hey Guys, it's Hillary!
Wow, it's been like 23 and a half million years since I've blogged last! So much has happened since then. Now we are in the final two weeks of rehearsal. Wow, that's really weird to think about. I hope you are all getting extremely excited about the upcomming rehearsals. I got a "reassuring e-mail" promising me that Christopher Street will be completed by Thursday night! It was quite a funny e-mail conversation. First I asked one of my signature "HUH???" questions... then we got into actual English words! All the rest of the dances are in GREAT shape! Acting-wise, we are as strong as ever!
Shout out to Ms. Conley: I love you... you are amazing and thanks for putting up with all of my "HUHH???" questions!
I just want to remind everyone to keep checking the schedule and be at ALL the rehearsals they are needed at! I have to go to Spanish now (uggghhhh)!
P.S: If anyone has any questions, please feel free to ask!
Howdy, y'all! It's Sarah! Yes, Sarah's writing on the blog! Yipee! You go, girl!
I'd just like to say that I am so proud of you guys, sniffle sniffle! The play is just around the bend, and I'm getting the vibes that we are wholly and completely "rearin' to go"! Just a little fun fact: Singing is tomorrow! And, if you are having a little difficulty with memorizing the songs, here are some fun tips that will give you the memory of an elephant!:
1. Reread and sing each song 3 times.
2. Take a break and eat some chocolate or ginger snaps
3. Reread and sing each song 3 times once again.
4. Rewrite each song 3 times.
5. Take a break and eat some more chocolate or ginger snaps
If that doesn't work, than stub my toe and call me Skipper!
Thanks a lot and
'Ello, 'ello. Ange here with Puffin.
I haven't blogged in a long time, so I've decided to recap yesterday's dance rehearsal. Lindsay had to learn the "Violet Strut" with the boom
chaka-laka-laka and me yelling out, "You bake them cookies, Lindsay!" It was really funny. I'd also like to remind everyone that dinner
orders are due TOMORROW! If there is absolutely no way that you can have your orders in by Tuesday, Wednesday is the absolute
latest. These are the dates that we will be staying until 9pm (dinner days):
ORANGE/BLUE LEADS ONLY on Thursday March 15
Everyone on Friday March 16, 2007, Sunday March 18, 2007, Monday March 19, 2007, and Tuesday March 20, 2007.
March 20 is also the Teaser Assembly and on Saturday March 17, 2007, there will be a dance rehearsal where you'll be called in
at different times. Be sure to consult the dance schedule later this week. BE THERE OR BE TRAPEZOID.
Please make sure you come to rehearsals and if you can't make it, please notify Carras ahead of time. If you cannot make the very important rehearsal on Saturday rehearsal, please email Ms. Conley.
Love and joy and joyness,
Ange and Puffin.
March 6, 2007
Costume requirements are as follows:
Wonderful Town takes place in 1935 in Greenwich Village/New York City; we are asking the cast to come in with whatever clothes they have that will match this time period. If you are unsure of how to proceed, please see Mr. Carras or Ms. Musmeci as soon as possible; we also suggest looking at photos of the time period. A brief Google search of “1930s fashions” landed 105,000 hits. Please keep the following in mind: No spaghetti straps, no low-cut outfits, no skirts/dresses above the knee, no tight “stretch knits,” no jeans , n cargo pants or t-shirts (except where noted). We will need to see you in your costumes on Thursday, March 8.
Everyone will need to dress themselves in the following:
1) “Opening” outfit -- you are either a Village resident or a tourist (depending upon how you are cast during staging). Villagers wear jacket/tie or shirt/slacks or turtleneck or sweater w/khakis; lady Villagers wear blouse/skirt or blouse or polo shirt/capris (cardigan sweaters are OK, too). Tourists can have some tacky fun -- Bermuda shorts, Hawaiian shirt, sandals w/socks, fishing hats, etc.
2) Village Vortex night club outfit --Like the Villagers in the opening. Sport coat/slacks, skirt/blouse, etc.
We will dress anyone who is cast as a sailor in Conga and/or a police officer.
Individual character requirements are detailed in the costume memo.
I haven't blogged in so long, so I have a lot to say. First off, the entire cast rehersal was awesome yesterday. Remember to look at the buletin board and at the website everyday for updates. Second, Desserts on Us is in three days. YES THAT IS 3 DAYS!!!!
Don't forget to sign up to bring something because without desserts, we don't have Desserts on Us. Also, if you didn't order dinner yet
give your order to Carras. Third, the Costume Parade is on Thursday, March 8th. (It's also the day my braces come off Yay me!)
Don't forget to bring your costume because you need to show it to Carras and Musmeci. Fourth, now that it is "Crunch time"
(in the words of Carras). you need to listen to all directions/updates/instructions. It is so important that Carras doesn't get
overwhelmed and ready to jump off a building. (Hint Hint; we need him to be there on show nights.) Finally, in the words of Toby,
"Shut the portals of your teeth at rehersals, period. END OF DISCUSSION!!!!" That's all I have to say -- shocker, I know. Don't forget to
come to rehersal today.
P.S. Marina is just a third party objective, with absolutely no personal interest in the matter, sitting there, peeling her orange.
March 1, 2007
Crunch time begins ... Perhaps, if I have a moment tomorrow, I'll list a few of the items from my "to-do" list so you can the magnitude of the work that remains in the next three weeks that we have until Show Time!
For now, let me just say this: Lindsay and I have have been talking and planning and we have a pretty good idea of who's-doing-what-and-when for Desserts on Us. We also really need people to bake for Desserts, which is a week from tomorrow. Cookies, Brownies and other self-contained units are preferred; cakes need to be cut and get a bit too messy. If you are one of the people who reads this, then I am counting on you guys to KEEP AFTER ALL OF THE SLACKERS and make sure we have food to serve.
To anyone actually reading this:
GN Record full-cast photo and headshots rescheduled to Monday, 3/5.
T-shirt orders due ASAP. Sweats still for sale.
Ads (personal ads and boosters) due the Monday we return from Feb. Break.
Finally, a message from Ms. Deluca:
Great Neck Is A
You be the tour guide!
Where would you go? What would you show?
Photo must be:
* Taken by the student submitting the entry
* Taken within the school district
* Submitted on 8 x 10 Photo paper ( no regular computer paper )
Hi Tech photo in Great Neck has offered to print your Digital 8 x 10’s
At the Specially discounted price Of only $1.50
entries must be in room 629 by the end of the day on March 16, 2007
Decision of the Judges is final. Entries may not be returned
Entry form ( must be submitted with your photograph )
Where photograph was taken
( be specific)____________________________________________________________
when photograph was taken_________________________________________________
***winners will be chosen by a panel of judges ***
based on how well you have shown that
Great neck is a wonderful town!
Hey Toby, Aaron, Emily, Hillary, Roei, Lindsay, Isabel, Ange, Matt, Marina, and Me:
Fich here. If your name wasn't part of that you should be ashamed of yourself. You are NOT responsible. If your name was part of that, Good for You. Tell your friends though.
In other news Saturday is Dance for girls and guys. DON'T FORGET BECAUSE YOU NEED TO BE PLACED IN THE DANCE!!!!! You should also go see the high school perform Arsenic and Old Lace tonight and Saturday. When you see the high schoolers perform that they will knock your socks off. You should also be so excited becasue Desserts on Us is very soon. I know, I know -- you're probably saying, "What is Fich saying, Desserts on Us isn't for a month." I know, but that is really soon. That is only two Singing and about two Dance rehersals till then. Also, don't forget to show up to all the rehersals that you are supposed attend. Gotta go becasue the period is ending.
The ladies' words will follow in a few lines ... I just wanted to "say" that I am pretty happy with how things are looking so far. We have some dynamic moments and some potentially funny bits, though it's still a long way to go until the audience sees us. On the other hand, please remember that I keep running notes to myself about who is reponsible, i.e. who shows up at rehearsals, how they behave, etc. and that information can be used to hurt and/or help you when casting decisions are being made. "Speaking" of which, let's try the old responsibility test. I'm curious to see how many people are actually reading this and being responsible. I'm going to take a tally of how many people come up to me before the end of school on Friday, Feb. 9 to say, "Hey, Carras, I read your words," or "Hey, Carras, thanks for all of the hard work you and the girls do w/t blog." I have a pretty good idea of whose faces I will see and whose I won't, and I'm kinda not looking forward to the results of my informal survey. Prove me wrong.
Hey Playgeeks! (haven't used that one in a while)
Lindsay here. Today Carras and I got to talking about Desserts on Us. Just a heads up for all you "plan ahead-ers" -- at full-cast rehearsal on Wednesday the 16th, Carras and I will be sending around a sheet of who is baking and bringing what. If you decide to be a dedicated and really cool cast member and sign up to bring something, PLEASE DON'T FORGET! I promise that I will hunt down anyone that signs up and I will make sure that you bring your dessert. BE VERY AFRAID! Another note -- if you by any reason have to miss that rehearsal on February 16th, (which should only be if, in the words of Ms. Conley, "You are bleeding, or on fire") please make sure you see me or Carras to sign up to bring stuff. Anyway, I hope you all have a great day ...
Hey everyone, it's Hillary! I hope you enjoyed yesterday's blog. Its Tuesday, my favorite day of the week. Yesterday we cleanly ran Orange Cast up through page 55. I have to say that it is coming along quite nicely. Rehearsals are going by so fast... :-( <--- sad face! I really don't want this amazing experience to end. T-shirt order forms are out, so get them in ASAP! Along with the ads and boosters! Desserts On Us is coming up soon; Lindsay and Carras are working hard to perfect it and make it a fun night for all! I don't have anything else to say (I know -- shocker)! See everyone at FULL CAST REHEARSAL tomorrow!
Hillary here. I know, I haven't blogged in long time. Dance this weekend was so much fun! Livers and I finally got the steps for "Conga"! YAY! The dance for "Pass The Football" was AMAZING! After seeing that dance, I want to be a choeographer even more! Ms. Conely has the BEST job ever ... working with US (hahah). By the way, EVERYONE should go see the high school play Arsenic And Old Lace. My brother is in it so you will definately see me there. It should be a really good play. I am sad about leaving at the end of the year, but when I think about it, I am embarking on a whole new journey at the high school. Enough about the future ... today we are running Act 1 with Orange Cast and, if it goes anything like Friday's rehearsal with Blue Cast, we are in really good shape. I expect to see everyone on Wed. for FULL CAST REHEARSAL!!!!!!! I can't wait to see everybody!
*Headshots will be taken soon
*Costume Memo should be posted soon
*Stay posted for next weekends dance schedual
*NO DANCE SUNDAY!
*Tickets will be on sale AFTER vacation
*Arsenic And Old Lace Wed., Thurs., Fri., Sat.
*Deserts On Us March 9th
I think that's it. If I think of anything else you will see another blog from me! See everyone very soon!
P.S. -- 10 days until I go to FLORIDA!!!
Fich here. Hope that you all enjoyed my blog from Friday. Dance was so much fun. "Conga" and "Swing" are amazing dances and I know that it will be even more amazing on show night. By the way, Desserts on Us is only a month away. I know it seems like a long time, but it's really not. Try to show up to every rehersal that you need to be at because the show won't be at its best if you don't know what you're doing. If you are an actor or actress in Ruth's stories, you need to be there on your days. You may not know what days or pages you are but ASK CARRAS. If he's rehersing your pages, you need to be there. Wednesday is a full cast singing rehersal which means you (yes even you with the face) need to be there. In the words of Mr. Schwartz: "We only have 6 more rehersals before the show." Gotta go.
ELA Grading Workshops are done ... Now it's back to the fun stuff, i.e. the play!
We have a run-through of all of Act I today w/Blue and Monday w/Orange. That means, of course, that IF YOU HAVE LINES, then you must be there. That means you, associate editors, chef/waitress, Tour Guide and tableaux players.
What else can I tell ya? The costume memo will be out soon; I'm hoping to distribute it on Wednesday. Headshots will be taken soon, as will our photos for the GN Record and Yearbook. The gypsy sweatshirt is being updated and modified and will be awarded soon. Other 'n that not much else to report. Do you have anything to tell me? Just let me know ...
And now for a word from Fich:
Wow, I haven't blogged in so long. Anyway, tomorrow is dance for all boys. Don't slack off and miss it because you really need to be there. On Sunday, everyone has dance so try to be there. I know it's Super Bowl Sunday, but honestly -- who really wants to watch big guys chase a piece of pigskin? Okay, okay ... I would go for the food, but whatever. Back to dance -- try to make it because, as Carras and all the 8s have told you, "You are a vital part of this show." Without you, we would be nothing. At least make a cameo apperance and then I won't say anything else. Gotta go because the period is ending.
Its me again! Tomorrow is FULL CAST rehearsal (emphasis on the FULL CAST part), which means EVERYONE (yes, even you with the face!) must attend.
Hello, Toby speaking. I just wanted to say , KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK, CHICKADEES! YEE-HEE!
Hey FOBs (Fans of Blog):
We have entries from Ange P. and Lindsay C. (and a little bit of Hillary K.) below, but I just wanted to catch up with everyone before I turn it over to the students.
The acting last Thursday/Friday went pretty well. It's an odd scene -- on the one hand, everyone's basically sitting down the whole time, so it should be easy, right? Not really ... we spent time on line readings, how to fight for a seat (I have to show Orange the newly agreed-upon method of fighting) and, unfortunately, we had our first major hit of absences (some OK, some not) on Friday; we lost Baker a little early, and we had no Helen, Wreck or Frank. It's not the easiest way to rehearse.
I was happy to be here on Saturday to see the dance rehearsals already in progress. I was once again reminded of how talented my collaborators are. Ms. Conley's got all of you dancing up a storm in "Conga," doesn't she? Add Re, Schwartz, Kostopoulos, Deluca, Musmeci, Mead, DeSiano and Cimbalo to the mix and it's quite a roster of teachers.
Now enjoy Ange's words ...
It's Ange. I thought maybe you guys would like to hear an interpretation of the Credo. This is something that has been very comforting to me and I know it has been to others, too. If you haven't already, please read it. Here is the interpretation for me.
"You want to be part of our company because you love theatre."
Of course you do! Theatre is a way to express yourself and be yourself. We said last year at the "Feel-a-thon" that whenever you are "here," meaning theatre, you can be yourself and all the cliques dissolve. You simply love it.
"You delight in sharing your talent with an audience -- no matter how large or small the part."
Guys, talent doesn't mean lead role. It means, "I go up there and I give it my all." It doesn't matter what part you play, it's how you play it.
"You want to learn about the performing arts and, in the process, learn more about yourself."
Well, I did. I not only knew I had a really loud voice, but I also learned I could make a lot out of 4 lines. Heck, I could make a lot of out 0 lines!
"You recognize that you will be able to put these skills to use in whatever goals you pursue."
Easy. Now, you'll never get a parking ticket. Ha! No, it means that there are more things to learn, its not only acting, there's more than that. You have to learn those for yourself.
"You want to become part of a cast/crew that functions like a team and, in doing so, become a better individual."
Teamwork is so important. Being able to work well with others will help you so much in the future. Plus, it's more fun than working alone.
"You appreciate that our ensemble breaks down barriers that may exist elsewhere and that it eventually moves beyond being a team to become almost like a family."
It is a family, and everyone should respect their "siblings', and their "parents." This includes the Crew, not just the Cast. R-E-S-P-E-C-T, that's what matters most to me! Woooh, I rhyme!!!
"You know that there are high expectations for you as a company member and as a student; you are expected to maintain your studies while bringing your best qualities to your part so our audience is left thrilled and wanting more."
There is always time for both. You know that you have 2 very important sides of you. You have your student side, and your theatre side. They must always be in balance. If they're not, ask some advice from your "elders." Most 8's have done it all 3 years. If you find one that has, ask them how they managed their time and put on a great performance all at once. Plus, ALL 8's are nice and good-hearted. So, if you do ask one that hasn't been in the show before, they'll show you the way to one that has.
"You understand that how you behave and choose to contribute to the overall well being of the show affects your standing within the South Theatre Company."
Look at it this way, if you act obnoxious, people will remember that. If you are helpful and kind to others, people will remember that. You will also be more respected if you choose to be "good." One other thing, don't act like you know everything, because there will always be someone who knows more, and there will always be Carras. =) Just be yourself, and if yourself is cruel and not helpful, then be someone else.
"You appreciate that the show is bigger than the sum of its parts and acknowledge that everyone, from the crew that built the stairs to the chorus member standing on them, contributes to its success."
Without an ensemble, we wouldn't have a show. Just because you have 0 lines or 2 lines or 500 lines, doesn't mean you're more or less important than anyone on that stage or behind those curtains. Just know that the show needs you and you do contribute to its success.
"You want to have fun."
And you will.
Thanks for listening and taking it all in. This took me a while to think up, so don't make it go to waste.
And now Lindsay:
Hey LABFs! (Lindsay/Angela Blog Fans!)
Dance rehearsal was so much fun ... I got to dance with my new BFF, Hannah S., for about 5 hours, and before it was taken away, we summoned the spirit who calls herself Rex on the Ouija Board. Fun, Fun, Fun! During dance we learned a lot of "Conga!," a big scene from Act 1.
*NEWSFLASH*= Carras and Angela just attempted Marina's Adult Voice. In my opinion, it was a sad attempt.
That's all for now! Type to you soon LABFs!
I haven't "blogged" in a LONG time! But the period is almost over, so sorry -- I will blog tomorrow! Sorry for keeping you waiting!
Lindsay here. Today after school we have a WT rehearsal, and I'm psyched for the few lines I'm going to get to say. Earlier today, Carras hunted me down in Study Hall to talk to me about costumes. I'm really excited ... if anyone has ideas as to what a rich, old lady should be wearing, please tell me your suggestions. We are going to need to think about costumes for all the characters eventually, so you'll be getting a memo just before winter break to give you some suggestions.
Also, I wanted to just remind everyone who took home posterboard for the art show set to get painting!! If you need 1930's inspiration, click on the link that Ms. Kostopolous posted on the 19th. It should give you some idea of what you should be doing. Also ... I am still on a search for someone interested in helping me (actually, just do it for me!) draw a picture of some kind of dessert/NYC skyline for the Desserts On Us program. I want it to look really good, but it won't if I draw it! Anyway, I hope you're enjoying my blogging ('cause I sure love doing it!)
I want to recap yesterday's FULL CAST ... (yes, you too... with the face! - TOBY). In my mind, it was a great rehearsal, not only because of the singing, but also because Mr. Schwartz found time to say his favorite line: "IF MY NAME IS ON THAT PROGRAM, IT BETTER BE GOOD!" I never get tired of that. FROM ALL OF US HERE IN MR. CARRAS'S ROOM 6TH PERIOD ... WE'RE THE LUNCH CREW, SO HAVE A GREAT DAY KNUCKLEHEADS!
Lindsay (and Toby and Danni who have managed to drive me crazy correcting my spelling)
It's me, Lindsay C., here to tell you that I am so excited for the show this year, and I am so sorry that my friends wrote that "stream of consciousness" blog yesterday ... I didn't get it either. Anyway, as you read yesterday, I met with Carras to work on Desserts on Us and I think it's going to be really great this year. I need to find someone who can do some drawing of some dessert and/or a NYC skyline for me on the cover of the program because I'm artistically challenged (and just for the record, technologically and instrumentally as well). So, if you're interested, you can probably find me just about anywhere (Carras's room 6th period, TV Studio for homeroom),or you can talk to Mr. Carras and he'll pass on the message.
Also, start thinking about what you want to bring for Desserts since we'll be passing around a sign-up sheet soon. It's Friday, March 9, so go ask your neighbor for some sugar and get baking! Talk to all of you later ... I'll definitley be posting again soon ... I hope you've enjoyed my guest blog ... at least you understood it ... (eh hem ... Fich, Ange, Marina, Toby and Hillary...) so talk to all of you soon.... remember to come see me with any questions concerning Desserts.
Ange and Puffin here to talk a little about responsibility. Everyone in the show should be doing thee things especially now -- (1) checking the bulletin board outside the auditorium everyday to see if there are any updates, (2) listening to the morning news, and (3) looking for updates on the website. Also, please make sure you come to (FULL CAST) singing rehearsal every Wednesday after school from 3- 3:50. There is attendance taken everyday, by the way, so don't try to get away with anything sneaky. Dance on weekends is no exception. You should be there if you're called! It's been said many times, but all conflict sheets should be handed in and you should be taking advantage of email. OK?
Love you all,
Just finished up doing pages 40-44 w/Orange and they look good. Everyone's had lots of good ideas and we're chugging right along. Press Conference also went well today; Michelle N's responses would've brought down the house at Desserts on Us, which is scheduled for Friday night March 9. (If you don't know what that is, ask. And you better plan to be there.)
Beyond that, I thought you might enjoy a glimpse behind the scenes at some of my responsibilities. From Sept-Dec, we're in what's known as "pre-production," which involves many discussions w/Ms Re to get as much planning done as we can. I also have to decide which show we're doing, casting, etc ... Once we're "in production," the meetings change. I met w/Ms. K. and Ms. Re during period one yesterday to talk about topics ranging from the show logo to placement of art on the stage. I met w/Ms. Deluca today to talk about $. I met w/Lindsay C. yesterday to begin planning Desserts. All of those activities mean that you all need to stay involved and pay attention. Later meetings will cover sound, lights, costumes, etc. To quote Mr. Schwartz: it's only SEVEN WEEKS until the show. To quote Carras: time = death.
Hey guys! Its Hillary. Here is my blog I wrote on Saturday night after dance:
I had a blast today at dance! It was great to see Ms. Conley and I think our dances this year are going to be better than ever! I don't know about all of you, but the steps for "Swing" are already engraved in my mind! I was disappointed at tryouts because I couldn't get the step, but now I can't stop doing it! After listening to Ms. Conley's speech for the third year, I realized that this is my last year and with all of you guys, but we are going to make it an AMAZING year! I didn't realize how much I missed those long dance rehearsals!!! Everyone did an amazing job and I can't wait until next weekend so we can all get back on stage and continue working until we perfect all of these dances! I hope all of you are as excited for Wonderful Town as I am! Even though I am going to miss the play next year, I will always remember how much fun we all have together! See everyone on Monday!
Now back to today January 23:
Yesterday's practice went pretty well. I personally love to see everyone at practice having a lot of fun but still getting work done. We spent a lot of time on improv and the "Rookies" did a really good job. Press Conference is one of my favorite improv games and between Jon being an Abercrombie Model to Bobby being Hannah Montana, it was really funny. We also had fun being our favorite ice cream flavors, favorite fruit and many other funny scenarios. We finished off the pretzels :-( I think everyone was laughing when Sarah said her lines while trying to eat a pretzel. See everyone at full-cast rehearsal on Wednesday!
Monday, January 22
Sometimes I'll let the cast "speak" for themselves. Very little of what follows makes any sense, but here it goes:
Fich is back and here's what she has to "say:"
I am loud and I am proud. Back and louder than ever. I think the conference taught me how to talk more and louder instead of becoming a leader. By the way, I would have written more, but the period is ending NOW!!!!!
And Ange agrees. Heckyess, she does. Did I mention that I rock? I did? OK!! Well, I'd just like to say one other thing..."DUDE, YOU JUST GOT PATTY SLAPPED!" YEE-HEE!!! (Toby said that)
Hey it's Marina, and she has a couple of things to say. First off, Toby will be called, as of today, Brazilian Fashionista Chica Tobita! Second off, I REALLY strained my voice doing the "adult" voice, so I shall stop doing it for awhile ... maybe a couple of days ... or weeks ... OK, now I gotta stop! To end this, here is a message from Ange Pitt and Marina Tricc-"Dude, you just got patty slapped.."
YAY my turn! Just to let everyone know I wrote an amazing "blog," but Carras didn't get it. So even though it will be posted on Tuesday, go back in time and imagine it was actually Monday! I know, time travel scares me too!!! Well, that's pretty much all I have to say at the moment ... I will think of something to say later because right now I want to go take a drink of my water bottle ... I love Poland Spring Water!!!!
Friday, January 19
Here's the link from Ms. K that will show you what artwork from the 1930s looked like:
Also, we (that's me) take questions/guest bloggers (this page is a web log or "blog")/any other email requests. Sent your ideas, etc. to firstname.lastname@example.org and, if I feel like it, I may include you here.
I thought the first day of singing went pretty well. I felt especially honored because I doubled-back after most of the full cast had left and got to hear some of our solo singers work with Mr. Schwartz. It's always amazing to get to watch him work when he is sitting there basically arranging the song in his head and plunking it out note by note on the piano keyboard. Remarkable.
We had 50+ at the start, but I think we were missing a number of people who either (a) had other commitments or (b) did not know that they needed to be there. Please remember the following -- Wednesday singing is really a FULL CAST REHEARSAL. Period. Anyone who is in the show in any capacity must be there. Also, if you cannot make it to an acting rehearsal, you need to let me know as soon as possible. Same goes for telling Mr. Schwartz re: singing and Ms. Conley re: dance. Veterans -- make sure the newcomers know what's required of them.
Dance is tomorrow. I'll be there for at least part of it.
P.S. -- Toby says, "Hello there. Yes, you -- you with the face. Hi!"
Angela was here on 1/19/07. I rock. OK.
Hillary was also here on 1/19/07. Wonderful Town '07 is going to be SICKKK!
Wednesday, January 17
The dance schedule has been posted in the schedule folder -- check it out!
I was struck by how much of a difference the auditorium makes in the prep process. I complained the other day about it was a little "loosey-goosey" in the library classroom, but things returned to "normal" quite nicely yesterday. Not only that, when we get to "see" the set (the associate editors' table was out there, as was Baker's desk), it makes the whole process easier and more dynamic. We already came up with some great ideas and changes compared to what we did in the classroom.
Some of our favorite moments from yesterday:
The lion's ROAR! Meow ...
The way we may use food as a prop in the Baker/Ruth part of the scene.
Nicole B's perfect tipsy moments. She and Mark G. will be meeting for drinks sometime in the near future ...
I'm writing this during seventh period, so we'll all be seeing each other for singing. I'm very curious how many people will remember to be there.
Friday, January 12
Yesterday's rehearsal was a bit ... messy. Perhaps it was because we were in the library classroom (where all future Thursday rehearsals will be held -- it's crew day in the auditorium), but it was the first time this year that I didn't get the work done as clearly and effectively as I would have liked. I hope I don't have to start cracking down on people not involved in the day's scenes showing up at rehearsals.
Enjoy the three-day weekend. I'll see the Blue Cast on Tuesday.
P.S. -- Please feel free to see me if you'd like to be a "guest-blogger."
Thursday, January 11
Not too much to report other than to remind you to checkout the bulletin board for details regarding our need for artwork for the art show that comes up in Act I, Scene I. We also need pictures to hang in the Village Vortex nightclub in Act II and the grandaddy of them all, the masterpiece from Apopoulos's "blue/green period" that will hang in Ruth and Eileen's apartment.
Wednesday, January 10, 2007
Hey Everybody! I'm glad to be here to "talk" to you and bring you up to date with show happenings, etc. Make sure you navigate around all the folders up top for whatever other news, scheduling info, etc., may be included on the "inside" pages.
It's hard to believe we only "really" started rehearsing a week ago. We've already had a lot of fun and, more importantly, we're getting the creative "work" done in a timely manner. Everyone has had a lot of great ideas so far (wait until you see the songs me and my BFFLs, Sarah, Emily, Julia and Sammy, have already done) and I'm pleased with how things are moving along. My main realization so far is something I learned a long time ago -- COMEDY IS HARD! A more dramatic show like Oliver or The Sound of Music is easier to stage than a show like WT (get used to the abbreviation -- there's no way I'm writing Wonderful Town every time I have to refer to it). There are so many more choices with comedy ... We spent 15 minutes the other day on how to spin someone just a few feet and there are so many more ways to interpret lines to try to make them funny.
One last bit of business -- if you're reading this, then I probably don't have to tell you to remember to be responsible enough to look at the bulletin board outside the auditorium for updates and to listen to HTV news every morning for last-minute news. On the other hand, I'm counting on you responsible folks to make sure all of the knuckleheads who may not know better are up-to-date on all show matters.
That being said ... Let's pause to reflect about some of the funny bumps we've had on the road so far:
During the comedy timing improv exercise, I urged someone to say something "provocative, like ..." and I couldn't think of anything to say, so I said "platypus."
"Uh, how is a platypus provocative?" replied Ange P.
"The 'intimidation' fireplace." -- Fich, who also reported problems remembering all the talking and walking she had to do.
Lindsay C's stellar acting as (so far) the Eskimo Pie salesperson, and her desire to play Violet the dancer.
Marina T's angry adult voice.
Emily G's "Smoothage, roughage, snackage," and her added comment about the Ruth's desire for steak: "I don't really like steak. Can we change it to something, um, expensive ... Lobster!"
Valenti x 3 (Jane C., Lauren Y. and their "understudy" Hillary K): Solid!
Roei C. and Michelle N. going, uh, face to face.
Sarah S.'s high-energy take on Ruth's pre-sleep exercise routine.
I'll be back with further updates when there's more to say.
Friday, December 22, 2006
Hey Everybody, or at least the five people who know about this at this point! The show has its own web page!
I'll be writing as regularly as I can on this welcome page regarding info about the show.
In addition, the acting and dance schedules will be posted and, eventually, we'll include info about
Theatre Workshop and the Days Gone By section will feature my (and your) memories of our past shows.
I don't really have much else to write today other than that I'm off to Spain tomorrow and Mr. Amato, our tech expert,
hasn't shown me how to update the page from home, so this'll pretty much be it until January.
Be well and enjoy the break! The work begins again on Tues., Jan 2!