ghost_light: (Masks)
lonelydumptruck and I taught a brief improv class to some of the kids in the media club at his sister's school yesterday. It's part of a community outreach program where he works. Everyone had a ball! Even his co-worker and the teacher joined in some of the games. Zod, I miss teaching kids!

After work we met one of his other co-workers for drinks at the Roadhouse and then lonelydumptruck went to work on the Toad show with Rodney and I took myself to see Shutter Island at the theatrepub. I really liked it a lot. I watch a lot of horror movies and thrillers, so when we got to the reveal I couldn't help thinking about other, similar movies but it held together well and I really enjoyed it.

There are 2 shows closing this weekend that I want to see but I may have to choose between them and just see one tonight. I just found out Broken Lizard is doing a show on Friday night and I've been kicking myself since October for missing the Seattle show.
ghost_light: (Masks)
lonelydumptruck and I taught a brief improv class to some of the kids in the media club at his sister's school yesterday. It's part of a community outreach program where he works. Everyone had a ball! Even his co-worker and the teacher joined in some of the games. Zod, I miss teaching kids!

After work we met one of his other co-workers for drinks at the Roadhouse and then lonelydumptruck went to work on the Toad show with Rodney and I took myself to see Shutter Island at the theatrepub. I really liked it a lot. I watch a lot of horror movies and thrillers, so when we got to the reveal I couldn't help thinking about other, similar movies but it held together well and I really enjoyed it.

There are 2 shows closing this weekend that I want to see but I may have to choose between them and just see one tonight. I just found out Broken Lizard is doing a show on Friday night and I've been kicking myself since October for missing the Seattle show.
ghost_light: (Scooter by Benvolioonspeed)
Last week I taught a stage management class for the Alaska Fine Arts Academy. I only had 2 girls but they were both great. One is very excited about stage managing and even came in to shadow me the last Sunday of Time Immemorial. The other said she didn't know why the class interested her, but she wanted to take it. She's more interested on the movies and television side of things, her mom is an occasional actress and absolutely over the moon about her daughter learning to stage manage.

All three of us had a ball. I am keeping my notes from this class, I think it will be my model from here on out. I just hope I can remember some of the stories and rants that prompts like 'spiking the stage' drew out of me. I told the girls Saturday would be our fun day to talk about kits, etiquette and superstitions. They were so eager to hear some of my 'when things went wrong stories' I ended up telling a few of those the second-to-last class and we actually ran out of time to cover absolutely everything.

The person who set me up with the class asked if I would consider directing for them this season and I actually have a show in mind already.
ghost_light: (Scooter by Benvolioonspeed)
Last week I taught a stage management class for the Alaska Fine Arts Academy. I only had 2 girls but they were both great. One is very excited about stage managing and even came in to shadow me the last Sunday of Time Immemorial. The other said she didn't know why the class interested her, but she wanted to take it. She's more interested on the movies and television side of things, her mom is an occasional actress and absolutely over the moon about her daughter learning to stage manage.

All three of us had a ball. I am keeping my notes from this class, I think it will be my model from here on out. I just hope I can remember some of the stories and rants that prompts like 'spiking the stage' drew out of me. I told the girls Saturday would be our fun day to talk about kits, etiquette and superstitions. They were so eager to hear some of my 'when things went wrong stories' I ended up telling a few of those the second-to-last class and we actually ran out of time to cover absolutely everything.

The person who set me up with the class asked if I would consider directing for them this season and I actually have a show in mind already.

I Survived!

Jul. 1st, 2008 12:00 am
ghost_light: (Good Director)
Day 1 of Fairy Tale Theatre went very well. I have 6 really great little people including my beloved 'Baby Sister' from Charlotte's Web and one little guy who wants to play every part in the show including the Princess. The only glitch in the lesson plan was that I planned a day of lots of very, very active games so we were all worn out with half an hour to go and I had no sitting down games to fall back on to kill the rest of the time.

I did have a couple moments of brilliance, though:

There is a point in the story where the little girl passes an oven full of bread and a grove full of apple trees. The costumer and I came up with the idea of just putting the kids in little red and black outfits patterned like bricks and little brown outfits with green hats and mittens shaped like loaves of bread or apples.

The other was when I came back in the theatre with some of the kids after the bathroom break and my stage manager was playing 'Simon Says' with the rest of them. I asked her and the mom helping out today to help watch the kids when I did it and when it got to be my turn - 'Simon Says raise your left hand' 6 little left hands went in the air. 'Simon Says raise your right hand.' 6 little right hands went in the air. Once I knew we all had left and right straight, then we got down to the important business of learning stage directions.

Sometimes I can be smrt. And I didn't have to raise my voice even once. Go me.

I Survived!

Jul. 1st, 2008 12:00 am
ghost_light: (Good Director)
Day 1 of Fairy Tale Theatre went very well. I have 6 really great little people including my beloved 'Baby Sister' from Charlotte's Web and one little guy who wants to play every part in the show including the Princess. The only glitch in the lesson plan was that I planned a day of lots of very, very active games so we were all worn out with half an hour to go and I had no sitting down games to fall back on to kill the rest of the time.

I did have a couple moments of brilliance, though:

There is a point in the story where the little girl passes an oven full of bread and a grove full of apple trees. The costumer and I came up with the idea of just putting the kids in little red and black outfits patterned like bricks and little brown outfits with green hats and mittens shaped like loaves of bread or apples.

The other was when I came back in the theatre with some of the kids after the bathroom break and my stage manager was playing 'Simon Says' with the rest of them. I asked her and the mom helping out today to help watch the kids when I did it and when it got to be my turn - 'Simon Says raise your left hand' 6 little left hands went in the air. 'Simon Says raise your right hand.' 6 little right hands went in the air. Once I knew we all had left and right straight, then we got down to the important business of learning stage directions.

Sometimes I can be smrt. And I didn't have to raise my voice even once. Go me.
ghost_light: (Default)
I think I'm finally mostly set for my first Fairy Tale Theatre class tomorrow. I have an entire yellow notebook page of ideas (I still need some really simple vocal warmups). I know I won't make it through the whole thing and I'll need to keep tweaking with it, but I think I finally feel prepared to spend 2 hours in a room with the little-littles!
ghost_light: (Default)
I think I'm finally mostly set for my first Fairy Tale Theatre class tomorrow. I have an entire yellow notebook page of ideas (I still need some really simple vocal warmups). I know I won't make it through the whole thing and I'll need to keep tweaking with it, but I think I finally feel prepared to spend 2 hours in a room with the little-littles!
ghost_light: (Scooter 3)
Interesting improv class today.

I decided to do something different this session and started the kids off using a real ball in sound ball. About every 3rd or 4th throw, one of them tossed it back to me.

Today I took the ball away and we played the traditional way - with an invisible ball which not only changed sound but could change size and weight as it passed from person to person.

One of the kids is on the autism spectrum, so I always keep an eye out to make sure he's not being excluded in games. Then I noticed something.

When the ball went invisible, they started to exclude me. Like they didn't need me to be the person who could reliably throw and catch any more.

Interesting.
ghost_light: (Scooter 3)
Interesting improv class today.

I decided to do something different this session and started the kids off using a real ball in sound ball. About every 3rd or 4th throw, one of them tossed it back to me.

Today I took the ball away and we played the traditional way - with an invisible ball which not only changed sound but could change size and weight as it passed from person to person.

One of the kids is on the autism spectrum, so I always keep an eye out to make sure he's not being excluded in games. Then I noticed something.

When the ball went invisible, they started to exclude me. Like they didn't need me to be the person who could reliably throw and catch any more.

Interesting.
ghost_light: (Owl House)
Time well spent with Mom and dad this weekend.

Friday we drove out to Girdwood to surprise Mom with dinner at Double Musky as a late birthday present. It was about a 45 minute wait but we had deep fried crawfish poppers for an appetizer. Mark has oso buco with fresh lamb, dad had a steak the size of his head, I ate alligator (!!! very yummy - kind of tough but rather like stew meat.) and Mom ordered a shrimp scampi where the chef seemed to have added the garlic, forgotten about it and added more garlic at the end just in case. She didn't say anything until it was too late to send it back. We also got deserts. I'm still working on mine.

Class Saturday went well. I tried a new game with the kids that I swiped off the Who's Line Is It Anyway? website. It's a variation on Emotional Blocks where, instead of mapping out places on the floor and you change emotions depending on where you are standing, you give the actors 3 props, each with a different emotion that they have to exhibit while in possession of the item. They really liked it and they did pretty good with it. They were great about making trading object very natural - as opposed to "I want the flowers now!" - but we need to start working on having a scene as well as a gimmick now.

Mark had a Hash on Saturday, so I met up with Mom and Dad after classes for appetizers before going to see Deathtrap. It was an interesting production. Deathtrap has long been one of my favorite plays, so I have very strong feelings about how it "should" be done. I wasn't really disappointed, but some parts of it felt overly theatrical and some needed more of a flourish. Helga ten Dorp was awesome.

We went out to dinner after that and then dropped Mom and Dad off at their hotel. A couple of friends just moved back to town and were having a poker party, so we stopped in just to say hi for a few minutes.

Sunday I canceled rehearsal so I could spend some time with Mom and Dad. We did brunch at Humpy's and then walked around downtown for a while. Dad wanted to watch football, so we got them settled into our apartment for the afternoon while we went to a Brr-lesque show planning meeting. It looks like I only have an unavoidable conflict with one of the shows this year, if I can get someone to cover me at the PAC for a show and a load-in. I really don't need one, but I have secured my brr-lesque name - Eileen Dover.

I'm supposed to be off today, but I had to run by the office to pick up disc for the PAC and do some stuff with school shows. The Diva called while I was on my way "Oh I'm working from home too, so you can get the mail, answer the email and phone messages!" I told him I would not be checking the mail on my day off. I am trying to get stuff done, though, and feeling very put-upon.
ghost_light: (Owl House)
Time well spent with Mom and dad this weekend.

Friday we drove out to Girdwood to surprise Mom with dinner at Double Musky as a late birthday present. It was about a 45 minute wait but we had deep fried crawfish poppers for an appetizer. Mark has oso buco with fresh lamb, dad had a steak the size of his head, I ate alligator (!!! very yummy - kind of tough but rather like stew meat.) and Mom ordered a shrimp scampi where the chef seemed to have added the garlic, forgotten about it and added more garlic at the end just in case. She didn't say anything until it was too late to send it back. We also got deserts. I'm still working on mine.

Class Saturday went well. I tried a new game with the kids that I swiped off the Who's Line Is It Anyway? website. It's a variation on Emotional Blocks where, instead of mapping out places on the floor and you change emotions depending on where you are standing, you give the actors 3 props, each with a different emotion that they have to exhibit while in possession of the item. They really liked it and they did pretty good with it. They were great about making trading object very natural - as opposed to "I want the flowers now!" - but we need to start working on having a scene as well as a gimmick now.

Mark had a Hash on Saturday, so I met up with Mom and Dad after classes for appetizers before going to see Deathtrap. It was an interesting production. Deathtrap has long been one of my favorite plays, so I have very strong feelings about how it "should" be done. I wasn't really disappointed, but some parts of it felt overly theatrical and some needed more of a flourish. Helga ten Dorp was awesome.

We went out to dinner after that and then dropped Mom and Dad off at their hotel. A couple of friends just moved back to town and were having a poker party, so we stopped in just to say hi for a few minutes.

Sunday I canceled rehearsal so I could spend some time with Mom and Dad. We did brunch at Humpy's and then walked around downtown for a while. Dad wanted to watch football, so we got them settled into our apartment for the afternoon while we went to a Brr-lesque show planning meeting. It looks like I only have an unavoidable conflict with one of the shows this year, if I can get someone to cover me at the PAC for a show and a load-in. I really don't need one, but I have secured my brr-lesque name - Eileen Dover.

I'm supposed to be off today, but I had to run by the office to pick up disc for the PAC and do some stuff with school shows. The Diva called while I was on my way "Oh I'm working from home too, so you can get the mail, answer the email and phone messages!" I told him I would not be checking the mail on my day off. I am trying to get stuff done, though, and feeling very put-upon.
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The roof right next to ours is flat. When it begins to collect pools of standing water that my father-in-law once looked over and exclaimed "I didn't know you could see Lake Spenard from here!", it's a sure sign fall is here.

The birch leaves in our neighbors yard are steadily depositing brown leaves on our porch which are steadily getting tracked into the house.

The heating situation in our apartment is odd. We are on the second floor and it should stand to reason that heat rises. During the summer it is almost never below 73 degrees in our living room. In the winter, it is seldom above 45 when get up in the morning even with the heat on. Mark had to turn the heat on Friday night because our living room had dipped to 64 degrees.

It was 67 in here when I work up this morning and there is a fine layer of ice on Lake Spenard this morning.

It's too soon!!!

We did have a fine weekend, though. I was at work all day Saturday with our first drama classes of the season. I'm teaching improv again and I'm really happy with my group. One of the girls is telling everyone else what to do and how to do it already, so we will have to work on that, and one of the boys is a little disgruntled because he was in my classes during Summer Conservatory so he already knew all of the games we worked on.

Saturday night we went to a friend's 40th birthday/Talk Like a Pirate party and got to hang out with such truly excellent people as userinfokahteeyah, userinfoscooterpbakes, userinfogeolinguist, userinfojdawgspi and the newly-wedded userinfosionainn and userinfoname_omitted .

We continued beating on the joke that userinfojdawgspi and userinfogeolinguist should get married, just because the party would be epic, until userinfojdawgspi's date started to take offense. Good times.

Yesterday was actually sunny and a little warm. We ate dinner out on the porch to celebrate. I had rehearsal all afternoon and I went in, all low-energy and grumpy, trying to think of a way that we could work outside for a while. We were supposed to have all of the little Brownies there to work on their bits, but the majority of them did not come. Everyone was pretty grumpy and low-energy so instead, we worked extra hard on teaching them the scout oath in sign language for their first scene and teaching them how to march. That was when inspiration struck - they should go outside to march around! I'm the smartest director in the world!

In spite of our best efforts to go see a movie, Mark and I ended up bunkering and finishing season 1 of Eureka. We're poised to start season 3 of Slings and Arrows next. I can't wait. We took a break from series to watch Superman Returns last night. Mark liked it a lot. I like it much better this time, but I did fall asleep right before the exciting climatic battle. Damn meds.

Mark had the most exciting moment of all this weekend. He and userinfoscooterpbakes went hiking while I was at work Saturday. I got a call about 4. "Hi honey! We saw bears! A mama and a baby bear. We were almost killed and eaten by bears!!"

Thanks, dear.
ghost_light: (No.)
The roof right next to ours is flat. When it begins to collect pools of standing water that my father-in-law once looked over and exclaimed "I didn't know you could see Lake Spenard from here!", it's a sure sign fall is here.

The birch leaves in our neighbors yard are steadily depositing brown leaves on our porch which are steadily getting tracked into the house.

The heating situation in our apartment is odd. We are on the second floor and it should stand to reason that heat rises. During the summer it is almost never below 73 degrees in our living room. In the winter, it is seldom above 45 when get up in the morning even with the heat on. Mark had to turn the heat on Friday night because our living room had dipped to 64 degrees.

It was 67 in here when I work up this morning and there is a fine layer of ice on Lake Spenard this morning.

It's too soon!!!

We did have a fine weekend, though. I was at work all day Saturday with our first drama classes of the season. I'm teaching improv again and I'm really happy with my group. One of the girls is telling everyone else what to do and how to do it already, so we will have to work on that, and one of the boys is a little disgruntled because he was in my classes during Summer Conservatory so he already knew all of the games we worked on.

Saturday night we went to a friend's 40th birthday/Talk Like a Pirate party and got to hang out with such truly excellent people as userinfokahteeyah, userinfoscooterpbakes, userinfogeolinguist, userinfojdawgspi and the newly-wedded userinfosionainn and userinfoname_omitted .

We continued beating on the joke that userinfojdawgspi and userinfogeolinguist should get married, just because the party would be epic, until userinfojdawgspi's date started to take offense. Good times.

Yesterday was actually sunny and a little warm. We ate dinner out on the porch to celebrate. I had rehearsal all afternoon and I went in, all low-energy and grumpy, trying to think of a way that we could work outside for a while. We were supposed to have all of the little Brownies there to work on their bits, but the majority of them did not come. Everyone was pretty grumpy and low-energy so instead, we worked extra hard on teaching them the scout oath in sign language for their first scene and teaching them how to march. That was when inspiration struck - they should go outside to march around! I'm the smartest director in the world!

In spite of our best efforts to go see a movie, Mark and I ended up bunkering and finishing season 1 of Eureka. We're poised to start season 3 of Slings and Arrows next. I can't wait. We took a break from series to watch Superman Returns last night. Mark liked it a lot. I like it much better this time, but I did fall asleep right before the exciting climatic battle. Damn meds.

Mark had the most exciting moment of all this weekend. He and userinfoscooterpbakes went hiking while I was at work Saturday. I got a call about 4. "Hi honey! We saw bears! A mama and a baby bear. We were almost killed and eaten by bears!!"

Thanks, dear.
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userinfoghost_light: (doing an improv ask-for) Okay. I need the name of the silliest, stupid, absolute sappiest kids cartoon movie ever aired on a Saturday.

Students: .......Hamlet?

1. What's your sign?

2. If you could be world-renowned for one thing, what would it be?

3. What are your plans this weekend?
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userinfoghost_light: (doing an improv ask-for) Okay. I need the name of the silliest, stupid, absolute sappiest kids cartoon movie ever aired on a Saturday.

Students: .......Hamlet?

1. What's your sign?

2. If you could be world-renowned for one thing, what would it be?

3. What are your plans this weekend?
ghost_light: (SM)
I'm teaching an improv intensive out in Chugiak and it's too early to be clever.  Today is your day to ask me anything.
ghost_light: (SM)
I'm teaching an improv intensive out in Chugiak and it's too early to be clever.  Today is your day to ask me anything.
ghost_light: (Me)
1. What is your simple 6-step plan for world domination? (thank Mark for that one)

2. What was the last live event you went to see?

3. Do you have a favorite picture of yourself? How would you describe it?

Busy day coming up - still working on Conservatory things, of course, and teaching an improv class for home schoolers. Mark is supposed to teach a monologue class starting on Saturday, but he is feeling overwhelmed and I'm pretty sure that I will end up doing it. I'm going to try to talk Don into it,though.
ghost_light: (Me)
1. What is your simple 6-step plan for world domination? (thank Mark for that one)

2. What was the last live event you went to see?

3. Do you have a favorite picture of yourself? How would you describe it?

Busy day coming up - still working on Conservatory things, of course, and teaching an improv class for home schoolers. Mark is supposed to teach a monologue class starting on Saturday, but he is feeling overwhelmed and I'm pretty sure that I will end up doing it. I'm going to try to talk Don into it,though.

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