Excitement Is in the Air

It has been great seeing  all of the smiling faces in the hallways!! Students of all ages seem excited to be back at school  We started the school year off by playing  improvisation  games. They are great  ice breakers and they get everyone reacquainted  again! It has been great getting to know the new students. They are fitting in wonderfully  and we are happy to have them a part of our Quest family! In addition to drama games we did a lot of movement, stretching  and dancing in class.  We talked about what it means to be a good actor and how the same things can help us as individuals. Such things are; living your truth/ authenticity, having clear intentions ,  listening, having an objective and motivation every time you enter the stage, showing empathy, sympathy,  connection, and communication, and having expression in both the voice and body.

Thank you to all that came to Meet the Teacher Night! If you were not able to join us, please email me with any questions you may have.

 

 

Quest Academy 8th graders presents “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang”

Hello to all!

It is that time of year! The 8th graders have been working very hard preparing for their 8th grade musical “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang”

Not only have they been learning their music, studying their lines, and learning choreography; they have also been assigned to work in a crew.  They help with set design and building, painting, hair and make-up, props, designing the program, lighting, costumes, marketing and selling concessions. In order put on the musical we have to do a lot of fundraising. If you would like to help donate towards the musical here is how you can help!

We are selling concessions at lunch and after school in the front lobby.  There will be a school dance on Friday, April, 28th in the gym. Entry fee helps fund the musical. We will also have a 3 on 3 basketball tournament in the gym Wednesday, May 3rd at 4:30, proceeds go towards the musical.

You can also support us by buying a ticket to some to the musical. You can either purchase a ticket at the door or find them on eventbrite.com and search for Quest Academy.  Your children will only get to see the first act on Friday, May 11th , so please bring your children back during an evening performance so that they can see the entire musical.  You aren’t going to want to miss seeing “Chitty” the car itself and how it works its magic in the fantastic story “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang”. Come see how hard the 8th graders have been working and what they created 🙂

Show times are Thursday, May 11th at 7:00 pm and Friday, May 12th at 7:00. We hope to see you there!

Bravo! And it’s time to FLY

Please remember Ifly is this week:

Arrive to Quest: NO LATER THAN 8AM
Buses will depart promptly at 8:10
Attire: Wear Quest gear or RED and comfortable shoes
LUNCH: All students need a sack lunch.
Should you need further information, please refer to the agenda/itinerary that I shared with you.
I am looking forward to flying with 4th and 5th graders on Monday.
Bravo and congrats to my fifth graders for a wonderful performance of “Lewis and CLark”! You all really stepped up for you informance day and your audience loved it! Way to go!
Also a congrats and Bravo to my seventh graders performing Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” . I am so proud of you kids.  You really rocked! I was amazed with all of your hard work from the program, lighting, scene changes, music, acting, and character work on stage!
Eighth grade have started to learn ensemble songs for “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” as well as some choreography.  Students also designed in their crews this week and this weekend we are hoping to start to build some of our designs!

It’s show Time

Here are a few date reminders and announcements.

“Informance” of “The Adventure of Lewis and Clark”  

by Roger Emerson and John Jacobson

Tuesday, March 7 from 1:30-2:15 pm

A mini-musical presented by the 5th Dragon class in the drama room. Please come a few minutes early to get a seat so that we can start our performance on time.  If you do come after the performance has already started please pass through the costume room and not on the stage. Please include names of attendees when you RSVP on the evite and Sharon Rockhill sent out. There will be a live stream as well for those who cannot make it.

The seventh graders will be going to Navy Pier to watch “Romeo and Juliet” this Thursday! We will be eating lunch down there before the performance. Please make sure to dress nicely. Business casual 🙂

Dress rehearsal with be March, 15th, 1:15-3:30.

Please mark your calendars for the performance on March 16th, at 8:30 am . Presented on  Quest Academy’s Stage/gym. There will be a live stream in case you are not able to come. 

We finally have a date for “Dear Edwina”! Section 6-1 will do the first half and 6-2 will do the second half. We will be presenting our class drama and music INFORMANCE of “Dear Edwina” on Wednesday, March 22 at 4:00PM in the gym. We will keep the students after school and be ready for our audience at 3:50PM. Hope to see you there!

Don’t forget to mark your calendars for the 8th grade musical “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” Thursday, May 11th, at 7:00 pm and Friday, May 12th, at 7:00 pm.   See you there!

 

 

Audition Week

I am so proud of all of my drama students.  As soon as we got back from Winter break we did not waist anytime! We went straight to work 🙂

In Eighth Grade students performed their monologues for their classmates.  We will be finishing those up next week. I have been so impressed with the monologues I have watched so far. Bravo!!  Eighth graders have also been preparing themselves for their Spring musical audition.  I am proud to announce the eighth grade musical, “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang”! Please mark your calendars for Thursday May 11th and Friday May 12th.  Students auditioned for their music portion first followed by their drama portion. This consisted of a cold reading of a monologue as well as auditioning with their prepared monologue that they have to perform in drama class.   The choreography audition was on Wednesday during flex.  Call back will be next week.  I am looking forward to casting and getting started with the musical!!!

In Seventh Grade we have started our Shakespeare unit!  This week students auditioned for “Romeo and Juliet”! I was so proud of how well they did auditioning. It is important that students get an opportunity to speak Shakespeare. Therefore , in some cases there will be multiple actors playing one role.  Some characters will not. It just depends on how I cast. Section 7-1 will do the first half of the play and 7-2 will do the second half.  We also watched Scene night in class.  This way we can give ourselves constructive criticism and learn what we can do differently during the performance of “Romeo and Juliet”.

In Sixth Grade students auditioned for the sixth grade musical “Dear Edwina Junior”! I was so proud of how everyone did.  During the audition students had to do a cold reading from the script.  We also watched Scene Night in class. It was a great opportunity to see how wonderful everyone did and what they can personally grow in and improve on for their musical performance.

In Fifth grade we have been working on characterization for “Lewis and Clark”! It has been fun to watch the character development in class during some improvisation that we did this week.  Students also reviewed their stage directions because next week we are going to start blocking our scenes! Please help your children run their lines, cue lines and music!  

It is Scene Night Time! Hope you all can join us!

What a beautiful Autumn we have had so far. I am sure you and your children are looking forward to Fall Break and being with your family and friends over the holidays.

Next week is the last week of first trimester! Time sure does fly when you are having fun.

I hope that you all can join us Wednesday, November 16th at 6:00 pm. to watch the sixth and seventh graders perform at scene night! 8th graders we would love to have you in the audience too. It is always great to have the extra support.  Parents just a reminder that dress rehearsal for 6th and 7th graders is Tuesday, November 15th from 3:30-6:00 pm.  Please make sure you pick your children up promptly. I have another appointment that evening at 6:30 and will have to leave right at 6:00 pm.   Your child can leave once their scene has been rehearsed on the stage.  Your children will get to see the order of scenes on Monday.

Call time for November 16th for 6th graders is 5:15 pm. and 7th graders 5:30 pm.   Please make sure to pick your children up as soon as scene night is over.  It will be a long day for everyone and a school day the next day, so rest is important!

Sixth and Seventh graders have been working hard the past few weeks on preparing for Scene Night.  It is very important your children get together this weekend with their scene partner(s) outside of class to rehearse their scenes.  See you all soon 🙂 I am so proud of all of my students for having the courage to get up on that stage and perform! This past week we have been working on characterization as well as polishing up anything we need to before next week. Please continue to review your child’s script with them.

In eighth grade, students have continued to journal in their DDD’s as well as warm-up in class physically to Freeze Walks and vocally to tongue Twisters.  Students have also been working on solo improvisations in class.

Hope to see you all at Scene Night!

Have a wonderful weekend!

 

 

Reminder

Storytelling Night – Friday, September 23, 6:30 pm

“Eureka!” is our theme.  Quest storytellers will share stories celebrating those wonderful “a-ha!” moments of discovery.  Yarns will be spun honoring the traditions of the art form as well as the spirit of innovation.  Held at our beautiful West Campus Amphitheater (gym in case of rain), the all-ages event is open to the community.  Admission is free — bring your blankets and lawn chairs!  We hope to see all of you there!  (P.S. Two date have been floating about, this is the right one, 9/23)

Let our emotions run Free!

Sixth, Seventh, and Eighth

 

I cannot believe that fall is almost here. Let’s enjoy what is left of the summer the best that we can. It seems that students are excited to be back at school.  It is so refreshing to see the enthusiasm from the students when they walk into drama class.  We have been working on improvisation and drama games, which helps the students get comfortable in the space they are in.  During improvisation the actor is forced to react spontaneously to what is happening on stage. All of the concentration is directed toward the situation and the other actors in the scene.   Students learn to be good listeners, think in their feet, respond quickly, think ahead and problem solve.   This can be a tool in everyday life.

We also worked a lot with our senses.  An actor’s tool is their body.  In order to use it properly we have to be well tuned.  The first thing we do in class is warm up our instrument.  Students vocally and physically worked together as an ensemble during warm-ups.  This would get them ready to utilize their body actions as well as facial and verbal expressions during improvisation.  By using the senses students were able to express themselves in a more natural truthful way.  We had a full day of movement. It was a combination of stretching, dance, yoga, isolation moves, and tai chi.  Students had to follow directions and also stay in rhythm with me! Bravo students! You rocked 🙂 In order to cool down I had my students work on diaphragm breathing and exercising their imagination. They had to lay down and close their eyes and think of somewhere else other than being in the drama room. They had to imagine this room and use their senses while doing so.  

We talked about emotional memory recall and how it can help us as actors.   Memory recall helps u recall different events in our lives.  The theory of affective memory believes that every emotional experience that we have been through is remembered and exists in our subconscious.  In acting we need to know how to trigger affective memory when we wish too.  This is part of improvisation.  Affective memories are often triggered in everyday life.  Remembering how our senses were used at certain moments, can help us bring back those feelings when acting to make it more believable on stage.

With enough practice the actor gradually begins to realize that every performance of a staged play and every real life situation, are formed with the same level of energy and Improvisation. We use improvisation every day.  I believe students have gained some confidence in this unit and are much more aware of their surroundings.  

Lastly we worked some more serious emotions in class.  Often times children like to be funny, or choose characters that are light hearted and happy but that isn’t real life. People are sad, disappointed, mad, lonely, confused, etc . I shared an experience I went through that made me very sad.  As I told my story they saw how it changed my voice, posture, expression/ emotion and gesture.  Most of the class showed me empathy and came up to me and gave me a hug. I told them that they all showed me compassion by listening and giving me their attention.  As I shared  that experience they saw my whole demeanor change.   I told them if I had to play “sad” on stage I would just think of that experience and that emotion would be believable on stage because of me remembering my real life situation.  

IT was then time for my classmates to  show someone in their class sympathy, empathy and compassion.  I had my students pair up in class and share a story or experience about their life that made them sad.  Their partners had to listen and show them compassion somehow.  I saw kids passing out tissues, hugging, listening intently, putting their head or hand on their shoulder, moving closer to their partner, etc. It was a beautiful thing to see everyone could be so honest with themselves and trust their partners.

We closed with talking about how actors need to also take themselves out of that moment when they are finished and think of something good and positive to get them through their day as normal.  I was so happy to see how much empathy and sympathy was shown during class. A lot of kids said they felt closer to their partner and better after sharing their experience! So proud of you guys!

Tech week!

I hope you all can come watch our 8th grade production of “The Little Mermaid”!

Performance times: Friday, April 29th 7:00 pm and Saturday, April 30th, 12:00 noon!

You can purchase tickets at the door, cash or check only for $12

You can also purchase tickets on eventbrite.com! Hope to see you all there.

Parents this week is tech week for “The Little Mermaid”.  The 8th graders are in the gym/stage all week working on their production.  Your children will still have drama class.  They will come to the gym and observe all of the action. Their assignment is to write in their DDD about what they observed.   One day it will be there turn to perform the musical!