Students began the week with a table read, before moving to the Crescendo stage for blocking. Enthusiasm was high for this hilarious version of It’s All Greek to Me. They discussed the outline of the week and daily goals.
Continuing the week the students memorized 47 pages of dialogue – no easy task, but an essential skill that will serve the students well throughout their academic and career journeys. Once comfortable with their lines, they refined tone, pacing, volume and clear enunciation. All necessary for successful public speaking.
The students worked really hard. The act of getting up on stage and performing in front of an audience can be nerve-wracking – especially for early adolescents, who often experience increased self-consciousness. For this reason, the teachers place a huge emphasis on creating a safe, respectful, and encouraging community that supports the students in being vulnerable and taking healthy risks. That also included built-in “downtime” during theatre week to take some of the pressure out of the rehearsal process. When the students are focused on the value of the process, and they can have fun along the way, they’re creating lifelong memories of their time in Middle School!
By Thursday, the backdrop is hung, the props are placed, and the actors are busy making last minute tweaks to their characters. The young stars took time in between scenes to help with setting up the chairs to keep our audience comfortable.
Day 5: The Performance!