Sunday, February 16, 2014
It really does get under my skin. It is so thoughtless of the school board and the administration. I know. They were looking for something to offer teachers in contract negotiations. At what cost? A cost to the kids. Budgets are small. Money is short. Now there are few ticket sales and the program is at risk. Who suffers? THE KIDS! Jerks. There. I said it.
At least the show is a cute show (for being such a dumb script). And we get to have plays for now. Meanwhile, The school decided to offer a production class for the second semester. In the class the kids will learn the whole process of production from beginning to end. At first the teacher chose to do Urinetown. It's a funny script. I like it. I am even thinking of proposing it for a show at Pentacle Theatre. I've written up my thoughts for the theater board and even started a Student Study Guide. I started going to the school as a volunteer for a couple of hours a day to help with the tech class and the production class. The teacher even used the lessons plans I wrote about Brecht to teach the kids about a new style of theater... then the show fell. The principle and the Superintendent don't like the show. They have asked the teacher to change shows. But now the kids were completely sold on the show and the theater techniques we had all talked about. They were pretty disappointed when the teacher said they needed a different show. I guess the administration said they wouldn't censor the teacher but they really didn't want to have the show because it looked too much like the recent union against the district stuff that has been going on. They said they want the community to heal.
I don't buy it. I think they are mostly worried about their own selves. Meanwhile, the teacher feels cornered. He really wanted to do the show. They all knew the plan and were rude enough to wait until three weeks into the semester to say something. Music and Drama are always on the chopping block, so a livelihood feels threatened. It looks like we will be starting over casting a show. Sad really. However, I have to say I am proud of what the kids learned. They are a completely different group of kids now than they were three weeks ago. These are now kids willing to stand up for what they believe. Hannah is in the class and she and a couple other kids wrote letters to the principle and to the Superintendent. They have all developed some critical thinking skills and are beginning to look at the world with new eyes. They are seeing that they can make a difference in this world... all because we started and discussed Urinetown. So it's sad we won't get to perform the show, but it's good that we contributed to helping these kids be better contributors to the communities they will eventually be a part of as adults.
Maybe we will find out what they will get to do this week... after a long weekend. Meanwhile, we work on Willie Wonka. I boss people... Hannah gets mics ready and is learning more and more about the sound board...
... and Lilli is learning to do follow spot. She is doing a great job! Truth be told, she far better than the two high school students I have on the other two follow spots. I think I have an other techie in the mix. That makes every single one of my kids who have stepped up to do jobs in the techie world. No one has stuck with it, but I may get one to eventually. :)
It was deep. The dogs didn't like to go out. Kirby was buried every time he was let out to relieve his bladder. We had to shovel the deck and a path in the grass in order to convince him he needed to go out. He was ok once we got the freezing rain that made a layer of ice on the snow.... that is until he fell through the ice and snow and was buried again. Silly dog.
We go most week nights. I am enjoying getting to know more and more people. I especially enjoy hanging out with the people I got to know during Secret Garden and in other theater adventure. I like the collaboration and the working relationship I have with the director Robert Salberg. We really work well together and it feels like we've known each other for ever. I sure hope I get to help him on many shows to come because we do work well together... nearly as good as Jeff and I do. :)
Hannah is a great cast member. She is completely memorized, knows her blocking and has a great attitude. As Eponine she sits around for much of the production. She and "Cosette" get cozy on the couch while they wait for their scenes. These two beauties may have the "leads" in this show, but they are not in very many scenes... thus they are perfecting the art of napping at rehearsal.
For our snow days, Hannah and I made 4 batches of cinnamon rolls. We had pans coming out our ears. John liked driving around giving them away. Hannah said I can now make good cinnamon rolls because I'm a grandma. Whatever. I've always been good. She just didn't want to give me credit. I did try a new recipe. I wish they were a little more flaky. I've got to figure that out. Maybe on our next snow day.
I took this picture because I was frustrated one day. See... I used to have all kinds of charts and schemes to get the kids to help with chores. I've given those up in recent years. On this particular day I asked Lilli to empty the dish washer and Hannah to clean up the table and Chad to wipe off the counters. I went around changing laundry and stuff... and unloaded and loaded the dish washer, cleaned the table off, wiped the counters and swept the floor. Meanwhile, this is what the kids did. I took a picture. I want them to know someday what it looked like when they did chores when they complain to me that they can't get their kids to help up. I know. Most of you will comment on how I should unplug the computer or tv. but truthfully, I don't have time for the fight... at least not that day. It was so much easier when they were little. I am sorry I ever complained out getting little kids to help. Teen are just not helpful AT ALL!
She is a stinker and wouldn't let me get a picture.... something about getting her teeth brushed first. Like anyone was going to see the goo on her teeth... its white after all. She is glad to have that little adventure done... just in time for Les Miserables.
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Since you kept scrolling you got to see the finished product. They are beautiful. Until next week!