Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Fantastic Performances 2010

Well, we are at the end of the last term for 2010. This year has just flown by and I can't believe it will soon be Christmas.
I would like to thank you for all your hard work this term getting our productions up and running.
All your performances were fantastic and I know your parents are so proud of you and your achievements. I have attached some photos of the different studios and you all look splendid in your costumes.
My thanks also to Mums and Dads, for the support you have given me over the year.
Well done all those who received their certificates this term. A great effort. A special congratulations to those of you who  received their 100 lesson plaque.
A reminder that we will be starting again in Term 1 of 2011, the week beginning 7th February.
I look forward to seeing you all then. We have lots of new exciting activities to look forward to.

In the meantime I wish you all a very happy and safe Christmas and a great holiday.

See you next year.

Friday, November 12, 2010

End Of Week Five

I can't believe we are half way through the term already. Where has the time gone. We are now in that difficult phase of learning our plays.
Some of the excitement has worn off and we are counting down to the performance date. As we will be performing in Week 9, that means we only have 2 more full lessons before dress rehearsal, so we really need to concentrate on our characters over the next 2 weeks and work hard to fix any problems we are having with the play.

Dress Rehearsal - is just that. When we make sure the costumes are right, the props work and the last time we have a chance to fix those niggly little problems.

As we are performing in week 9 the last lesson  in week 10 will be a mixture of movement, snippets and miniscripts. I will choose some from over the year  and we will just have some fun putting them together.

Youth Theatre - I have been asked to move our performance date forward to Thursday 9th December. Does this suit everyone. Please let me know if there is a problem.

Lastly for this week - The Helen O'Grady Star of the Week goes to ..............  Simon - from Green Island Studio. Thank you Simon for being an excellent role model for my younger students.

Have a great week.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Another Week Come and Gone

Hi everyone

What a great week it's been. Everything is starting to come together now. Well done all of you for the hard work you are putting into learning your lines and becoming your characters.
The next couple of weeks may be a bit messy as we start to fine tune everything, words, moves, songs, music etc but we all just need to be patient and concentrate just a little harder.

Performance dates will be:

Musselburgh      Tuesday 7th December
Oamaru              Wednesday 8th December
Green Island       Thursday 9th December
The Gardens      Friday 10th December
Roslyn               Monday 13th December
Youth Theatre   Thursday 16th December

If for some reason these dates don't suit, please let me know ASAP as I may be able to rearrange things. This time of year is a busy one for all of us.

The Helen O'Grady Drama Star of the Week goes to Elizabeth from Oamaru studio, for being such a cute baby elephant. Well done Elizabeth. Keep up the hard work.

That's all for now.

See you all next week.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Great Stuff

Just a short note this week.
I am very happy to see all the great work that is being put into learning our lines and becoming our characters. Keep it up.

We have just finished our third week and there are only 6 more weeks until we put on our performance. I am starting to get the costumes ready and making masks. I am also putting together sound effects to help our plays come alive.

Don't forget to keep thinking about your characters. How they walk and talk. How do you stand and stay in character, even if it's not your turn to say anything. This is really important. You may want to practise being your character at home when you have some spare time.

Lastly, my Helen O'Grady Drama star of the week goes to:   BRIAR - from Musselburgh Studio.

Well done Briar. I am really impressed at the way you have learnt all your words already and the confident way you say them.

Well that's all for now.


Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Welcome Back

Hello everyone

Well we are into the second week of Term 2 and things are getting busy already.  So many words to learn, so many characters to create. I know it seems a little chaotic at the moment but we will get there and I am confident that you will put on a splendid show.
I am starting to think about costumes. If you have any ideas or want to create your own costumes or masks or anything that will help you be your character that is great. Please don't spend lots of money, the best costumes are usually those that come from home and are made with lots of imagination. Be creative. Use lots of colour. Remember we have spiders, dragons, elves and fairies as some of our characters.

Those of you who are in the play about the Lions Roar, start thinking how the animal you are playing moves and sounds. Lots of colour for these characters too. Perhaps you would like to have a go at making your own animal masks.

Youth Theatre, we are going to have a fantastic play. It may be quite simple but the hard part is getting the characters. Have a good think about how you can make your character seem like a  real person, not just words on a script.

Keep working on getting those words learnt.

Only 7 more lessons until our performance Yeah!!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Last Week of Term Three

Well it's arrived - week 10 of term three.
I'm always a little sad at this time because I won't be seeing you for two weeks. On the bright side though we have a very exciting term 4 coming up with all the rehearsing for our end of year plays. I can't wait to get started and I will be spending time during my break getting everything organised so we can be begin term 4 with a rip and a roar.

Well done every one for your great work this term. I have seen so much improvement, especially when performing our mini-scripts and prop snippets.

I hope you all have a fantastic holiday. Keep safe and see you again in the first week of Term 4.

Bye for now..........


Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Term Four Productions

Guess what?????


Yes, its time to show our friends and family just how much we have learned and how much we have gained in confidence and self esteem.

We will be putting on our own play,which we will present to our folks in the last week of Term Four.

Its great fun as we will be rehearsing a real play, learning the lines, acting the parts and dressing up. YES, makeup is allowed for the presentation day.

On the first lesson of the new term, I will tell you which play we are performing and we will read through the script and I can get an idea of who might be playing which part. Really important to be there on the first lesson.

Its so exciting, I cant wait.

Bye for now


End of Term

Hello everyone. We are coming to the end of Term Three and its been great fun. I have seen so much growth from you all.

Especially pleasing has been the fantastic speech sessions, big voices, great faces and excellent articulation. Once again I have really enjoyed seeing you perform in our snippets and improvisations. It is wonderful to see your growth in confidence...remember how shy you were when you first came to our what a difference!

Looking forward to seeing you all again this week at class.

Bye for now