Hello Old Friend
Well, it has happened again. I've managed to put of blogging for so long that all I have time for now is quick review. So here it goes.
As a school we have welcomed two new administrators into our Ravenswood Family and I couldn't be happier. Our new principal Mr. Manaen began last fall and hit the ground running. Shortly after his arrival we got a new assistant principal, Mrs Underwood. It was a difficult time dealing with all of the transitions. Previous principal, Mrs. Connolly was a wonderful supporter and advocate of the arts and it was hard to see her go. As tricky as transitions can be, I can't imagine a better team of administrators to take on the mantle of leaders as we received with Mr. Manaen and Mrs. Underwood. I am certainly excited to be a part of the bright future with our new Ravenswood family.
As a drama class, we have had some exciting times as well. The middle school electives program we have implemented this year has been amazing. In the second quarter we focused on monologues and acting. For those of you who don't know, it is TERRIFYING performing for an audience all by yourself. I was so proud of all of the students in the middle school electives class as they gave their final performances at the end of quarter. They each did a phenomenal job. Next we have been working on directing. I have to admit, it's a hard enough thing to teach, but learning how to direct a scene/play is even harder. There is so much that goes into the process from choosing a text, to developing a concept, to creating a ground plan, creating blocking (the stage movements) for the actors, then implementing that blocking and changing it all when you realize that it doesn't look right, all the while maintaining communication with the actors, designers, and producer (yours truly). It was a monumental feat for the students, but I am very happy with the results.
It has been wonderful to watch the students learn and impressive to see them think in a completely new modality using so many skills at once.
Early elementary has also been on a roll. Recently we have incorporated costumes into our drama class. The objective was to create characters using a costume piece and collaborate with a group to make a short scene.
So how is this different from playing dress up? Great question! In this unit we focus on two things: the story (this is were the experience takes) and the reflection (this is where the learning takes place). The costumes provide an external inspiration for the story, as well as being totally fun. After each performance the students reflect on the process for the rest of the class and the class then asks questions. Right now, this is just a kindergarten unit, but costumes will begin to be used in drama centers later in the year.
I know I say "Stay tuned for more" quite a lot. There sure is more amazing drama tales to tell. I can only hope that time allows for more blogging. But before I go, don't forget to come out to the school (as you are able) on April 10th for our Spring Musical Performance of Charlotte's Web! Till next time.
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