Drama Games

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This class was such a hoot today – we split into groups and played charades with great enthusiasm, and then brought out the costumes and props, which is when the fun really began. The children chose accessories to help them create a character, everyone had a chance to introduce themselves and then we made up a story around them – this one was the tale of a witch with an evil cackle who created potions from poisonous candy and with her accomplice, dressed in star shaped glasses and cat ears, lured her victims (several cats, a lion, a reindeer some princesses and Mr. Pink Panther) into her dungeon…not always without a fight. Then along came a pair of delicate fairies who were capable of setting the captors free with a wave of their magic wand. In the meantime one of the cats turned into a bunny – half cat/half bunny who then transformed into a wizard and the last I saw she was prancing about wearing a very long nose, It was entertaining to say the least!

Where The Wild Things Are

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This Wednesday brings the beginning of our “Where the wild things are” production workshop – this time bringing a very boy heavy cast. It should be very interesting! Last year I did this play with a large group of little girls – it was my first show with kids and was such fun that I just had to keep going! My friend Gina sent me this picture today.

Dramabee preschool babes!

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I was so glad to get back into the swing of things again this week – starting gently with a wonderful workshop with my adorable preschool students. We started off with our usual vocal and physical warm up, sang and acted out some of their favorite songs and then they really surprised me by jumping right into a game of charades, It was their first time playing and it was a realĀ  hit – they can’t wait to play again next week, and we already know whose turn it is to go first! The class rounded up with some beautiful fantasy dancing with silk scarves, everybody was fully engaged and very happy -especially me!

And the play was good!

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So good! There was so much for the kids to remember, so many risks that I was asking them to take….I really stretched them to capacity – but they did it – and I was seriously impressed.Not that everything went exactly to plan, somehow the rain music seemed so much longer than it had been before, so I was directing an improvisation from the wings which covered the last minute of the piece. And the Santa poem got all jumbled up, but the kids resolved it and got through it right in front of the audience – the mistakes these kids make are so endearing, just makes me like them even more! The snowman building and snowball fight were really fun, and their stories were so cute. The audience loved it and parents signed their kids up for the next session. Good stuff.

This picture is of the rain dance – a superb, uplifting, flamenco style shin-dig!

‘A Winter Play!’

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I’m so excited about this Thursday’s show – ‘A Winter Play!’. The process of working with this extraordinary group of 8 and 9 year olds has been fantastic….and now the time has come to reveal the outcome of 12 weeks of drama workshops in our show! It’s a collaboration of music, poems and stories that the children have told – an original piece of work that I am very proud to have been fortunate enough to co-ordinate. The last shows by my students have been total sell-outs – I’m hoping that the same goes for this one – it creates such an upbeat dynamic atmosphere!

A Winter Play! ….Thursday, December 17th, 5pm….Electric Lodge, 1416 Electric Avenue CA 90291. Tix $5 ~