Because the stage is a flatbed truck, it can be brought on site and assembled in no time. Well, it takes a few hours, and is assembled by men, distracted by small children running around:
|Finished Set--two levels, two stairways|
And time management--are your lines memorized yet??
This year we are using the wonderful technology of Google+ hangouts for line practice. This saves gas (we really do this on a shoestring budget), and ensures that the kids are getting the pronunciations correct and so do not have to unlearn mistakes.
Here are some video clips and some still photos and links to our productions. I hope you'll agree that the kids really pull off something amazing.
Click through to youtube for the whole scene, which does not fit here.
We begin each year by announcing the cast list. Casting is a chore that goes to our director. We do not audition, since the company does not change, though graduates move on, and younger students move up to the senior group. The students, theoretically, practice their lines and know them well by the time rehearsals begin in March. In reality, everyone is constantly learning and relearning lines, stage directions, and cues until performance times. The kids drive each other to excel. Suddenly, chaos turns to order, and the play's the thing.
We perform in June for our homeschool group and for friends and relatives. And that's it.
|From the Junior (now senior) Players: Poor Bottom!|
Links to past productions:
Scenes from As You Like It and here. Note the older set, on ground level. Shakespeare does not need a big, complicated set. Our first and subsequent productions of A Midsummer Nights' Dream do not even use a stage, but rely on a few props and the landscape.
Scenes from Twelfth Night, the play that taught me to spell Twelfth.