Exec Council/Thespian Meeting
Thank you for your understanding in postponing today's meeting. Mrs. Gaudet is feeling much better now after a rough bout of heat exhaustion this afternoon.
I want to meet with the Exec Council AND any interested Thespians about a few things.
SAM, BRITNEY, KATRINA - can you please discuss and pick another day? Any is fine for me as long as works for you three.
The Comedy Show
titles? moods? vobes?
we have 3 classes this year, so we'll have three shows
that means each show can be a little LONGER than the hard 30 minutes we've usually used
two casts will be a size of 18-20 (Periods 4 & 5) and 9-10 (Period 6) with split casts
I wrote a One Act over the summer. I'd love for you to check it out.
We only have FOUR days in the theater instead of FIVE from now on
We will practice stagehand drills and scene changes in Room 229 to prep for our lost day
We will lay out prop tables, garment racks, makeup stations in easy-to-unpack containers in Room 229 to prep for our last day.
GOAL: We walk into the theater on our Tech Day with everybody knowing exactly what they’re doing. TEAM-PROFESSIONAL
Hold those two TECH/DRESS days during school hours, 7:00a-1:30p. No after school.
District Festival RULES CHANGE
- Oh man I just got an e-mail at 4:58pm today that upends what I wanted to talk about.
- We can no longer pick any play. Publishing houses and playwright estates are flexing copywrite laws
- I saw a "Green List" and "Red List" of plays we can and can't definitely choose from
- It's still developing
- There is now a SHORT FILM category! That's our jam!
- More info at the Troupe Directors' Meeting on Sat. Sep 9 at OUR SCHOOL - 10am-2pm
- I will need 2 Exec Council members to come. If all 3 of you want to, that's cool, too.
PROPOSED - Bring back Drama Club (last existed 1999-2002)
open to all students
meets once a month
big end year goal - Drama Club movie at the Film Festival? group musical?
meeting after school 1x/month for an hour
WCHS Drama (Blue) - $20 free entry to all WCHS Drama events
WCHS Thespian (Black) - $20 free entry to all WCHS Drama events
Title logo / super clean design - will encourage students to put in regular rotation = advertisement
Personalized names on back
Allow parents to buy? Mom/Dad, etc? Not sure if possible
Districts 2023 (Dec 9) (New strategy)
All Acting class students can enter Districts whether they are Thespians are not
Drama Club students can enter Districts
All Thespians expected to set up and enter at least one event (unless spec. circumstance)
Class time for months to work on events
Will be expected to be use class time to prepare an event(s) you WANT to enter
Mr. G will do mini-lessons on the tech events because they are cool & are kind of unclear
Auditions for the 5 slots/event type
Feel free to use Drama Club time to rehearse Musical events
BONUS: No more after-school workshops; can do all during class or at Drama Club mtg
Winter Film Festival
Expanding film length to 6:00 to 9:30 minutes (our original film length requirement)
Still at night; no show during school day
Will get parent signatures on everything ahead of time
We COULD add Drama Club performances or a Drama Club movie as a special feature BEFORE the Film Festival begins
DISADVANTAGE: You have 60% of a Drama teacher this year. Spring is also when I’m supposed to be grinding test prep for English 2 Honors students. And I don’t know what that is. I’m going to be spending after-school time with the English team.
BIG PROBLEM: I can’t run a full-length Spring production with less than ½ the time I usually have.
PROPOSED SOLUTION: Student-written One Acts, like we did back from 2004-2014(?). Can use Play Writing entries for Districts as well as other individuals and friends getting together who want to write a piece. It could TOTALLY BE WRITTEN BY US.
CHALLENGES: Everybody in every class who wants a part needs to get a part. Total amount of time for One Act show can’t exceed 2 hours.
OPPORTUNITY: Could allow Drama Club members to play as extras/villagers, etc. Or to be writers.
OPPORTUNITY: Would allow short-form plays to be performed. 5 minutes? 10 minutes?
OPPORTUNITY: Students who have wanted to be Directors or Playwrights would finally get their shot
FUTURE: If we get our numbers high enough we will def. go back to full-length production for 2024-25. This is intended to be a one-year “Let’s Deal With This Now Plan”
Okay those are all the things I wanted to talk about.
I want you to know that I am super psyched for this year, ready to tackle our setbacks, take advantage of our new opportunities, and to have the best year.
LET'S DO THIS