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I am so glad you connected; situations of this nature take a lot of energy and can be stressful BEFORE your kids even take the stage. It strikes a chord with me personally as I was teaching in a public school when a similar issue escalated to a national level. It all ended well and a great story for another day, BUT it all comes down to a some key points.
• Know your community. The less experience and earned respect you have in a district, the less leeway you have with choices of shows that break the mold for productions. The more you know your audiences and have earned credibility for what has been done in the past, the easier your choices will be accepted without discussion.
• Run your artistic vision and reasons for the show you choose by your administrator. He or she is the one that will hear more feedback than anyone. Be prepared with data such as age appropriate storytelling, language, historical references, casting, $ for costumes, scenery etc. to substantiate your show choice.
• History is indisputable. What we teach may not align with individual beliefs, but we teach it fundamentally for decision making. When we do Annie, Fiddler on the Roof, Once on this Island, Guys and Dolls and even Kinky Boots, we portray many varied religious and moral viewpoints. It doesn't mean we advocate them, but we are living in a world that includes all. It is important to refer and explain in context all references that may come up, alcoholic ones in Annie and Guys & Dolls included. Key questions/discussions about substance abuse then and now are necessary and appropriate.
Be prepared to defend your artistic choice and stick by it. There will always be parents with opinions. Some are very founded, some make us re-think our choices and some have them just because they can. Best of luck in putting out this fire.
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by Cindy Ripley
Our story for flying...
A few years back we did a roduction of "Just So" which requires the Kolokolo bird to "fly down" to save the Elephant child. Our design team created a fairly complicated rotating linear lever system that was to provide a gentle arc flight path. The height difference from start to finish was about 24", but she travelled around an 8' (or so) arc from start to finish. We kept it slow (safety), and despite everyone's efforts I was left with doubt that the effect was as succesful as it could be. That is until one performance, where right in the middle of the Kolokolo bird's flight a tiny voice of innocence from the audience gasped out "She's FLYING!!!". That was, and shall remain, a pure moment of theatrical magic.
Created 18 days ago with 3 posts
Last comment 14 days ago
by Andrew Williams
I don't think they have a projection program yet for MTI shows. We just started using projection last year and have been putting things together from the non-copyrighted photos or actually gone out and done photo shots etc. If anyone knows of any better ways or have a program please share for sure!
Created 88 days ago with 3 posts
Last comment 16 days ago
by Spencer Lau