Author: cjohnston

Your quiz will be on Monday, October 2.  It will have the definitions provided, and you fill in the blank with the vocabulary word.

  1. Audition: a tryout for a part in a play
  2. Rehearsal:  practice sessions in which the actors and tech crew prepare for a performance through repetition
  3. Run through: rehearse the whole scene or play without interruption
  4. Character: a role that an actor portrays in a play
  5. Ensemble: the group of people collaborating to produce a performance
  6. Improvisation (Improv): an impromptu scene where the actors make up the dialogue and action
  7. Monologue: a long speech for one character
  8. Dialogue:  lines shared between two or more characters
  9. Articulation: clearly pronouncing words with good diction
  10. Project: to make oneself heard loudly and clearly
  11. Blocking: director’s planned movement for the characters
  12. Cross: an actor’s move from one part of the stage to another
  13. Open up: to cheat your face or body toward the audience
  14. Cue: (1) last words or action of one actor that immediately precede another actor’s speech; (2) signal for light changes, curtain, etc
  15. Pick up cues: to quickly begin a speech without allowing a pause between the first words of the speech and the cue
  16. Off Book:  when the actors rehearse without carrying their scripts because they have memorized their lines
  17. Critique: evaluation and suggestions
  18. Call: the time when actors are required to check in at the theatre for a rehearsal or performance
  19. Places: warning for actors to assume their position on stage for the beginning of the scene
  20. Break a Leg:  the common phrase used to wish good luck before a performance
  21. Curtain Call:  the actors’ bows at the end of a show

Introduction to Theatre Class – Personal Monologue

Assigned 9-11, due 9-19

Please create a personal monologue using one of the following questions as a jumping-off point.

  • Tell about your favorite dream
  • Tell about the most exciting day of your life
  • Where do you wish you could go
  • If you were magical, what would you do with your magic
  • Tell something that would surprise us to know about you
  • What makes you unique…
  • What are you most scared of

For this personal monologue, each actor should write a monologue which can then be presented to the class onstage. Actors can choose to include music, props or costumes as they see fit. When presenting the monologue, actors can use the stage in any way to express their ideas.  The presentation need not be simply standing and talking.  It should last anywhere from 1 to 2 minutes.

We look forward to getting to know you!

Mrs. Johnston & Mrs. Hileman

Play Review – Guidelines

For Intro to Theatre, 1 play review is due by May 24.

For Acting Workshop, 1 play review due by January 12, a second is due by May 24.

The play reviews should be typed (or very neatly written), and should be about a page in length. Please spell-check, and use proper grammar and sentence construction. Feel free to be honest about your opinions of the performance, but be sure to give examples to support why you formed your opinions.

First Paragraph:         Include information about what play you saw, who directed it, where and when it was performed. Give an overall opinion of the performance.

Second Paragraph:      Give a brief description of what the play is about – don’t give away the whole plot, but do tell if it’s a comedy, drama, musical, etc., and tell some of the plot highlights.

Third Paragraph:        Pick a few of the actors who impressed you (either with their talent or lack of…), and describe how they did. Give examples of what they did that was good, or bad, and your opinions about them.

Fourth Paragraph:      Pick a few of the technical aspects of the production, describe them, and give your opinions about them. You could choose to write about the directing, the set, costumes, lighting, sound, special effects, or overall design.

Final Paragraph:         Wrap up your ideas, and give a recommendation to the readers about whether they should see or skip this play.

*** Include a program from the production if possible! ***

Theatre at St. Michael’s is proud to present the final performance of the summer, “As You Like It” on Friday, August 11th and Saturday, August 12th at 7:00.  This performance will feature actors ages 9 – 15, who have spent the past two weeks studying and bringing to life William Shakespeare’s lively comedy, supported behind the scenes by tech campers who have built the set and will run technical aspects of the show.  Imagine a world with disguises and capers galore… add true love, banishment, and a bunch of wild and crazy outcasts living in the forest, and you have William Shakespeare’s “As You Like It.” In this production’s interpretation, the Forest of Arden is reimagined as a casino in Las Vegas where anything can happen – love at first sight, fortunes won and lost, old friends reuniting, and of course, Elvis!  Christina Johnston is directing the show, assisted by Jessica Reeg, choreography is by Nicole Chagnon, and technical direction is by Patrick Grimes.

The performance is in Hill House Arts and Athletic Center at St. Michael’s School, and is free and open to the public, with donations welcome at the door.  For more information, please contact Christina Johnston at (401) 849-5970 x411 or email cjohnston@smcds.org. 

Theatre at St. Michael’s is proud to present an original musical entitled “Showdown!“ on Friday, July 28th and Saturday, July 29th at 7:00.  This performance will feature actors ages 9 – 15, who have spent the past three weeks writing and rehearsing a show of their own creation, supported behind the scenes by tech campers who have built the set and will run technical aspects of the show.  The group worked with writing coach Andrew Katzman to conceive a musical about two rival theatre companies who ultimately decide that collaboration is better than competition.  The characters and scenes are filled with whimsical theatre references, making the show-versus-show-within-a-show concept thoroughly entertaining.  Campers are largely responsible for writing the original songs, and also helping to design and build the dual design set.  Chelsea Boergesson is directing the show, Kristine Langello is musical director, choreography is by Nicole Chagnon, and technical direction is by Patrick Grimes.

The performance is in Hill House Arts and Athletic Center at St. Michael’s School, and is free and open to the public, with donations welcome at the door.  For more information, please contact Christina Johnston at (401) 849-5970 x 41 or email at cjohnston@smcds.org.

Additional performances this summer will include Shakespeare’s “As You Like It” on August 11th and 12th.  For more information about Theatre at St. Michael’s camps and shows, please visit our website at http://smcds.org/tasm/

Theatre at St. Michael’s is proud to present William Shakespeare’s intense and tragic classic, “King Lear” on Friday, July 14th and Saturday, July 15th at 7:00. This performance will feature actors ages 13 – 18, who have been intensively studying the play in a two-week program under the direction of Christina Johnston. Assistant direction is by Chelsea Boergesson, and design is by Patrick Grimes.

Actors include Manny Maldonado as the noble and fraught Lear, Madison Palmieri and Angelina Leavitt as his two scheming and vengeful daughters, and Nastia Goddard as the loyal Cordelia.  Cece Brower is the tragic Gloucester, with Olivia Gravier as the true daughter Emilia and Kamran Bina as the devious son Edmund. The cast is rounded out by Aurore LeYoudec, Bridget Vanderveer, Sam Brower, Makenzie Lyons, Vika Huth, and Genevieve Masson. Christina LoPresti and Arthur Lindh are working with the camp staff to design and build the show.

The performance is free and open to the public, but deals with themes that may unsuitable for young children. Parental discretion advised. Donations are welcome at the door. For more information, please contact TASM camp director Christina Johnston at (401) 849-5970 x411.

Additional TASM performances this summer will include an original musical to be performed on July 28th and 29th, as well as Shakespeare’s “As You Like It” on August 11th and 12th.

Midsummer-Poster-678x1024-2Theatre at St. Michael’s is proud to present the final performance of the summer, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” on Friday, August 12th and Saturday, August 13th at 7:00. This performance will feature actors ages 9 – 15, who have spent the past two weeks studying and bringing to life William Shakespeare’s delightful comedy, supported behind the scenes by tech campers who have built the set and will run technical aspects of the show. In this production’s interpretation, the fairies of Shakespeare’s magical land are sparks in the dark of the digital world that underlies reality, playing with the perceptions of the hapless humans wandering through their everyday lives. Christina Johnston is directing the show, assisted by Jessica Reeg, choreography is by Nicole Chagnon, and technical direction is by Patrick Grimes.

The performance is in Hill House Arts and Athletic Center at St. Michael’s School, and is free and open to the public, with donations welcome at the door. For more information, please contact Christina Johnston at (401) 849-5970 x411 or email at cjohnston@smcds.org.

 

Happily-Together-postTheatre at St. Michael’s is proud to present an original musical entitled “Happily Together After” on Friday, July 29th and Saturday, July 30th at 7:00. This performance will feature actors ages 9 – 15, who have spent the past three weeks writing and rehearsing a show of their own creation, supported behind the scenes by tech campers who have built the set and will run technical aspects of the show. The group worked with writing coach Andrew Katzman to conceive a fairy tale world filled with familiar characters who find themselves in unfamiliar situations, where no one is confined to their traditionally set path, and everyone has to overcome new obstacles to get to their happily-ever-after. Campers are largely responsible for writing the original songs in the show, and also helping to design and build the versatile and clever storybook set. Chelsea Boergesson is directing the show, Kristine Langello is musical director, choreography is by Jessica Reeg, and technical direction is by Patrick Grimes.

The performance is in Hill House Arts and Athletic Center at St. Michael’s School, and is free and open to the public, with donations welcome at the door. For more information, please contact Christina Johnston at (401) 849-5970 x411 or email at cjohnston@smcds.org.

Additional performances this summer will include Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” on August 12th and 13th.

Othello-postTheatre at St. Michael’s is proud to present William Shakespeare’s timely and thought-provoking tragedy, “Othello” on Friday, July 15th and Saturday, July 16th at 7:00. This performance will feature actors ages 14 – 18, who have been intensively studying the play in a two-week program under the direction of Christina Johnston. Assistant direction is by Chelsea Boergesson, fight choreography is by Jason Robert LeClair, and design is by Patrick Grimes.

Actors include Nadia Leinhos as the noble but fraught Othello, Lynne Sipprelle as a tragically lovely Desdemona, and Scott Powell as the evilly manipulative Iago. The cast is rounded out by Kate Fairgrieve, John Thornton, Eliza Staples, Samantha DiMedia, Olivia Gravier, Lana Gaige, Cecelia Brower, Lily Trodson, William Harkins, Kamran Bina, Roan Iribarren, Alyx Cartin-Erickson, Allyson Grant, and Bridget Vanderveer. Emma Daigneault and Kaitlyn Burgess are working with the camp staff to design and build the show.

The performance is free and open to the public, but deals with themes that may unsuitable for young children. Parental discretion advised. Donations are welcome at the door. For more information, please contact TASM camp director Christina Johnston at (401) 849-5970 x411.

Additional TASM performances this summer will include an original musical to be performed on July 29th and 30th, as well as Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” on August 12th and 13th.

 

At ArtsFest, we celebrate and showcase a year’s worth of student work in the performing and visual arts.  Over 600 pieces of artwork will be displayed and approximately 100 students will perform either in groups, ensembles, or solo presentations. ArtsFest activities will take place in Mason House, the van Beuren Building, and the Hill House Arts and Athletics Center with additional drama performances in a tent.

Click here for the ArtsFest 2016 Schedule!