with Michelle Cameron
Final Rehearsal and Online Journal
Today was our grand rehearsal in the dining room. Each reading was practiced once; each play twice. Do encourage your kids to continue to practice at home. In case they have lost their printed version (which of course some of them will do) – see below!
The writers got to use the versions of their writing from our online journal – which is now online!
You can visit it here: https://mosaicfreeschoolonlinejournal.wordpress.com. Here’s where you can download and print out their reading if they have lost it. And do feel free to share it with friends and relatives. The kids did a great job!
Please plan on coming to our reading and play performance next week. We’ll need about 15 minutes to set up, so plan on arriving at 12:30. We’ll be delighted to give voice to our writing from this session – and show you the great job the kids did particularly on their one-act plays!
with Michelle Cameron
Today was week two of play practice. Thanks so much to Patti for helping out in class so we could once again rehearse in three separate groups.
Some of the kids have already memorized their lines – others still need to do so. They know who they are… Even if they’ve memorized, do encourage them to practice.
Next week is our “dress rehearsal” of both our reading pieces and our performances. This will probably take the entire class so that we can work the kinks out. PLEASE do send me a copy of their piece for the reading and our digital publication via email. Here is what I have so far:
If your child’s name is not on this list and you already sent it, please do resend to firstname.lastname@example.org THIS WEEK, PLEASE – latest by Saturday. Please send them in either Word on in text – that will help me bring them into our online publication.
As the groups were rehearsing, the rest of the students were writing stories that had magical objects in them. Most opted to write about a magical key – it will be interesting next week to hear where they took their stories.
It’s amazing how quickly this session is going. We’re all looking forward to our reading/performance!
Small Promotional Item
Finally, I just wanted to let you all know that some of my own work will be performed in Summit, NJ, on Sunday, May 22, when actors will stage a reading of my verse novel, In the Shadow of the Globe, as a tribute for the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. Probably not right for the kids in this class, but if you have teens or are yourself interested, I’d love to see you there! You can read more about the performance and register for preferential seating here.
with Michelle Cameron
Today was week one of play practice. Thanks so much to Jayne and Susan for helping out in class so I could have each group rehearse privately. We’ll do this again for the next couple of weeks.
The students now have their final scripts. I’ve told them (multiple times) that they are now responsible for hanging on to them. (Of course I’ll bring a couple of extras, anticipating that they won’t.) They’re determined to learn their lines by heart, so they should focus on this during the week.
For those students who missed class today, I’ll email the final script home to you. Do look out for the email.
As the groups were rehearsing, the rest of the students were using The Writers Circle’s Story Magic Cards to create new stories. We discussed the fact that some writers write more quickly than others, so those who did not manage to complete their stories in class should take the time this week to do so at home. Don’t worry if these stories don’t make a lot of sense – the cards prompted the kids to add some whacky situations to their stories.
Finally, I would like to begin practicing the reading portion of our last class/reading/performance, as well as setting up the digital final publication. Thus far, I only have electronic versions of writing from Gabriella, James, and David. Please send them to me either as a Word document (preferred) or in text. Emily, for instance, submitted hers in Pages format, which I can’t convert.
PLEASE HAVE THEM FINALIZE ANY CORRECTIONS AND EMAIL ME THEIR WRITING. Some of them still have some serious rewriting to do – they should know who they are! Email to email@example.com, please. I’ll be setting up their online publication over the next few weeks.
The kids are excited about the performance – as am I!