I love my creative setting!

I’m in a school setting. So yes, I teach.

Whenever I’m not teaching, I write. But one of the things I love about being in a school setting is that I am given time-sensitive opportunities to write creatively, where my writing is immediately used and performed for audiences. The turnaround on feedback is amazing.

Example. Yesterday, someone at my school asked me if I might have an idea of a dramatic sketch which could be done for an Easter chapel which is coming up on March 25. I told him to give me a day or two to think about it, and I’ll see what I can do.

Well, it didn’t take a day (or two). Within  five minutes, I had an idea I already couldn’t shake. I jotted it down so I could come back to it later. Last night, I started working it up. This morning I added some more. Now, a little more than 24 hours after the request, I have a 2/3rd finished script, and I’ve already recruited the four actors I’ll need to pull it off.

Where else but in a school setting could I do this?

I’ll have the script finished in a day or two more, and then I’ll send it on to my actors. They’ll have 8-10 days to memorize it, we’ll meet a couple times to rehearse, and then they will perform live at on March 25.

It’s an amazingly fun and creative atmosphere I get to work in. I get to help others send out their desired messages through drama, I get to work with talented young actors who are eager to perform as much as possible, and I get to write. Creatively. According to my own wishes.

Very fun.

The play I’m writing is called “Dead is Dead.”

I can’t wait to see the finished product. Luckily, I won’t have to wait long.

Our Latest Readers’ Theatre

We had a ton of fun last night putting on our third annual readers’ theatre – this time our rendition of the famous 4077th in South Korea!

2015-03-23 16.03.09If you’ve never attended a Readers’ Theatre, it’s a fun and unique event. We like to go all out – unique staging (our stage was 40 feet long and 8 feet wide with seats on both sides of it) – relaxed atmosphere (the actors mingle in character with the audience before the show and at intermission) – full costumes and props – PLUS scripts in their hands. That’s the most unique part of a readers’ theatre – the actors don’t memorize the lines. They read them, but in character as best as possible.

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It may seem strange at first to have an actor walk around with a script. But actually, once the story gets rolling the audience doesn’t even realize it anymore. The flow is great and the script just becomes another tool in the hands of the actors.

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We had a wonderful time re-creating the wacky 4077th. The audience loved it and my theatre arts students got some great hands-on experience in producing a show. They directed, promoted, and produced the entire production with little feedback and input from me – whom I self-appointed as executive producer. (basically does nothing, just receives a check – which of course I never received).

I love the readers’ theatre format.  A relaxed and fun way to put on a show and get some great experiences.

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