A Lot of Drama Accomplishments, 2015-2016

When I started teaching drama at our school, my goal was to expand offerings, get more students involved in a variety of different settings. Looking back on what we’ve accomplished, I think we met our goal and then some. Here’s a brief look at our year.

Our Drama Department 2015-2016

  • September – 6 short original plays – 11 actors
  • November – “Wedding Belles” – 5 actors (my colleagues production)
  • December – “Tales of Wonder: A RLT Christmas” – 4 shows – 11 actors – 10 short plays
  • February – 6 short original plays at our MEW meetings – 14 actors
  • March – “The Pink Panther” Readers Theatre – 15 actors
  • May – “The Secrets of the Magic Pool” – 16 actors
  • May – “Drama & Dance Showcase” – short famous scenes, dance routine, plus a one-act, original play – 9 actors and performers

Totaling that equals to this:

  • 4 full-length productions
  • 15 other short plays in various settings
  • over 80 roles cast (of course, some played by the same actor)

This does not include participation in the Short & Sweet Theatre Festival Penang – not a school event – but we had several students get involve in the fun and win a bunch of awards. This also doesn’t include our students drama performances at the SEA Forensics competition.

I’m really proud of what we have accomplished this year. Over 80 opportunities for students to put themselves on the line and step into the spotlight.

They were fantastic! We have the best drama students anywhere!

Can’t wait to see what next year will bring!

What a pretentious paragraph of copyright gobbledygook

A while back, I attended a high school drama performance, and the following statement was printed in the program:

“The videotaping or making of electronic or other audio and/or visual recordings of this production or distributing recordings on any medium, including the internet, is strictly prohibited, a violation of the author’s rights, and actionable under United States copyright law. For more information, please visit: http://www.samuelfrench.com/whitepaper.”

Really? Come on now. Stop being ridiculous.

So if someone gets out their iPhone and captures a short clip of their daughter entering onto stage during the show then they have broken copyright?

I’m a creative writer. I understand why copyright is so important, but sometimes the language of law makes no sense – especially when taking into the account the venue and circumstance.

That a parent can’t video their child in a low-key (even non-paying) production then there’s a problem with copyright overkill.

When a school can’t videotape their productions to show off their talent or use in a drama class, then there’s a copyright overkill.

Such occurrences might even raise awareness of an author’s work. Let schools use it! Let parents use it!

I love recording the plays I produce, and so do the kids and parents. Loosen up a little, Samuel French.

Our Photoshoot: “A Tad of Trouble”

We had our drama photo-shoot a couple days ago, graciously done by the talented Matt Brandon. A huge thanks to Matt for his time and generosity for doing these. Please check out Matt’s website¬†The Digital Trekker.

I’ll post a few of the photos here to help us all visualize the story of “A Tad of Trouble.”

Tad is a rascal. And he’s mute.



He causes all kinds of trouble with his parents. His father has had enough. June, his mother tries to keep the peace.



Tad’s father sends Tad off with a traveling salesman named Obediah so he will grow out of his shenanigans. However, it turns out that Obediah is a crook, and he uses Tad as part of his criminal activities. Here they are selling a set of faulty knives to Mrs. Todd.

dalat.04.22.15-17.10.27-EditThe clever Obediah has been giving Marshal McKinley and his tomboy Niece, Temperance, the slip for years.



When Tad’s mother, June, is informed by the Marshal that Tad is working with the crooked Obediah, she knows there’s only one thing to do: pray!



This brings together Olivia, Tad’s guardian angel, and Zander, the cynical guardian angel of Obediah. Olivia has one simple proposition for Tad: she will give the mute boy the gift of song if he is willing to right the wrongs.



Will he take their advice? “A Tad of Trouble: A Musical.” Only at the Penang Performing Arts Centre in May 2015.