NSHS Theatre Performs Class Acts

a-class-act-landor-theatreSo we are doing it: we are doing an all-class show for our final this year! Inspired by my trip to the CA Thespian Festival, I figured it was time to do a show.

The show will work like this: we start with a theme. Once we have a theme, we select our opening company number. We’re gonna lip synch and move to this. “Move” means we are doing things that any overweight, out-of-shape, old theatre teacher can do. Bottom line: If I can do these moves, so too should my students!

We also need to select a closing number. This one we will only move to–no singing. Both songs will be choreographed by someone in the class–completely student-directed.

Brains on Fire

After I pitched the project, we needed to brainstorm some themes. We had to have a big discussion about what a theme was as opposed to genre, but once we got that definition sorted, we got some great ideas. I narrowed down the list to the following selections:

  • school
  • love
  • family
  •  endings/beginnings
  • respect
  • choices
  • struggle
  • believe in yourself
  • real life

 Winning Themes

We voted the next day and these were the winning ones. It was a delight to have so many groups choose love. This broad topic will allow all sorts of subtopics come alive onstage! [Think: What do I love to do? Don’t forget familial love or brotherly love or Valentines type love.]

  • 1st period: Struggle
  • 2nd period: Love
  • 3rd period: Love
  • 5th period: Real Life
  • 6th period: Love

Song Search

So what songs should we use for these themes? Tell us what songs & artists should go with your theme. We need a good, specific reason why we should consider your song[s]–so don’t be stingy with your logic or your words.

Also, once we select the song, no whining. Working actors don’t complain about singing particular songs; they are typically so glad to be cast in a show and being able to perform!

Finally, remember, we need two songs total for each Class Act and one needs to be old school.

 



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3 replies

  1. The theme for our period is “Love” and well love doesn’t always have a happy ending but it will be very cool to see how every one shows what the believe to be love. A couple of songs that I would suggest are “Let Me Love You” by Mario, “I Just Called To Say I Love You” by Stevie Wonder, and “I Can’t Stop Loving You” by Ray Charles.

  2. The theme for our period, which is “Love” is going to be extremely interesting. We all know love sucks one way or another especially for US high school kids. It is going to be a lot of fun watching the point of view on love incorporated in creativity to their performances!

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