So 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:
- believe in yourself
- real life
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
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.