We pulled it off! We did five shows in two days to real live audiences. All the classes did powerful work; each class had a different feel. One student asked, “Which one was the best, Rillingale?” It was no lie when I said, “Each one was different.” Second period was all about dancing. Third period was all about acting. First period used humor. Fifth period had strong opening and closing numbers. Sixth period had a rocking audience that clapped after every performance. We debriefed more on Tuesday than on Monday, but the consensus was that the show was a good experience and really served to showcase a year’s worth of work. That said, I know what I have to do differently next year, thanks to your suggestions:
- Start earlier. Like the end of second quarter. [I can’t start too early, or folks will drop the class!!]
- Have check-ins throughout the year.
- Have complete dress rehearsals so we aren’t just rehearsing cue to cue with lights and sound.
- Allow lip syncs. The jury’s still out on this, but I can see the merits.
While I always vow to put our performances on Youtube, I REALLY promise this time since we are wireless and can upload stuff quickly. By the time you seniors are snoozing on the way home from visiting the Mouse, our performances will be uploaded. I filmed everything on my iPhone 5s–still working on making things look good, sorry for the bad sound and maybe a few cut off heads. Remember, filming is for archival purposes only…
And a special thanks to Ms. Zenk and Ms. Medina who escorted their PE classes to be our audiences. We really appreciated having the energy of all your students in the house.
So what did I forget? What other suggestions do you have for next year’s Class Acts? If you have no suggestions, tell us what you liked about performing in it!