Welcome to your first day of school! My name is Ms. Rillingale and I am your Theatre teacher, or will be after I return from surgery. Last week I was diagnosed with cancer again, <sigh> so I am gearing up for surgery on Friday. Assuming all goes well, I will return in approximately six weeks.
I am writing this letter to encourage you to stick around—don’t drop this class. Because here’s our plan for the year:
- making films [on our cell phones!]
- creating make-up designs
- building scale models [new this year!]
- hijacking sound designs [new this year!]
- hanging and focusing lights [new this year!]
- generating costume designs [don’t worry if you can’t draw]
- reading short contemporary plays
- acting and moving
- Probably not any singing, but definitely plan on lip synching.
This past summer I started work on another Masters Degree in Technical Theatre Design and Production. My first one is in directing. I love learning about theatre because theatre is all about doing stuff with other interesting people. Theatre artists collaborate to create an exciting production for an audience to enjoy.
So be nice to our sub—he’s a rock star in his own right—and will teach you about films and music and history as it pertains to theatre. Please be pleasant to one another, follow his instructions, and do the work.
BTW, all my students answer anonymous questionnaires and reviews of the class and most have enjoyed their experiences here in theatre.
And finally: Go see some theatre this fall. The Salinas area is rich in professional regional theatre at a decent price [especially if you’re a student!].
- Western Stage over at Hartnell College is doing West Side Story [think: modern day Romeo and Juliet with singing and dancing.]
- Pacific Repertory Theatre in Carmel is doing Shrek: the Musical.
- Ariel Theatrical in downtown Salinas is doing Anne of Green Gables.
Please save your ticket or your program and there will be some extra credit when I come back.
Wish me luck and see you soon!