The Trojan War Is Over!

Drama Dragons family and friends…

For the last couple of weeks, Hally and her assistants worked like crazy to prepare for The Hysterical History of the Trojan War.  All of our tech rehearsals went well, and we discovered that we actually had more room on stage than we thought we would!  And we needed all the space we could get.

Last Friday, the day of the first show, we finished rehearsing in record time.  We had a two-hour gap in between our pizza party and the show itself.  Both of the performances went amazing, with only minor errors (as can be expected in all theatre productions).  The audience participation aspect was especially fun… lots of clapping and booing.  The video of the performances has been posted under the Performance Videos tab, for your enjoyment.  Here are a bunch of pictures from our second tech day:

Troy Is Just Around The Corner!

This week is Tech Week!  Last week, Hally and her assistants spent hours upon hours constructing the massive Trojan wall, in addition to the Spartans’ shields.  As of yesterday, we finished our first tech rehearsal, which consisted of a costume parade, a somewhat choppy run-through, and the organization/construction of the set.  Here are some pictures, for your enjoyment:

Sew and So

Hey-o!  After The Drama Dragons’ performances in May, I will be starting an on-the-side business for repairing clothes/costumes.  I find that nowadays, not enough people know how to mend, and instead, they end up throwing away or donating their damaged clothing.  Not anymore!  I’m calling this business “Sew and So.”  Please share the following advertisement with all your friends and family:

Have a tear in your pants?  I can help!  My name is Hally, and I can mend your expensive clothes. Need a pair of pants hemmed or a skirt? I can repair holes, reattach buttons, replace snaps, zippers, and fix pulls in sweaters; replace elastic (take it in or let it out); freshen up an old outfit; or build a new costume. I’ve worked in the theatre business as a costumer for almost 20 years. I offer reasonable rates, bulk discounts, at-home pick-up and delivery in Pierce and Thurston Counties. I work fast, so you can usually expect a one-week turnaround! 

If you’re interested in my services, please contact me at:

253-279-8268

or

Hallyswork@yahoo.com

Larceny and Old Lace

Kudos to the Covenant High School drama group on their most recent production, Larceny and Old Lace!  A few current students and I went to see it, and it was a blast!  It was a spin-off of the classic, Arsenic and Old Lace, based on the story of two elderly women who rob casinos, an eccentric uncle who thinks he’s a pirate, and a few suspicious cops.  Many former Dragons were involved in the show, either as actors or crew members.  Here’s a picture of the program, followed by one of the cast list, for reference:

Once again, good job CHS!

 – Hally Phillips

En Garde!

We had stage combat practice today, in preparation for the Trojan War. We also practiced sword-fighting with pencils, though pictures were not taken of that.  The pictures below showcase only the punching… we learned many more moves than that, including gut-punching, hair-pulling, foot-stomping, and face-slapping.

The Dates Are Set!

A couple weeks ago, we managed to secure the times, dates, and locations for our Spring performance, The Hysterical History of the Trojan War.  We will be performing at Puget Sound Christian Center, 4020 S. 56th St. Tacoma.  The dates/times are as follows:

Friday, May 4 at 7:00pm

Saturday, May 5 at 1:00pm

As of this past Friday, we have finished blocking the first half of the script!  Woohoo!  There have been some intense human/god interactions, chaotic/unfocused/offkey singing and dancing, and a lot of deep character development.  Here are some pictures and a video to showcase our work:

If you would like to preorder tickets for $5 ($7 at the door), please contact Hally Phillips at:

253-279-8268

thedramadragons@gmail.com

Well, we’ve had a few classes so far this year, and things have gone pretty well, if I do say so myself.  As you may already know, in late April (date TBD), we will be performing The Hysterical History of the Trojan War.  It’s a hilarious concept that mixes archaic Greek characters with modern humor, producing a highly entertaining, very physical,and audience-interactive play that I hope you will thoroughly enjoy.  During the casting process, we realized that we did not have enough students in the Drama Dragons class to account for all the characters.  So, the Stage Centaurs and the Gryffins have joined us!

For our auditions two weeks ago, we read sides (see the Glossary for a definition) to introduce the actors to the characters and the script.  After much intense deliberation, we cast the show.  Here’s the cast list:

Poseidon – Caleb

Cassander – Daniel

Helen – Lucy

Paris – Gabriel

Apollo – Seanán

Odysseus – John

Achilles – Nathan

Athena – Gillian

Hector – Emmalyssa

Zeus – Tyler

Guard – Elise

Hera – Juliana

Patroclus – Hannah

Ajax – Asher

Agamemnon – Gabrielle

Menelaus – Daniel

Homerita – Olivia

And not listed are the Homers (a fantastic musical group with a knack for harmony and no previous experience) and many soldier extras, both Trojan and Spartan.  We have a large cast this year, so it should be a lot of fun!  Hope to see you there!

Hally Phillips

Happy New Year, Dragon family!  I hope you all had a great break!  I don’t know about you, but I’m ready to get back into the drama spirit.

Last Friday was our first class of the year.  During this class, we discussed and eventually decided on our spring performance.  We will be doing “The Hysterical History of the Trojan War.”  It is a comedic, audience-interactive, and lots of fun!  However, there are over 20 characters in the play.  Sadly, we lost some Dragons over the break, so we’re looking for more actors.  We don’t want to have to double-cast everyone!  If you’re interested in maybe acting, or even if you’re not sure, contact Hally Phillips:

thedramadragons@gmail.com

253-279-8268

This Friday, we will be holding auditions, so contact Hally as soon as possible if you’re interested in being a part of the show.  Also, if you have any togas we could borrow, we would be most grateful.

Last but not least, the video of our friendly roast of Sienna from last year’s Christmas party is now up on YouTube.  Here’s the link, if you’re interested: https://youtu.be/Zhn2GWxCtjM.  Enjoy!