Sew and So

Hello!  Friends of The Drama Dragons,

Sew N So is open!  I am working 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.  

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!

Happy Holidays!

Happy holidays, everyone!  Our Drama Dragons and Stage Gryffins Christmas parties were a lot of fun.  Unfortunately, we didn’t get any pictures, but I’ll try to give you a detailed description of the events to help remedy that.

For the Stage Gryffins’ party, we began by reading a script.  The voices that the students used for their characters were very entertaining (i.e. overexuberance mixed with voice-cracking).  After we had finished, we had a snowball fight.  The students stood back-to-back, and on the count of three, stepped forward, turned around, and chucked jumbo marshmallows at each other.  During the next class, we were still finding marshmallows under the couches.  When the snowball fight was done, we took a break to munch on cookies, brownies, and other assorted snacks.  We then did our Secret Elf gift exchange.  Unfortunately, we didn’t have time to do anything else before the class was over.  All in all, everyone had a great time.

The Drama Dragons’ party started off with a semi-sweet activity.  This was our beloved Sienna’s last day with us, so we decided to roast her (for those of you who don’t know, “roasting” is basically using comedy to playfully insult somebody).  It was very official… we had an M.C., dramatic music, and an actual, real-life schedule.  That went off very well, and we made sure Sienna knew that most of us didn’t actual mean what we were saying.  We recorded it on video, so that might be posted on the YouTube channel sometime in the future.  We then ate a bunch of unhealthy food and did our Secret Elf gift exchange.

The first Friday we’ll be back is January 5th, where we’ll start reading scripts to prepare for our spring production.  Blessings to all my Dragons and Dragon Families.  Happy Holidays!  See you in 2018!

Hally Phillips

253-279-8268

thedramadragons@gmail.com

Buttons For Sale!

The Drama Dragons now have an official fundraiser… buttons!  As of right now, they’re $2 each.  More variations are coming soon, so get your original Drama Dragons pin now while supplies last!  Current variations include:  Drama Dragons Original, Vintage Black, and Stage Centaurs Special.  Contact Hally Phillips at thedramadragons@gmail.com or 253-279-8268 for more details!