Christmas Party

The Drama Dragons Christmas party went great!  We started off by playing a fun game that challenged our direction-giving skills.  Two people sat back-to-back, and one person had to describe a picture while the other person drew it.  It was quite entertaining to see some of the results.  We listened to Jacob theatrically read a twisted Christmas story called “Santa’s Twin.”  When everyone had arrived, we ate potluck junk food and did a Secret Elf gift exchange.  Below are some pictures of the events.

 

The Banquet

 

Styling The Sunglasses

 

Reading The Story

 

Secret Elf Gift Exchange

Secret Elf Gift Exchange

 

The Drawing Game

 

Stage Centaurs

We had a lot of fun at our Centaurs Christmas party!  We played Christmas music while creating snowglobes out of foam snowmen, markers, and plates, then we had Mr. Bond come and read the story “A Cajun Christmas” in a Cajun accent. After the story, we exchanged presents in our white elephant. Hally brought beautiful ornaments for everybody. Finally, we ate snacks and desserts while exchanging Christmas jokes. It was a good time, and we look forward to seeing our Centaurs in class in January.

We wish you a Merry Christmas and a happy New Year!  See you in 2017!

 

Upcoming Performances

Hello and Merry Christmas!  I know… it’s a bit early, but hey… we have to get in the mood somehow.

Anyway, the Drama Dragons have been working on blocking the two student-written scenes from our scene-writing unit that were chosen several weeks ago, and we are currently preparing for an unofficial performance in front of the rest of the class, so we can decide on a pre-show for Spring’s play.

On another note, several of the students are in other performances during this season.  If any of you Drama Dragons fans are interested, feel free to show up at any of these performances (some have costs and some don’t, so be forewarned).

Christmas Play – Puget Sound Christian Center, 4020 S. 56th St. Tacoma, WA – Dec. 10 @ 6:00pm, Dec. 11 @ 10:00am & 11:35am.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Tacoma Youth Theatre, 924 Broadway, Tacoma, WA – Dec. 16, 17, 18 @ 7:00pm.

The Real Story of the Nutcracker – Morgan Family YMCA, 1002 S Pearl St, Tacoma, WA – Dec. 17 @ 5:00pm.
 
 Christmas Play – Faith Presbyterian Church, 620 South Shirley Street, Tacoma, WA – Dec. 18 @ 7:00pm.
 
Beauty and the Beast – Tacoma Musical Playhouse, 7116 6th Ave, Tacoma, WA – Dec. 30 @ 6:00pm.
 
We’d love to see you there!

The Directing Has Begun

For the Drama Dragons’ scene-writing session, they were asked to write a short, believable script (only one scene).  After they were finished writing, we read each student’s script.  We went through a wide range of plot lines, eventually deciding on two to produce… Juliana’s and Emmalyssa’s.  This last Friday, these two directors chose their casts. Here are some pictures of this most recent Drama Dragons class:

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The “Bunny” Incident

 

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Reading The Scripts

 

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Reading The Scripts

Crazy Monster Parties!

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The Drama Dragons had a great time this Friday at our Crazy Monster party!  Everyone was supposed to bring a monster (either themselves or a physical stand-in), along with a name, a backstory, an oddity, a special ability, and a fear/weakness.  Each student presented their “Crazy Monster” to the class, along with the according details.  The characters varied greatly, from a “Bad Day” to a hairball to an albino platypus.  We had a great time hanging out, eating food, and playing games.  We did videotape parts of it, although we didn’t have a camera to take pictures.  Here’s a link to the video of their character presentations:

Drama Dragons Crazy Monster Party

 

Stage Centaurs

The Stage Centaurs party last Thursday was great!  First, we played games until all the parents arrived, followed by our presentation of our characters to the parents and other centaurs.  We then ate food and played more games. We played Night at the Museum, Celebrity, Candyman, the Miglet Game, and the Rhythm Game.  Here are some pictures with descriptions of the students’ characters.

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Theresa:  Tumnus, a  curious mountain goat who can talk and jump really far.

 

 

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Savannah:  Jimmy Jolly Joe, a stubborn leaf who refuses to fall in the winter.

 

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Thyme:  Robette, a robot princess who was an orphan but found her family and lived happily ever after.

 

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Christina:  An American flag named Stars, who hung on a small flagpole over his friend, Washington. He was jealous of bigger, more visible flags, but learned that he was just as important.

 

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Lavender:  Sarah, a little girl who lives alone in the woods with her pet goats, chases off mean wolves, and works at a flower shop.

 

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Gillian:  Ella, an orphan girl living in New York in the early 1900s. Her parents died in a train accident, but she found a new life with a nice family.

 

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Emma:  Natasha the Ninja Cat, who has many adventures with her friend Ginger the Dog.

 

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And finally, a class picture.

New Performance Videos!

There have been a few recent additions to the Performance Videos tab.  Some old Drama Dragons and Summer Dragons shows are now available for viewing through the links on the Performance Videos tab.  The videos listed range from 2008 to 2011.  If you are an old Drama Dragon, check these out!  You might see yourself in one of the videos.  The new additions include:  A Midsummer Night’s Dream, A Christmas Carol, Alice in Wonderland, Much Ado About Nothing, Snow White, The Count of Monte Cristo, and A Tale of Robin Hood.

It Has Begun

All Drama Dragons classes have officially started!  However, if your child is still interested in joining, DD_withText_042015open enrollment continues through the end of September.  You can show up at any of our September classes and join in to give it a try, the first class they attend is free of charge.

The Drama Dragons classes (ages 8-17) are held at Faith Presbyterian Church, 620 South Shirley St. Tacoma, WA 98465 in room 117 on the lower level from 1:00pm to 3:00pm.

Stage Centaurs classes (ages 8+) are held at the Scriptorium on the farm, 12305 Olalla Valley Road, Olalla, 98359 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm.

Stage Gryffins classes (ages 8+) are held at the Puyallup Baptist Community Church, 1318 9th Ave SW Puyallup, WA 98371 from 10:00am to 12:00pm.

For more information about fees and other concerns you may have, please contact Hally Phillips as soon as possible.

Hally Phillips
253-279-8268
thedramadragons@gmail.com
thedramadragons.com
facebook.com/groups/dramadragons

It’s That Time Of Year!

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Drama Dragons starts its next session on September 9th. We will be kicking off the class of 2016/17.  The information about tuition and fees is listed below.  However, if you are new and aren’t sure whether or not your child will want to be a part of the Drama Dragons, you may attend their first class free of charge during all of September.

General Information:  There is a one-time supply fee of $35 for this session, and I will provide all other needed materials.  Weekly cost is $10 per student per class, so in September, there will be three weeks of classes equaling $30 per student.  The tuition is due at the beginning of the month.  You can pay by check, cash, and credit card for a 5% fee.  However, I do offer scholarships and other payment options, and I am willing to work with you to have your child participate.  I want all kids to have the opportunity to explore the wonderful realm of theatre.  Drama Dragons T-shirts will also be available for sale.  They come in many fun colors.  Be a part of the Drama Dragons family!

All age ranges are set as guidelines.  There are always exceptions.  I am willing to approve a student’s placement outside these guidelines based on ability and subject matter of the particular class.  Reading fluency is not required, under the condition that the student will be given extra help at home to remember lines and blocking.  Please feel free to ask me questions, discuss concerns, and make suggestions.  This program has been evolving for over ten years, but I can best improve the experience for your child with your help.  The skills, strategies, and personal growth will give each student a strong foundation for life.

Eligibility Requirements:  This class is for students 8 years of age and older, typically up to 17 or seniors in high school.  The first few weeks of this session will be review of terminology, acting techniques, and an introduction to scene writing, before we begin play selection for the rest of the program.  On Friday, September 9, 2016, the Drama Dragons will officially begin at 1 PM at Faith Presbyterian Church, 620 South Shirley St. Tacoma, WA 98465 in room 117 on the lower level.  Please have students bring excitement, a water bottle, and a healthy snack, as needed.  Enter through the courtyard door located on the West side of the building.  Class lets out at 3 PM.  Please contact me beforehand if you will be picking your children up late.

As a side note, new students are required to fill out liability paperwork that you will receive at your first class.  For returning Dragons, the paperwork must be updated.

Please contact me if you have any questions!

Hally Phillips
253-279-8268
thedramadragons@gmail.com
thedramadragons.com
facebook.com/groups/dramadragons

Summer Dragons Recap

Summer Dragons was a blast!  Eight days of intensive practice, and we managed to pull off Treasure Trek:  The New Adventures of Jim Hawkins.  We read the script for the first time and auditioned on last Saturday evening.  On Sunday, we learned the basics of stage combat with cutlasses, dirks, and other assorted weapons.  Monday through Thursday, from 10:00am – 2:00pm, we memorized lines and blocking.  The cast’s enthusiasm and work ethic was excellent… we managed to finish blocking on Wednesday, which could be a record.  We spent the majority of time on Thursday building the final fight scene (every play needs one).  After two dress rehearsals on Friday, we performed.

The first show was good, but some things were a bit choppy, as could be expected.  On Saturday, the cast ran over their lines and encouraged each other, followed by a stunning final performance.  The audience was very interactive, and all the actors did a very good job.

Here is our cast photo before our first performance:

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Summer Dragons Production

We are currently in Chehalis for the Summer Dragons camp!  We have been preparing for our upcoming performance, Treasure Trek:  The New Adventures of Jim Hawkins, and we just finished blocking today!  We hope to see you this weekend at the show.  In order to recap, here’s one of our recent posts about this upcoming production:

For those of you who don’t know, the Summer Dragons is a weeklong, overnight camp.  We camp for nine days, and during that time, we memorize lines, practice blocking, and learn fight sequences for a performance at the end of the week.  This year is the first time we will do a daily stage combat demonstration, leading up to a performance.  The campers are responsible for all camp duties, including cooking, cleanup, and maintenance with adult supervision, along with preparing and putting together the show in five days.

As in previous camps, I write an original twisted script, which is a mash-up of various stories (i.e. books, movies, TV shows, etc.).  This year, we will be performing Treasure Trek:  The New Adventures of Jim Hawkins.  I’ll let you figure that one out yourself.  The shows will be on Friday, July 22 at 7:00pm, and Saturday, July 23 at 7:00pm.  We will be performing at Thousand Trails campground in Chehalis in their family lodge.  Just follow the signs.

If you’re interested in seeing more exhibitions of our students’ acting abilities and other instances of our strange senses of humor, please come!  We’d love to see you there!

– Hally Phillips