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
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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
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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

Treasure Trek: The New Adventures of Jim Hawkins

Hello all!  After resting for a few days following the conclusion of Beauty and the Beast, I began work on our summer program.

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

And That’s A Wrap!

Beauty and the Beast is finally over!  We spent five hours on Wednesday and five hours on Thursday preparing for the show, making sound cues and light cues, and finishing up some last minute loose ends.  Despite some (ahem) backstage talking, our tech days went fairly well.

On Friday, the actors did a great job, considering we were only able to do one and a half full run-throughs.  There were some bumps and bruises, but the students recovered.  Unfortunately, one of our actors broke his arm on Wednesday, so he was not able to perform in the show on Friday.  At a moment’s notice, another actor I’ve worked with before was willing to step in and take over the role.  He did a very good job, since he only had four hours to know his lines and blocking.

The show on Saturday went much better.  After making a mistake once, it is unlikely for one to make it again.  I’d like to thank everyone who helped with the behind-the-scenes stuff and those who helped with the in-front-of-the-scenes stuff.  With much teamwork and last-minute organizing, we were able to pull off a great show!

Here’s a picture of the cast:

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Only Two More Days!

Well, folks… I hope you’ve bought your tickets!  Beauty and the Beast is in only two more days!  Our first tech rehearsal was today, and we managed to get through a lot.  The sound and music is amazing, and the actors are drilling the blocking and lines into their heads.  We hope you come to support them!

It’s not too late to get your tickets!  Just contact me at thedramadragons@gmail.com or 253-279-8268.  I can get you pre-purchased tickets, but if you prefer to buy them at the door (which is $7 instead of $5) then go ahead!  The play will be held on May 27th at 7:00pm and May 28th at 2:00pm.  It is located at Tacoma Youth Theatre, 924 Broadway, Tacoma, Wa 98402.

To commemorate this momentous occasion, I present a parody of the Gilligan’s Island theme song, written by one of my students, on the theme of Beauty and the Beast!

Just sit right back and you’ll hear a tale
A tale of a fateful day
That the Drama Dragons will perform
In the last weekend of May

With memorizing and blocking,
The time went by too fast
So we had to extend our hours to
A three hour class; a three hour class

There are magic spells and mysteries
And living household things
And the housekeeper’s the only one
To elude the magic’s cling; the magical cling

So hearken now to a marv’lous tale
A tale that is about
The Marcellis, the Beast or Prince
The princesses, and servants
Captain Renzo
And the rest
In Beauty and the Beast