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

Tickets For Sale!

Get your Beauty and the Beast tickets now!  Pre-ordered tickets are $5 each, and that’s cheaper than $7 at the door!  You can purchase tickets from me or from the actors themselves!

For those of you who don’t know yet (though you should know by now), the performances are on May 27th at 7:00pm and May 28th at 2:00pm.  It’s going to be held at Tacoma Youth Theatre, 924 Broadway, Tacoma, WA 98402.

Our cast is very excited to perform this show.  We’ve researched backstories, danced, practiced lines while playing dodgeball (that was interesting), and much more.  The actors have put a lot of work into this.  I hope you’ll come and cheer them on as they spin the tale of Beauty and the Beast!

Dancing!

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Last Friday, we had a great time preparing for the show.  Since a couple students were absent, we did things other than blocking.  Several actors were able to test out parts of their costumes, and I’m happy to say that my mental measurements were accurate!

In addition, we practiced dancing.  Although only a few of the students will actually be dancing in the show, everyone had to learn (that 20% dictatorship came in handy).  It was a great learning experience for everybody, and we had lots of fun.

Please put Beauty and the Beast on your calendars for May 27 at 7:00pm, or May 28 at 2:00pm.  Tickets are $5.00 at presale and $7.00 at the door.  It will be held at Tacoma Youth Theatre, 924 Broadway, Tacoma, WA 98402.  Hope to see you there!

– Hally Phillips

Beauty and the Beast is Coming Soon!

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Beauty and the Beast by the Drama Dragons:  May 27th at 7:00pm, and May 28th at 2:00pm.  Tacoma Youth Theatre, 924 Broadway, Tacoma, WA 98402.  Ticket prices will be $5.00 for pre-sale, and $7.00 at the door.  Put it on your calendars!  I hope to see you there!

As a teaser, here are the names of the cast:

Narrator 1: Gabriel

Narrator 2: Daniel

Prince Dante: Seanan

Beast: Tyler

Beauty Marcelli: Maggie

Merchant Ernesto Marcelli: Emmalyssa

Ida Marcelli: Haily

Marie Marcelli: Jessie

Phillipe Marcelli: Jacob

Giuseppe Marcelli:  Seanan

Witch:  Stephanie

Housemaid Juliette: Gabrielle

Captain Renzo/Chair: Caleb

Princess Valina/Looking Glass: Sienna

Princess Sherie/Clock: Julie

Bruno/Rug:  Cessalie

Bruno/Rug:  Jacob

Beauty and the Beast!

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As some of you may already know, the Drama Dragons’ performance this year will be Beauty and the Beast! It is not based on the Disney movie, though some of the characters are similar.

The play will be at the Tacoma Youth Theatre, 924 Broadway, Tacoma, WA 98402. There will be two performances: May 27th, 7:00pm, and May 28th, 2:00pm. The ticket price is still to be determined.

I hope to see you there!

– Hally Phillips