Hello, Drama Dragon family!
In the midst of the COVID-19 virus, we have been struggling to find a way to hold Drama Dragons classes this Fall while still maintaining the required safety precautions. As a result, it is with great sadness that I inform you that we will be suspending the Drama Dragons’ fall semester for the time being. With Pierce County still in Phase 2, we have been unable to secure a class location, which makes it very hard for us to safely meet as a class.
Stay safe and healthy, Dragons, and we hope to see you soon!
While it may have seemed like a bleak prospect at the start, this year’s Summer Dragons camp was fantastic! Since we were unable to put on a show for the campground due to the pandemic, we decided to do things a bit differently. In lieu of a production, we participated in workshops in several areas of theatre, including playwriting, acting, directing, and stage combat. Each of the students was able to write their own short scene, and a few of those scenes, after some revision, were directed by other students for a small final performance in the campground. The students were also able to work together to choreograph original fight scenes that ranged from violent sibling rivalries to scenes from classic literature. You can find a video of one of these fight scenes linked on our “Performance Videos” page. Below are some pictures of this year’s Summer Dragons:
April 2020, I can only imagine your frustration is as high as mine. With the governor closing all schools for the remainder of the school year, I am not sure what is instore for the Drama Dragons. I promise to keep you all updated as to when we can get together again but for now we have to remain closed.
Please feel free to contact me via email, text or phone call, to ask a question, make a comment or just to say hello. I miss every one of you each week there are no classes,
For the past five weeks, the Drama Dragons have been working hard on a unique Christmas production. Instead of doing an actual show, we decided to present a radio-play-style reading of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.” The students were able to practice vocal acting, using dialects, and foley work. For those of you who don’t know, “foley work” is the process of creating sound effects live. We had all sorts of fun with coconuts for the clopping of horse hooves, jingling chains for the Ghost of Marley, and our best replication of Big Ben.
Today, we presented our radio play to the residents at a local retirement community. All of the Dragons, old and new, did an incredible job performing this different style of show than we have produced before. Here is our cast picture:
From right to left: Hally, Kyndriana, Bethany, Gabriel, Nina, Emmalyssa, Seanan, Jillian, Caleb, Katryna, Jacob, Juliana, John, Gabrielle, and Tom (our wonderful pianist).
A video of the reading will be posted in the Performance Videos section of the website soon, so stay tuned for that!
Happy Holidays, Drama Dragons family, and we’ll see you next year!
– Hally Phillips
Our annual costume party this past week was a blast! The theme this time was to come as a “Play on Words,” and each of the characters had to have a good backstory to accompany them. We spent our party eating some great food and playing games, including One-Sentence Story, in which a friendly shark may or may not have become good friends with the villain Julio and joined him in his pursuit of the beautiful Esmerelda and her lover, a swimming pool diver. Here is our cast picture:
From left to right, we have: The Cat Who Stole the Show, Nose-Picker, Copy Cat, Not-see, Blessing in Disguise, Trash, Brain Storm, Spelling Bee, Zom-Bee*, and Holy Cow*.
*Not present in the photo
Summer Dragons 2019 went great! We had a lot of fun, and although there were a few production setbacks, we managed to pull through and pull off an amazing show. The cast did very well, and if you would like to see some pictures of the different scenes in the show, go to the Photo Gallery page in the left-hand sidebar. In addition, the performance videos for the show are now available for viewing! Just visit our Performance Videos page! Finally, here’s a cast picture, for your enjoyment:
As for what’s next in the Drama Dragons, Fall classes are still TBD, regarding date, time, and location. Night Dragons will continue as well, for the older and more experienced Dragons. Also, we are considering starting an additional class in Gig Harbor for students who live further away from our normal meeting place. Contact Hally Phillips for more information.
One of the Drama Dragons’ favorite times of the year is finally here! This year’s Summer Dragons will be putting on an original show to celebrate the 50th anniversary of our host, Thousand Trails Chehalis. Similar to last year, we handed out scripts at our pre-camp meeting. However, the actors did not get to know their characters until the first day of camp, emphasizing the “play-in-a-week” concept. Also, Hally will be taking a step back and allowing our very own Tyler Appleby (the playwright) to direct the play. Here’s a little teaser of Camp Kilamalla, Chehalis:
“Camp Kilamalla, Chehalis… July, 2019. It’s the camp’s fiftieth anniversary. The staff are all here, providing for the campers’ needs and making sure the week runs smoothly. The Drama Dragons are here, preparing for a show at the end of the week. The Scouts are here, on their annual summer camping trip. Everyone’s here, having fun at camp.
But they aren’t the only ones here.
When the camp staff discover a mysterious lock of hair floating in the swimming pool, suspicion arises. Could there be a dangerous creature in the campground that they didn’t know about? Have they unintentionally put the lives of the campers at stake? Is this creature… Bigfoot?”
Come and find out for yourself on July 19 and 20, at 7:30pm. It’s going to be great fun, and we hope to see you there!
For more information, contact Hally Phillips at:
This past weekend, I attended David Kvamme’s wedding. He was one of my original Dragons from 2005. While I was there, I saw many of my other old Dragons from my original class, and we all took a couple pictures together. It was really fun to see all their familiar faces again.