New Class!

Happy New Year, Drama Dragon Family!

It’s been a while since you heard from us, and we apologize about that.  Things have been rough, and we had to postpone the start of classes for a while simply because the cost to hold them was greater than the tuition we received from a very small amount of students.

But now, we’re starting a new class!  Its official title is currently TBD, but the focus of this class will be performing comedy improv!  We’ve done a lot of improv with this class, and the students have really improved since last Fall.  This time, however, we are going to train them up to perform a full-on improv show!  The details of that show are also TBD (because the class hasn’t even started yet), but it’s going to be a lot of fun!

When considering whether or not your student should join this class, keep in mind that this is generally an older, more experienced class, because improv can often be difficult.  Students will be required to think and react on-the-spot, play games they are unfamiliar with, listen to criticism and adjust their performances accordingly, and to accept that failure is a part of learning (even the most experienced players fail!).  Improv is loads of fun, but it is also hard work.  However, if you think your student is up for the challenge, they are welcome to come play with us, regardless of their age!  The experience level of our current roster ranges from 7+ years to none at all.

As of right now, the class will be held every other Monday (though it might become every Monday, depending on how the students feel about that), from 4:30-6:30pm in Parkland (ask Tyler Appleby for the address).  Tuition will be $20 a month per student.  If you are interested in joining the class or even just checking us out (a student’s first class is always free!), please contact Tyler at:

onceadragonalwaysadragon@gmail.com

253-620-0065

 

Hope to see you there!

Your friendly, neighborhood Drama Dragons Leadership Team

Drama Dragons New Classes

Hello, my wonderful Dragon Family!  I hope you’re all having a great December and holiday season.

As we are nearing the end of the year, we are working on figuring out how classes will work in 2022.

If you are new or unfamiliar with the Drama Dragons and what we do, here’s a recap of the fun we had in each of our classes this Fall:

In the early class, we played lots of fun, theatre-centered games like “Zip, Zap, Zop” and “Emotional Taxi,” involving some silly improv and physicality.  We learned the difference between “acting” and “pretending,” and we discovered how to build characters into a real people who are different than ourselves.  Near the end of the semester, we practiced our acting with a short script based on the nursery rhyme, “Three Blind Mice.”

In the later class, we spent the first half of our time honing our improv skills with fun games and learning about comedy tenets such as the “Rule of 3” and “CROW” (Character, Relationship, Objective, Where), in order to perform more successful and engaging improvised scenes.  In the second half, we studied how to give a successful audition and practiced with both serious and funny monologues of our choosing, in order to prepare for entering into the real world of theatre.

If this sounds fun or interesting to you, don’t hesitate to reach out to us!  We’re always looking for new friends to come play with us!  If you feel like money is a problem for you, please have a conversation with us; we would always rather have a student play than not!

As of right now, tuition is $75 a month, though that might change, depending on our situation in the new year.  Classes and times are currently TBD.  Since you all are the turning gears that make this beast run, we would like to hear what you have to say about the logistics (times and days), so we can best accommodate your needs.  Here’s a short survey to try to give us an idea of what we have to work with:  Drama Dragons 2022 Survey.

If you have any questions for our leadership team, you can either let us know in this survey, or feel free to contact us at:

 

Hally Phillips (Manager, Instructor)

253-279-8268

thedramadragons@gmail.com

 

Tyler Appleby (Director, Writer, Instructor)

253-620-0065

onceadragonalwaysadragon@gmail.com

 

Some pictures from this past session:

 

And a couple of memorable quotes from our improv scenes:

“But you cannot run away from him!  He is so soft!” – Bethany

“‘I have a cranberry farm’… I don’t freaking care, Gerald!” – Jacob

Pantomime, Monologues, and Improv, Oh My!

As you may know, Drama Dragons classes have been going strong since the beginning of September!

We have two classes running currently, both on Thursday.  The first starts at 3:00pm, and in this class, we’ve been discussing what it means to be an actor and exploring a variety of theatrical techniques such as pantomime, enunciation, and characterization.

In the later class, starting at 6:30pm, we’ve split the class into two sections.  During the first half, we spend time playing improv games and strengthening our improv and teamwork.  For the second half, the students have each selected a monologue to practice and present to the class, as if they were auditioning for a role in a real show.  The goal of this monologue/audition workshop is to prepare our older students to step into the world of “real theatre,” where getting cast in shows hinges upon those 60 seconds in front of the audition panel.  At the end of the semester, they will get the opportunity to present one of two monologues before a faux panel, to practice auditioning for a “real show.”

We’ve been posting lots of pictures on our Instagram (@dramadragonsoffical) and Facebook (facebook.com/groups/dramadragons), so go check those out, too!

If you or your child is interested in joining the Drama Dragons or even just checking us out for one class period (your first class is always free!), please contact:

Hally Phillips

253-279-8268

thedramadragons@gmail.com

or

Tyler Appleby

253-620-0065

onceadragonalwaysadragon@gmail.com

We’re Back

What is that I see on the horizon?

Is it a bird?

Is it a plane?

No!

IT’S A NEW YEAR OF DRAMA DRAGONS CLASSES!!!!

That’s right, everyone.  The Drama Dragons are officially back in business.  Starting within the first couple weeks of September, we will have two classes running weekly, one for older, more experienced students, and one for younger, new students.  Both classes will be held at Crescent Moon Gifts, 6901 6th Ave, Tacoma, WA 98406.  For the details about each individual class, see below:

The class for younger/new students is on Thursday from 3:00pm-5:00pm.  The first class will be held on September 16th.

The class for older/more experienced students (officially dubbed “Night Dragons”) is on Thursday from 6:30pm-9:00pm.  The first class will be held on September 9th.

Tuition for both classes is the same.  There will be a one-time $50 supply fee at the beginning of the semester, in order to cover the costs of any resources we use during the session.  In addition, there will be a monthly fee of $75 per student.

If money is an issue for you, please contact either Hally or Tyler!  We offer scholarships and sibling discounts, and we are always willing to work something out with you.  We would rather have a student play with us than not!

If you have questions of any kind, please don’t hesitate to reach out.  We hope to see you all soon!

 – Hally and Tyler

Interest Form

Hello, Dragon Family!

In making preparations for this next school year, we are trying to gauge the interest of students and families, in addition to spreading the word about our program.  We would like to have our classes be on the best possible days and times for your schedules, so if you’re interested in joining us for the Fall semester (or even if you’re just curious about what we do), please fill out this form and let us know a bit about yourself!

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfwnYkF10Bn0jwIzaGF5eCNlSS6AnhFfGeREfJXvub0pLMQ_A/viewform?usp=sf_link

Thanks for being amazing, and we hope you have a great rest of your Summer!

Return of the Dragon

Alright, Dragon Family.  It’s been a long time since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, when we cancelled our Spring show.  At that point in time, we hoped that the Dragons would come back together in the Fall, ready to plunge right back into the world of theatre.  Little did we know that this wouldn’t even be a possibility for a long, long time.

Until now.

O Glorious Drama Dragons, I bring to you the news you’ve all been waiting for (drumroll please)…

THE DRAMA DRAGONS ARE COMING BACK!

This September, we will be meeting once again for our long-awaited first Fall semester since the beginning of the pandemic.  Currently, the curriculum, location, and time frame are TBD, but our team is working hard on getting those questions answered in order to bring you one of the best years of Drama Dragons yet!

For now, keep checking our social media and website for updates as we draw closer.  We’re so excited to see you all, both old and new Dragons, and we hope you’re just as excited to dive back into theatre with us, come September.

See you soon!

P.S.  Go join our Facebook group, and follow our new Instagram, “dramadragonsofficial.”

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas, Drama Dragons family!

We hope you are all having a wonderful (safe) holiday this Christmas.  Unfortunately, we haven’t been able to meet at all this semester due to the COVID-19 restrictions.  Our plan for this next year is currently quite vague; we are relying solely on updates from the authorities, hoping that there will soon come a time when we are able to hold classes again.  Do not fret!  As soon as we know something about this next year of Drama Dragons, you will be the first to know.

For now, though, if you would like to reminisce with us about what the Drama Dragons were doing this time last year, here are links to both parts of our Christmas program last December, where we performed a dramatic reading of Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol”:

 

Summer Dragons 2020

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:

A Christmas Carol

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