In a way, beginning a club this year was a bit challenging. Not only is it a commitment to to a teacher who also has to keep up with her grading, lesson planning, and curriculum development for the regular day; it takes a lot of time to think, design, direct the club. But for those of us who enjoy such things, having an overfull plate is welcomed! Aside from my end of things, beginning the club had its challenges with our school body as well.
Our community is not an "artsy" one; and therefore what little exposure they have to theater is mainly at the high school. The teacher there is amazing and having had the chance to work with him this past fall, I began looking for ways to help better his program. This lead to the founding and development of a club at our middle school. Here, students were unfamiliar with theater in general, so it has been a lot of ground work to set up. Now if they can only understand not to turn their backs towards the audience during their blocking!
In all, I'm truly blessed. My students are pushing themselves to do well at the moment, and there are even some who have taken it upon themselves to find time during the school day to work together on lines and movement.... be it coming to campus before school, or getting together during their recesses. I know that this club is possible because of the parents I have who are involved in whatever way they can help.
Shout-out's to Mrs. Tevault (my assistant and right arm), Mrs. Miller-Santacroce (costume design), Mrs. Bates and Mrs. Phelps (my concession managers and cooks). Without you all going above/beyond I could not do the things that I do.
Thank you so much!
Let's break a leg this year. :)