The Real Work Has Begun
They say that putting on a show takes a village; this notion is very true. Today’s rehearsal began with a poem called ONE. This poem answered the question of how many people does it take to make a difference? Posing this question to our actors allows them to explore how to step out of their own mindsets and explore bigger moments with their peers.
All of our actors came to rehearsal today ready to work! We love that. As many shows begin the rehearsal process, actors are expected to be present, mindful of their fellow actors and directors, and most of all retain all that is being given to them. This includes absorbing all of the blocking, choreography, memorization of lines, building your character arc, and so on. Being an actor takes courage, discipline, and strength. During today’s rehearsal, our actors dug right into their scripts, learned tricks on how to memorize faster, broke into smaller groups for scene work, learned choreography and songs, and started to block various numbers.
Being an actor takes work, so please make sure the time is taken to review their lines and blocking from this week. We would love actors to be off-book as soon as possible. Off-book means not needing their scripts anymore to recite their lines.
Pictures From This Week's Rehearsal
Ask your children to show you how they learned how to memorize their lines (they should mention the word “repetition” while doing so). Can they use this skill for some of their subjects at school?
Ask your budding actor what their character is like. What is their voice like? Are they silly, happy, sad, etc?
Try and see if your actor has created a story for his/her character (were they born on the swamp; in the castle? Which characters did they grow up with?).
We sang, we blocked, and we had fun doing it all!
After reviewing the scenes we blocked last rehearsal, we blocked and began memorizing half of Act 1. The day ended with a closing circle that included everyone saying something positive about someone else on the team. Bonds of trust and friendships are being formed. Hooray!
Musical Numbers Reviewed:
- "What’s Up Duloc?"
- "Duloc Reprise" with harmonies
Note to cast: memorize your lines and review the scenes blocked today!
Today’s rehearsal was jam-packed. We blocked "Story of My Life", "Big Bright Beautiful World", and worked on character development for the storybook characters. While blocking specific scenes, the rest of the ensemble broke up into smaller groups and reviewed lines and vocals.
Musical Numbers Reviewed:
- "Story of My Life"
- "Big Bright Beautiful World"
- "Duloc" (1 & 2)
- "I Know It's Today"
- "The Travel Song"
Note to cast: if we have blocked something please be off-book (memorized) for that material by next rehearsal!
Choreography for both Green Cast & Blue Cast
Both the Green and Blue Cast Duloc Dancers learned both parts of "What’s Up Duloc".
Note to the dancers: the Duloc Dancers are members of Lord Farquaad’s guard, so they need to remember to be very precise in their movement. The Duloc Dancers need to develop their character by asking themselves:
- Why am I part of the Duloc’s?
- Am I a loyal subject?
- Do I do it out of fear of Lord Farquaad?
- What is your motivation?
This song is introducing Lord Farquaad and needs to let the audience know that although he is small in stature, he rules the land. Clean, precise, almost military-like movement that is OVER THE TOP.
You can't dance too big! Great job this week!
Practice at home and use our ERL (Electronic Resource Library)
This week’s new songs and choreography videos are online! Please also keep listening to the CD, reading the script, and memorizing lines. Keep up the good work!
Rehearsal: Sunday, February 5
Everyone should arrive promptly at 1:30 pm and meet in Zale Auditorium. Pick-up will be at 5:30 in the lobby. Please remember to make sure everyone is camera-ready! We will be taking headshots on Sunday.
Actor's Bio – Due Wednesday, February 8
Thank you to those that have emailed me your actor’s bio. Awesome job! 75% percent of you have not. Please help me by making sure I receive them by Wednesday, February 8.
4 Reasons to Place an Ad In The SHREK Jr. Playbill
Deadline: Wednesday, February 8
- Great way to show your love and support for your child or friend
- Super opportunity for family and friends far and near who can't attend to send their good wishes
- Small or large businesses can promote their companies to over 1000 target audience members (mostly men & women 35 - 55 years old with children)
- All proceeds go back into our program so we can keep raising the bar in elevating our program as one the preeminent Youth Performing Arts Programs in DFW
As you all know, JPAS has grown leaps and bounds since it was established almost 4 years ago. We have amazing things coming down the pike and these opportunities REALLY make a difference! Please spread the word about SHREK JR. to friends and family. The more advertisements the better!
Exciting! Tickets Are Now On Sale Online – Buy Early and Save!
The process is super easy. Click the “purchase tickets” button above and purchase! Please begin to help spread the word to your friends and family! I am hoping to see a lot of Facebook posts about Shrek tickets. Let your inner marketer shine! Also, please check out the Shrek page for the proper show dates. There was an error on the handout at the parent meeting. Saturday, April 1 is an 8 pm show!
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Reminder About Healthy Snacks
Thank you to those who took our advice and provided healthy snacks. It continues to make difference. Please continue do your best to provide healthy snacks, low in sugar. Healthy, low-sugar snacks help to keep our performers engaged, focused, and on task. Actors will not be allowed to use the vending machines.
Performing Arts Camps At the J – Limited Space! Register Early to Save a Spot
Camp registration for all 2016 total members opened last Sunday and we already have children signed up for Camp StarQuest, Camp StarPower, and our Character Camp brought to you in partnership with A Class Act NY, an award-winning acting studio in NY, taught by a Broadway and TV professional. Please don’t wait! Register early to ensure your spot.
What You Need to Know
- Space is limited. Register early to save your spot.
- Sunday, February 5: Camp registration opens for all 2017 Total J Members
- Sunday, February 12: Camp registration opens for all non-members
- Our theater camps this year are going to be even better!
- At our performing arts camps, we make memories to last a lifetime.
- We miss all of our alumni campers terribly and can’t wait to meet our new campers!
- We can’t wait for summer to start that is after we put on an A.M.A.Z.I.N.G production of Shrek JR!
See everyone this Sunday!
All good wishes,