Perfectly Pinkalicious, by Renee McMahon

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   Too many pink cupcakes will turn you pink!  But that’s okay at our Pinkalicious Party, where pink is perfect!  SCT will be celebrating with Pinkalicious and all her friends on Saturday, April 5th, following the 3pm performance of Pinkalicious the Musical.  Preparing for this special event has been a blast and has taken me back to a time when my own girls were pink-obsessed.  At this moment, my den is an explosion of pink.  I have gathered yards and yards of pink tulle, searched high and low for the perfect pink crafts, and discovered just how many foods can be dipped in “pink” white chocolate!

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Pinkalicious Marshmallows! YUM!

   Make sure to have your cameras ready as little party-goers learn The Cupcake Dance from members of the cast.  Then join them for cupcake decorating, snacks and lemonade, pink of course!  Children and parents may visit our many activity stations, including the Pink Beauty Parlor, the Candy Bar, The Wand & Crown Factory and more.  They will also have the opportunity to have their picture taken with the star of the show, Pinkalicious herself!

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Pretty in Pink Necklaces!

   Not dressed in pink?  No worries!  Little ones can borrow items from the costume dress-up trunk for photos.   If you have attended our character parties in the past, you know what special memories they can be.  Of course, after all the pink treats, you may just come down with a case of the dreaded Pinkitis.  No need to fear, for Dr. Wink will be on hand with a table full of green food, which we all know is the only cure!

Broccoli, Asparagus, and Spinach, oh my!

Broccoli, Asparagus, and Spinach, oh my!

   Now, if you will excuse me, I need to go finish the pink-chocolate-dipped topiary center pieces!  (Man, my job is fun!)  We look forward to seeing you on Saturday, but if you can’t make the party we hope you’ll come out to one of our other 5 performances.  Tutus optional.

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4 Things YOU Can Do to Help Your Child Succeed in Theatre, by Christopher Blair

     As a teacher at The Savannah Children’s Theatre, I often get asked by parents how they can help their child to be a better performer.  (Most of these questions are about how to improve their child’s abilities so they can get better roles, but that’s a blog post for another day!)   What I want to share today is how to help your children once they are already cast so that you can help them build good work habits.  It’s never too early to start making a good name for yourself! 

1)  Make sure your child always brings his or her script and a pencil to EVERY rehearsal

     You can’t study geography without a map.  You can’t build a house without a hammer.  You can’t rehearse a play without a script!  The script is the textbook, the raw material, and the pencil is the tool.  They allow your child to record their blocking, choreography and character notes in one place.   It’s not like homework; it doesn’t get turned in and graded.  The scribbles and notes only need to make sense to the child writing them.  This practice is a great way for a child to make the production personal to them, recording their unique journey through the play.  This will solidify what they are learning and help them get off-book at a much faster pace.

2) Be a line buddy

     I have never been good at sitting down alone with a script and memorizing lines.  Acting is usually an interactive process with me.  I need someone else there to read the other character’s lines so it becomes a true conversation rather than just a series of words and sentences.  Having a person there to be “on book,” to complete the conversation or to correct errors, will help young actors get “off book” more quickly.  It is nearly impossible to truly act if you are trying to remember the line.  Offer to help.  Enlist a family member or babysitter.  I have a line buddy who helps me with every single production.  He is an invaluable asset.

3) Encourage healthy eating and sleeping habits

     An actor’s body is his or her instrument, and it has to be cared for and fueled properly.  There is no energy drink on the planet that will ever take the place of a good night’s sleep!  This is one that I struggle with as an actor.  It’s so much easier to throw back a cup of Starbucks than it is to get a solid 8 hours of sleep, especially during tech week!  Fast food is fast and convenient, but 9 times out of 10, it’s just a bag of empty calories that burns away quickly leaving us less energized and focused than when we started.  We all need good rest and fuel to make our bodies, voices,  and brains work properly.  Encourage your children to rest during tech weeks and performance weekends, and encourage them to eat healthy, fresh foods that will provide them with the clean energy they need to get through a show.

4) Encourage them to trust their director

     The director is trying to put on the best show they can!  Doubting the director’s choices, especially early in the rehearsal process, can make things stressful for everyone involved.  The director must consider all aspects of the production in each scene (the story, the cast, the budget, the space, the multitude of personalities involved), and while their vision may not be clear at the outset, it will eventually be brought to light.  At SCT, we encourage young performers to share ideas and visions with their teachers, but we need the students to trust that we will make decisions based on the best interest of the show as a whole.  Your trust is vital to our success!

     So there you have it; 4 easy things that parents can do to help kids stay on top of their theatre game.  Begin planting these little seeds of wisdom now and watch your young actors grow into empowered performers!  Just like any other after-school activity, theatre is a discipline.  The harder you work and the more your prepare, the better your outcome will be!  We want all of our students to turn in successful performances, so sharpen your pencils, and let’s get ready to rehearse!

Light Cues & Costumes & Props, OH MY! by Carmel Cowart

     Our Creative Dramatics 1 (2nd-5th grade) class production of Tiny Thumbelina opens tomorrow! The cast and crew have been knee-deep in Tech Week; putting all the finishing touches on costumes, set changes, lighting, props, hair and makeup. I am so very proud of each of these young performers! Their resilience and adaptability to change is quite impressive.

     For those that may not know, the CD1 class, directed by myself and Lauren Baxter, rehearses in SCT’s upstairs Green Room for eleven weeks of class. It is not until Monday of Tech Week (four days before their show opens!) that they step foot onto the stage where they actually perform the show. As their director, I aim to introduce only one new element of their show at each tech rehearsal, so as not to overwhelm them. On Monday, we run the show for the first time on the stage using props. Tuesday, we add in light cues. Wednesday, we start using mics. And Thursday, we do a final dress rehearsal with all those elements in full costume. Let me tell you, these kids take all those curve balls and knock ’em out of the park, er… the theatre! What I really love is that this cast has adapted to all of that change with the biggest smiles on their faces.

     Throughout each rehearsal, I have had the amazing privilege of witnessing their love of performing grow as they learn, and then watching them put what they learn into ACTION. I am filled with sheer excitement for them as opening night of Tiny Thumbelina approaches! There is so much more that I wish I could share with you, our readers, about these wonderful students and this show. However, since they are the brawn, beauty, and brains of this production, I thought it only appropriate to let them share a little with you. Here are a few of their thoughts about Tech Week, opening night, and being a theatre kid.


Q:
What’s your favorite part of tech week?

A: “Putting the whole show together on the stage.” – Megan Cullen

      “Costumes!” – Abbey Kate Daugherty

      “Props, because I get a sword in this play.” – Aidan Hayes

      “Opening night, of course!” – Isabella Webster

Q: What do you like about theatre?

A: “Being on the stage in the spotlight.” – Maggie Rabitsch

      “The adrenaline from performing and getting to play challenging roles.” – Noah Eastman

      “It’s fun!” – Amelie Steffen

      “Horrible things never happen here, only good things always. And it helps prepare you for college.” – Terrence Bush

Q: What’s your favorite line from Tiny Thumbelina?

A: “I like the mud.” – Maggie Rabitsch

     “If wishes were horses, beggars would ride.” – Abbey Kate Daugherty

     “I hate the word FROG!” – Terrence Bush

     “You can’t be ugly when you’re rich.” – Jolie-Anne Brosseau

Q: What’s your favorite play you’ve seen?

A: My Fair Lady” – Ansley McKee

      “Huckleberry Finn” – Aidan Hayes

      “Charlotte’s Web” – Megan Cullen

      “All of the SCT plays, because they’re SO GOOD!” – Noah Eastman

Q: What’s your dream role?

A: “Donkey in Shrek” – Abbey Kate Daugherty

      “Blue Fairy in Pinnochio” – Megan Cullen

      “Sheriff in Robin Hood” – Terrence Bush

      “Pinnochio” – Noah Eastman

Q: Would you like for everyone you know to come see your show this weekend?

A: An emphatic “YES!” from the entire Tiny Thumbelina cast!

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     So come join us at SCT for Tiny Thumbelina,  a tale of love, adventure, and finding home.

Friday, November 15th at 7:00pm.

Saturday, November 16th at 3:00pm

Sunday, November 17th at 3:00pm

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