The Commitment to Wear Tights, by Maggie Lee Hart

     It’s tech week and our Creative Dramatics II students are pepped up to share their work of Once Upon A Mattress, Jr for their friends and family this weekend.  The excitement that is felt within SCT’s walls will be focused on the last remaining elements of our production including; completion of set construction, lighting and sound design, and full runs of the show in costume!  So pull up your tights and put on your dancing shoes!

     What makes a production successful?  It is the organization and commitment by all people associated with creating the show.  This is true not only for SCT, but for any show being produced.  It takes every single person and student to understand the commitment they have agreed to when signing up to be involved with a show.  The absence of a cast member affects every single element of a production.  Many adjustments need to be made. New formations of a dance must be choreographed and the absentee’s lines and lyrics redistributed so the story may be told.  The microphone plot must be redone, and the scene change list revised. . But most importantly, the loss of their voice and energy within the ensemble can be felt within the morale of the cast.

     From the start of creating a production, our process consists of a group of artists who wish to create a unique and unified show.   SCT classes are offered to be a learning experience, and I hope we have illustrated how important every single person and every single role is in the success of production.  It is commitment as a whole that makes SCT glitter and glow.

     To see the outcome of this wonderful team-building process, visit us this weekend during one of our three public performances. Friday at 7pm, or Saturday and Sunday at 3pm, we will be at the theatre popping the popcorn and swirling the cotton candy, ready to delight and entertain!  Tickets can be purchased here or at the door and are $12-$15.  The memories are priceless.

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New Member of the Family, by Lauren Baxter

 

 

     In September of 2010, after living in Savannah for a little over a year, I heard about auditions for Rogers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella at SCT. I walked into the doors for the first time the night of auditions, unsure of what to expect. I ended up being cast as the Queen and after that I was hooked!

 

Queenposing with young subjects...er...patrons!

Queenposing with young subjects…er…patrons!
January, 2010

      After Cinderella, I was in four more Main Stage shows; Honk!, The Music Man, Seussical, and A Year with Frog and Toad. As I learned more about the children’s theatre and how it worked, I realized that performing in shows was not going to be enough for me. I desired to teach children and share with them my love for theatre.

                                        

Gertrude McFuzz in Seussical the Musical, January 2012

Gertrude McFuzz in Seussical the Musical, January 2012

      A year ago I started working for SCT in the Let’s Put on a Play! field trip program. I enjoyed it very much, but unfortunately my other job limited my availability to do field trips. This past March, I was asked if I would be interested in being the Assistant Director of Creative Dramatics 1. Luckily everything worked out and I began working with Carmel Cowart and the kids in CD1 on the musical The Velveteen Rabbit. Now we are currently working on Tiny Thumbelina which opens November 15th on the SCT Main Stage! 

     I am very thankful that I ended up working at SCT, and I am excited every week to go to class. Its amazing to see the kid’s smiling faces and how excited they get about learning their songs, dances and blocking! I love helping them discover new exciting things. I have seen shy children come out of their shells and become confident, accomplished performers. I am very thankful to be part of the children’s theatre family and have the opportunity to inspire, educate and enable children to entertain. I looked forward to the many stories I will have to share with you in the future. Every day is an adventure and I’m filled with joy to be a part of it!