Long Time No See
OVERHEARD AT PLAY REHEARSAL: “Hey, you should do Fame next year!”
Hi, Glogland! It’s me. I know, its been a while, but I’m back. See?
I’ve been VERY busy for the past…oh, I don’t know, 24 years? But that doesn’t explain my recent absence. Maybe this does:
I was kidnapped by pirates.
Yup, goin’ with that.
Well, I thought I’d share with you all what I’ve been up to. I’m right in the middle of directing Gould’s spring production of High School Musical, a show that looks just slightly awkwardly like Grease! (which I directed last year). Except with a much better message than “If you want to be happy in life, forget who you are and be someone that other people will like.”
Such an uplifting moral for a high school play.
Anyways, the play is going well except for the songs that are running through my head day and night. And I thought that maybe some of you out there experiencing recent Hypogloggia would like to hear some of what goes on in a play rehearsal. Here, I’ve compiled a list of the top ten rules for directing a high school play. These are the rules that I live by when producing the next great theatrical endeavor:
- Avoid the use of glitter whenever possible.
- Let at least one cast member run down the aisle.
- Remember that students will, 9 times out of 10, come up with better ideas than you.
- Find a competent student stage manager, and never let her graduate (sorry Ani!!).
- K.I.S.S (“Keep It Simple, Stupid”).
- Make students wear shoes at all time.
- The technical director is always right. always.
- Use jazz hands. The audience likes them.
- Always let parents bring in snacks for the cast and crew.
- Ban cell phones on day 1.
- Remember to keep banning cell phones on day 2.
- Have fun- it’ll be over in 7 weeks!
Until next week!!
(Unless the pirates get me again)