Alexander at Conservatory: Rehearsals

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11/22/13 – Week Nine. This week in Conservatory,we went straight to work on our play.  We played a game where we recited words from the play that were memorable to us.  Two people starting saying a line from our play and walked around the classroom, then another person did it, then another until everyone had recited a memorable but different line.  When the boy who plays the teacher shouted out his line, we all sat down.  Next, it was time to run through the whole thing.  We ran through all of the scenes until we got to the end and everyone was familiar with the whole play. Our teachers directed us by putting us in the proper places and helped us think about how to say our lines.  The teachers were satisfied but we did goof around a little during the practice and I think we could have done better.  Everyone was tired after the run-through so Mr. John and Miss Carolyn let us take a break.  After the break, we practiced the whole thing one more time!  It got better that time and we did not goof around as much.  Then Mr. John passed out reminders about going to our final practice at the TCA and told us to make sure to take the stage door and wear actor blacks.  “Actor blacks” means that you wear all black so people can imagine what’s happening and we don’t have to use costumes.  Last week, I interviewed my teachers and Miss Carolyn said that she thought that we were rehearsing well and she is satisfied with our work, though she thinks that we need to focus a bit more. Mr. John said that he was also satisfied and thinks the play is going to be a great success.

We’re looking forward to our performance on December 18th!

Until next time,
Alexander
Childsplay Academy Reporter

Alexander at Conservatory, Week Eight

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11/7/13 – Week Eight.
  First, we played a game like we always do at the beginning of the day, to get active and prepare for our day of acting and movement, and then we got right into scene work.  We practiced the beginning of our sharing which is about a teacher and his students who have to watch a video about science.  One of the girls falls asleep and then she has a dream about science.  Then we became a large talking face that talks about the human body.  Our whole cast creates the human face.  For example, I’m the mouth, which is good for me!  We worked on that for about an hour and then we had a short break.  We then practiced our other scene that would come in the middle of our play but we will put that together next week with a new scene.  I think that our play is coming along well and that we are all learning so much about the parts that go into creating a play very fast, including all of the things that we have to rehearse and memorize.  People should come see this play because it gives you facts about the human body BUT it is also very funny and exciting.  The cast is very nice and would love for anyone to come see it.  Check out my exclusive Rock-the-Presidents blog as a Childsplay Kid Reporter to learn more about plays.  Check out my previous blogs to see if you might want to join Conservatory.  If you are a big thinker or imaginative and creative, then Conservatory is your thing.  You can get recommended into Conservatory after you have taken some camps or classes first.
Alexander
Childsplay Academy Reporter

Captain on the Deck! Alexander Blogs About Conservatory

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10/26/13 – Week Seven.
  This week at conservatory, we talked about our sharing and if anyone had any additional ideas.  Then, we played Captain on the Deck.  Someone is the captain and everyone else is a sailor.  The captain can yell out “Captain on the deck.” Then, we have to salute him or her.  You have to stay in the salute until he or she says “At ease.”  The fun part of this game is that there are things you can do in between, like be a jellyfish by going on the floor and waving your arms and legs up and down, or getting into a group of five and singing “Starfish, Starfish, Starfish…” Or, you can go to an island (to one side of the room) or be in the ocean (when you go to the other side of the room).  The last person to get to those places without running is out.  The fun part is if they say “Captain on the deck” and you salute.  It’s like Simon Says.  The captain gives orders that you have to follow but you cannot do them because you are supposed to be saluting.  If you follow the orders and stop saluting, then you’re out and you just sit out and watch everybody.  We played that game first to get ready to act.  The game helps us act quickly, think faster, and get creative.  Next,  we practiced the first piece of our sharing which is a kid who falls asleep during class and goes to a weird place in a human body dream, since they were about to show a human body video in class.  We spent the whole morning on that, trying to work on coordination, singing, and most of all concentration.  My teachers said that we are going to work on a human body rap next week. 
Alexander
Childsplay Academy Reporter

Alexander at Conservatory: Movement Day

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10/5/13 – Week Six.
This week, Mr. John wasn’t here so we had a substitute teacher named Miss Lauren who was my other Conservatory teacher last year. We focused on movement this week. So, first of all, in small groups, we used our bodies to make pictures. Our teachers would say “make a nose” so my group decided to move our hands up and down in front of us to look like we were breathing in and out. Next was eyes and we put our hands up and to down to gesture us blinking. Then, we kept on doing that for about an hour. We shared our ideas for movement with each other (our eyes, nose, etc.) as a class. After break, we got together in even bigger groups and we made the eyes and the nose out of everyone’s bodies together. It was fun because we got to bend and move in funny ways to accomplish that. Finally, the entire class formed a huge group and we made a big face. Some of use were the ears, some were the mouth and some of us were the eyes and nose. Our teachers said that we had done a good job and they could see the picture of the face we were trying to make. We thought it was amazing and fun and we think we might use this in the play.
See you next week on this same blog!
Stay tuned,
Alexander
Childsplay Academy Reporter

Alexander’s Fifth Week – The Human Body Rap

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9/28/13 – Week Five. This week at Conservatory, we wanted to think about what we are going to do for our play. We decided to do a rap. We looked through a few background tracks that would go with our rap about the human body. We chose one because we thought it had body sounds like hiccups and other things. Then we came up with our rapping parts by working in groups and figuring out song lyrics. Then, we shared them and our teachers collected our writing. Next week, we will probably put the words into a song. We worked a long time on creating our rap. It left a little time for a break and a game. After break, we played a game called Potion at the Party where someone is chosen to deliver secret messages. Everyone walks around and shake peoples’ hands. If the chosen person scratches your hand, you pretend to die. The purpose of this game is to learn to focus on one thing and pay close attention to what’s going on. I’m excited for our sharing and the next week of Conservatory!
Alexander
Childsplay Academy Reporter

Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious (Alexander’s Fourth Week at Conservatory)

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9/21/13 – Week Four.  This week at Conservatory, the first thing we did is sit down in a big circle.  We went around the circle and described what we were feeling in one word.  I chose supercalifragilisticexpialidocious which described that I felt excited and happy.  Next, we played a game called Ghost.  First, you stand in your own space, in actors neutral, where your feet are shoulder length apart.  We closed our eyes and someone came to stand near us silently.  If you sense them standing there, you call out “Ghost!”  Then, you become the ghost.  The purpose of the game was to pay careful attention, using all of your senses except taste :), touch, and sight.  After break, we went on a journey through our imagination, going through a black room to a daisy patch.  Then, we had to write a lot about it.  We did this because we’re doing a play about the human body and today we wanted to focus on how the mind works.  We will probably use what we wrote for the play.  Join me next time for exclusive interviews with other members of the exciting Conservatory 2A!

Alexander
Childsplay Academy Reporter

Alexander at Conservatory, Week Three

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9/14/13 – Week Three. Today at Conservatory, we started off with the topic that our final performance is going to be about.  Our teachers chose the topic The Human Body.  The class was, well, not that into the human body.  We wanted wizards and magic instead.  Soon, we looked at library books about the human body and we discovered interesting things, like you have dreams because what you think of every day gets stored in your brain then your memories come out when you’re sleeping.  After our research, the class decided that the human body is actually a good idea.  It seems magical in its own way.  Then, we had our break then returned to acting!  We did a few games about making up scenes…  It was it REALLY fun because we got a word and then groups of four had to use that word in a small play.  Our word was talkative.  So, we made an old peoples’ retirement center and a volunteer came in and he was very talkative, which drove the old people crazy!  Stay tuned for my next blog.

Alexander
Childsplay Academy Reporter

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