Alexander’s Second Week at Conservatory

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9/7/13 – Week 2.  
First we sat in a circle and introduced the two new kids in our class.  We wrote down the goals we wanted to improve on for this semester of Conservatory.  After we wrote them down, we handed them to our teachers so they could look at them to know what we each want to work on .  We then played an improv game.  We had to get into a line and two people from the front of the line would walk to the other end and the first person would say something, the second person would respond, and then the first person had to respond again and then goes to the end of the line.  The second person then goes back and gets the next person in line and they do the same thing.  It was fun and challenging.  Soon, we had a break because time there feels like it’s going really fast because we’re doing so much.  We had time to eat snacks and then it was back to acting!  We went over some of the rules of improv, like A Duck Is A Duck.  If someone says “Oh, do you like my new bracelet?” and the other person says “That’s not a bracelet, it’s a cat,” you just lost the whole scene!  So, you should always go along with your partner.  We did that for a while plus a few more games meant to teach us about concentration and observing others and then it was time to go.  Our teaches definitely are excited to teach us.  I will be excited to tell you what happens next week!

Alexander
Childsplay Academy Reporter

Alexander Blogs About His First Week at Conservatory

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8/31/13 – Week One.  What is Conservatory?  Conservatory is a way to find other acting skills that are more advanced…a way to learn more about what a professional actor does.  Every week, you go to the Childsplay campus and you take an acting class for several hours.  My Teacher-Artists are Mr. John and Miss. Carolyn.  So far, my two teachers are great and always have planned something exciting to do.  Mr. John has been in many plays during the regular performing seasons.  During our first day in Conservatory 2A, we started with the Name Game because there are about 15 kids in our class and we should know each other’s names.  After that, we played a couple games to teach us to use eye contact and build character.  We then came to think on what our theme might be for our whole semester.

I feel the upcoming semester will feel like a big ensemble not even having to do any work because it will be so fun!

Alexander
Childsplay Academy Reporter

 

Alex reviews Junie B. Jones!

Did you ever not click with anybody?  Well, Junie B. and May don’t really click and that’s why I think this was a funny play!

The holiday event before the play was very jolly and had lots of spirit worked into it.  Everyone was very happy and cheerful and there were lots of fun crafts.  There was a Junie B Jones trivia contest and the little kids looked like lots of bees swarming around Mr. Colin with the answer to the questions to win prizes, like what was Junie B’s stuffed elephant’s name?  and what is Grandpa Miller’s first name?  I asked the teacher of jingle bells, Miss Kim, her favorite part of the event and it was teaching the kids how to do the choreography for jingle bells.

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I asked two of the people who asked the trivia questions and handed out the prizes, Mr. Colin and Mr. Eric, what their favorite parts were.  Colin’s favorite part was handing out gifts to people to make them happy and Eric’s favorite part was just seeing everyone because he and Colin just came back from a two month tour of Rock the Presidents and they missed everyone.

A lot of work went into this whole event.  Jodie planned it all and many people helped.  Miss Kim, Mr. Max and Miss Thea taught people how to dance and sing at the Jingle Bells station.  Miss Samantha and Mr. Steve helped at the ornament decorating station.  Miss Ellen and Miss MaryLisa worked at the wrapping paper station, and Miss Jamie, Miss Jamie, and Miss Jasmine helped at the cookie decorating station.  Thank you all for making such a great time!

The first thing I knew when I walked into the theater that it was going to be a really good play because there were lots of leaves and a school because I’ve always loved school.  When the lights turned on, and the actors came on stage, it looked like a good play because their costume pieces were very artistic including Lucille’s puffy costumes.  It was a hilarious show because there were lots of funny moments and everyone shared a laugh from time to time.  I heard lots of kids giggling in the middle of the funny parts which was really, really cute.  My favorite part of the show was when Junie B and her classmates went to the toy store and they found a really funny surprising toy that they all wanted.  They did a funny slow-motion dance and when the characters froze, Junie B spoke from her first grade journal.  So that is why I suggest going see Junie B. Jones Jingle Bells Batman Smells.

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Miss Sam gave the Kid Reporters a tour of backstage and the stage itself.  I found out that the actors really doodled in their notebooks on stage while they were sitting at their desks.  They drew snowmen and stuff.  I found out that the boats they used in the Christopher Columbus play are very light.  The props are on tables right off stage so that the actors can just grab them and come back into the scene.  They showed us how you can pull up signs by just pulling a rope, but it’s harder than it looks.  There was a Squeeze-a-Burp that was used in the play so we got to touch that and the huge version that lights up.  We found out that when you pick it up, it has a sensor so that it turns on immediately.

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Miss Sam took us to the dressing rooms where we interviewed the actors.  They were hilarious and nice and they always answered my questions with a good answer.

Miss Katie said that this is the 3rd time they’ve performed Junie B. Jones at Tempe Center for the Arts.  They practiced for about 8 weeks total.  The first time they did the play, they practiced for 3 weeks, then 2 weeks, then the last one 2 weeks including tech rehearsals.  When Katie was a little kid, she was a little like Junie B because she was pretty sassy!

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Kate’s favorite thing about acting is getting to explore about people and animal characters and getting to be all kinds of people that are very different or similar to her.

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Dwayne said that everything is set up back stage so it’s very easy for us to grab stuff at the beginning of the show.  For example, all of his Columbus stuff is set up.

Even though May and Junie B don’t click together, I really clicked with the actors!

Bye!

Alexander Flores, 3rd grade journal  : )

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Alex reviews ROCK THE PRESIDENTS!

I was excited.  It was my first time being a kid reporter.  I felt happy because you can’t just go and sign up to be a reporter.  I was picked from a number of kids at Childsplay and I feel honored.

We went to the Tempe Center for the Arts where they have their plays.  We walked in and Ms. Samantha was waiting for us.  We took a few photos.  There was a wooden cut out that looked like Mt. Rushmore.  We got to put our faces into the cutouts to make it look like we were the presidents.

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The next thing we did was go into the theater.  The play set was beautiful with the big eagle in front.  Before the play started, I was introduced as a kid reporter.  It was a little strange with all the people looking at me.  I also felt excited.

Then the show began.  I liked the play because they have a lot of singing and dancing in it.  They also do a great job acting.  It was fun and you were learning at the same time.  I truly loved the show and the comedy in it.

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I learned some things about the presidents.  One of them loved soda so much he put a soda fountain in the White House.  I also learned that presidents can be voted into office twice.  I liked the song “Are You a President-to-Be?”  I like the lyrics since they are happy.  You can be president when you grow up.

At the end, everyone left except for me and some other people.  We went back stage.  I got to see some of the projectors that show the videos during the play.  Then I got to go to the dressing room and talk with the actors.

I interviewed all of them at the same time.  Eric started acting in college.  He was first in Footloose.  He was in Lyle the Crocodile and The Neverending Story for Childsplay.  He does a vampire show.  He was also in a show called Octopus.  Alexandra started acting when she was 14 in summer camp at Phoenix Theatre.  She was also in Spring Awakening.  Colin started acting when he was in high school and he did four to five shows a year.  His favorite play in high school that he was in was Man of LaMancha.  He was in The Miracle Worker in college.  He was also in Ferdinand the Bull and Lyle the Crocodile.  They are all really nice and talented.

 

When I was done, I took a picture with the cast.  It was a great opportunity I will never forget. Rock the Presidents is a really good show.

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