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Saturday, July 14, 2018

Creating Your Audition Toolkit – Songs by Kerry Hishon

In our last post, we talked about creating a monologue notebook to help students collect and reflect on various monologues that could be useful for any upcoming auditions. In this post, we…

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Saturday, July 7, 2018

Creating Your Audition Toolkit – Monologues by Kerry Hishon

Finding the perfect monologue for an upcoming audition is often challenging. Students want to have the best piece possible, but may not know how to go about finding a good monologue, or what…

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Saturday, June 30, 2018

Finding Theatrical Opportunities Outside the Drama Classroom by Kerry Hishon

When you’ve reached the end of the semester or completed your school show, it’s likely your students will be dealing with some post-show blues or wondering – what is the next step? Hop…

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Saturday, June 16, 2018

The Inclusive Classroom: Drama Class for Students with Special Needs by Kerry Hishon

“Special needs” is a broad term that describes individuals who require assistance for disabilities that may be medical, mental, or psychological. Every student with special needs is diff…

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Saturday, June 9, 2018

How Studying Drama Can Benefit Students Outside of the Drama Classroom by Kerry Hishon

As drama educators, we obviously believe that the arts should be a crucial part of a student’s academic experience. Do a quick web search of “why study the arts?” and hundreds of artic…

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Saturday, June 2, 2018

Pitch Your Project: A Cross-Curricular Performance Challenge by Kerry Hishon

In a scene from the Broadway production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, the lead character Christopher explains how he solved a difficult math problem for his A-level e…

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Saturday, May 26, 2018

How to Create a Budget When You’ve Never Done It Before by Kerry Hishon

You’ve gotten the go-ahead from your school’s principal to produce a show this year! You have an awesome show in mind that would be absolutely perfect for your students, and you can’t …

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Saturday, May 19, 2018

Round-Up: Dealing With Production Challenges by Kerry Hishon

It’s never a question of “if” something will go wrong during a theatrical production…it’s completely a case of “when” something will go wrong! But when things do inevitably go …

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Saturday, May 12, 2018

How to Create a Program for Your Production by Kerry Hishon

Show programs (also known as playbills) are the easiest way to share important production information with the audience. Programs are a method of acknowledging all the hard work done by the …

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Saturday, May 5, 2018

So, What Does a Producer Do, Anyway? by Kerry Hishon

The role of the producer is often a mysterious one and hard to define. No two producers are alike, and each producer sees his or her job differently. In the simplest terms, a producer’s jo…

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Saturday, April 28, 2018

What Skills Do You Need to Work on a Show? by Kerry Hishon

When students are looking to get involved in theatre, do they have the needed skills? We aren’t just talking about “hard skills.” Hard skills are the specific abilities or knowledge ne…

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Saturday, April 21, 2018

Getting Other Departments Involved in Your Production by Kerry Hishon

Creating a theatrical production is a group effort. For every student who appears onstage, there are even more students, staff members, and volunteers who help breathe life into the producti…

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Saturday, April 14, 2018

How to Effectively Communicate with Rental Sources by Kerry Hishon

Real talk: Teachers, it is likely you won’t have every item on your props, costume, and set wishlists for the show. It is also unlikely that you are staging your show with an unlimited bud…

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Saturday, April 7, 2018

5 Tips for Teamwork: Collaborating with Your Musical Director & Choreographer by Kerry Hishon

Producing a musical is a big job – the cast sizes are generally bigger, the costs to produce the show are usually higher, and of course the artistic staff team is bigger. In addition to th…

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Saturday, March 31, 2018

3 More Tips for Keeping Your Voice Healthy by Kerry Hishon

In our recent post 3 Tips for Keeping Your Voice Healthy, we discussed three ways for students to focus on vocal health and vocal hygiene, working from the inside out (focusing on good healt…

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Saturday, March 24, 2018

Can You Hear Me Now? A Peer-Led Volume Exercise by Kerry Hishon

Isn’t it funny how some students are loud and enthusiastic during break time, but once they’re onstage, their voices seem to disappear? No, you haven’t lost your hearing – it’s one…

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Saturday, March 17, 2018

Exploring Different Voices Using Puppets, Masks, and Props by Kerry Hishon

Student actors often find it challenging to create a character with a unique-sounding voice – that is, to make their character not sound just like they do themselves. Whether students are …

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Saturday, March 10, 2018

3 Tips for Keeping Your Voice Healthy by Kerry Hishon

Vocal health and hygiene are crucial for drama students. Whether students are working on monologues, group scenes, or musical numbers, having a healthy voice is a must. It’s important for …

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Saturday, March 3, 2018

Exercise: Same Lines, Different Meanings by Kerry Hishon

One of the exciting aspects of rehearsal is experimenting with the text of the script and figuring out what the characters are saying and how they should say it. Each approach to the text wi…

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Saturday, February 24, 2018

Practice How You’d Like to Perform by Kerry Hishon

Teachers and directors – have you ever watched a run of your show, noticed a particular student, and wondered, “Now where did that performance come from?!” I’m talking about the stud…

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Saturday, February 17, 2018

Dancing in the Drama Classroom: 3 Ways to Get Started by Kerry Hishon

For those students who love dancing, simply mentioning the word “dance” gets them up on their feet and immediately moving. For other students, the idea of pirouettes, step-touches, and f…

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Saturday, February 10, 2018

Stage Combat 101: Before You Even Begin by Kerry Hishon

Stage combat is always one of the most eagerly anticipated lessons in drama class. Stage combat is fun to do and it’s a great workout. And when it’s done well it looks spectacular onstag…

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Saturday, February 3, 2018

3 Fitness Tips for Drama Students by Kerry Hishon

Fitness? Hey, this is supposed to be drama class, not gym class! I’m not a jock! I’m terrible at sports! Are you telling me I need to lose weight? Fitness is so important for drama stude…

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Saturday, January 27, 2018

Exercise: Approaching Random Tasks in Character by Kerry Hishon

A common question that is asked of student actors when they’re analyzing their character is: “What was your character doing before this scene?” Or “What is your character going to do…

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Saturday, January 20, 2018

What’s Your Character’s Signature Gesture? by Kerry Hishon

What is a signature gesture? It’s a nonverbal, repeated movement your character is known for, that you perform in a particular way that is unique and identifiable. Common, well-known gestu…

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Saturday, January 13, 2018

Why You Need to Rehearse in Your Character’s Shoes by Kerry Hishon

There are so many approaches to developing a character and making them fascinating and engaging. Some methods are more analytical, some are emotional, and some are physical. In this case, th…

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Saturday, January 6, 2018

Exercise: Thinking of Your Character as an Animal by Kerry Hishon

What do the musicals The Little Mermaid, Honk!, and Cats all have in common? They’re all shows that feature actors playing animals. It’s a lot of fun to play non-human characters, but th…

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Saturday, December 23, 2017

Reflection: Looking Back and Looking Forward by Kerry Hishon

After a production closes, reflecting on your process and thinking about the future are the natural next steps. They’re definitely an important part of the process, for you as a teacher an…

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Saturday, December 16, 2017

The Great Storage Struggle: What to Do With All That Stuff by Kerry Hishon

After a show closes, there is often a ton of stuff left over – set pieces and flats, furniture, costume items, props, makeup and hair products… the list goes on and on! Ideally, your sch…

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Saturday, December 9, 2017

How to Deal with Post-Show Blues by Kerry Hishon

Once a show has finished, the “post-show blues” often hit students. This can have a number of symptoms, including obsessively quoting lines and song lyrics from the show, starting every …

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Saturday, December 2, 2017

Four Tips for an Effective Strike by Kerry Hishon

Once the final performance of a show is completed, what comes next? It’s time to tear down the set, clean the theatre from top to bottom, and return the space back to its regular, unadorne…

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