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Saturday, October 20, 2018

So, What Does an Assistant Stage Manager Do, Anyway? by Kerry Hishon

As we all know, the role of the stage manager is a large and challenging one. And, while the stage manager is an amazing person, it’s always useful to have help. Enter the assistant stage …

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Saturday, October 13, 2018

5 Qualities a Stage Manager Must Possess by Kerry Hishon

The role of the stage manager is a vital one in the theatrical process. Stage managers truly make the show happen. Without a great stage manager, rehearsals go awry, cues don’t happen, and…

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Saturday, October 6, 2018

So, What Does a Stage Manager Do, Anyway? by Kerry Hishon

“The show must go on” is a common phrase in the theatre world, and a stage manager is one of the crucial people who ensures that the show does go on. The stage manager works side by side…

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Saturday, September 29, 2018

Three Reasons You Should Try a New Theatrical Area by Kerry Hishon

Do you consider yourself a theatrical specialist with one definite focus? Or are you more the multi-passionate type? I certainly don’t ascribe to the “jack of all trades, master of none…

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Saturday, September 22, 2018

Exercise: Problem-Solving for Student Directors by Kerry Hishon

Giving students the opportunity to direct is a great thing – it helps them to develop their leadership skills and creative thinking abilities, challenges them in a new theatrical medium, a…

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Saturday, September 15, 2018

Theatre Game: Tableau Scenes from a Book by Kerry Hishon

This is one of my absolute favourite theatre games. I always use it in my early drama classes because, not only is it a fun way to approach the basics of tableau, it’s a good way for stude…

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Saturday, September 8, 2018

Directing Your First Musical (When You Normally Direct Plays) by Kerry Hishon

Congratulations – you are directing your first musical! You and your students will definitely face some challenges, especially if you normally direct plays. This is not to say that directi…

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Saturday, September 1, 2018

Get Your First Day of Drama Class Started Out Right by Kerry Hishon

First impressions matter! Getting your first day of drama class started on the right foot is so important for setting the tone for the rest of the semester. No matter whether you have a clas…

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Saturday, August 25, 2018

Round-Up: Common Costume Concerns by Kerry Hishon

Costumes, whether fabulously extravagant, simple and functional, ragged and threadbare, or anything in between, are lots of fun. Costumes help to tell the story of the show visually, and rea…

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Saturday, August 18, 2018

Costume Care: Dos and Don’ts by Kerry Hishon

Teachers, the following list of dos and don’ts is a great way to introduce costume care etiquette to your students. Whether your students are beginning actors or seasoned drama department …

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Saturday, August 11, 2018

Telling the Story Through Clothing: Choosing a Colour Palette for Your Show by Kerry Hishon

Costumes are such a fantastic way of making the story of a show come alive. Costumes help students really understand and embody their characters. Costumes can also clearly and easily demonst…

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Saturday, August 4, 2018

Basic Costume Items Every Drama Student Should Own by Kerry Hishon

Getting to try on a new costume for the first time is one of every student’s favourite parts of the rehearsal process. A costume helps so much to tell the story of the show, and helps stu…

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Saturday, July 28, 2018

“Let’s Try That Again”: Taking Direction in an Audition by Kerry Hishon

It’s rare that a student will select the absolute perfect monologue to show exactly everything they’re capable of doing onstage. One monologue can only go so far in showing a student’s…

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Saturday, July 21, 2018

How to Practice Cold Reading by Kerry Hishon

Cold reading (or sight reading) is where actors read aloud from a script, scene, or text with little to no advanced preparation. It’s frequently used in auditions either instead of or in …

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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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