ThurSPAE: Sarah Grasso! Blocking!

Hey SPAE-Followers!

I cannot believe that week one is wrapping up. But when I think of the workshops, scene and character work, costumes, prop and set work, community building, song-learning, game-playing, and more that has gone on…it makes sense that we’ve shared four days together!

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This morning Sarah Grasso joined us to lead part 1 of our movement workshop. Sarah is incredible, inviting, supportive, and fun- and this lead to an amazing show of bravery from our campers who stretched their comfort zones with dance today. She’ll be back tomorrow for part 2 which will include working with folks who want to do some solo dancing. As a reminder-those soloists should be creating their movement TONIGHT at HOME and refining with Sarah tomorrow. I can’t wait to see what these folks will come up with and I’m especially jazzed to put it all together tomorrow.

In the afternoon we dove full-force into blocking. Johnny blocked Scene 2 with the Darling Family and the first appearance of Peter who, with the help of Tink, is trying to catch his Shadow. Blocking is usually a little tedious-but from what I watched as Johnny worked with these actors, they had a blast. Not only did they get the broad brush-strokes of where to move on stage, but they also made some great decisions about character as they worked.
After working some of the Lost Kid’s music-we began blocking the first Lost-Kid scene. This scene is pages and pages of dialogue, and has to be fit into a short amount of time. The Lost Kids TOTALLY picked up on the energy needed to make it happen and I was very impressed with their buy-in to this scene. I can’t wait to finish with them tomorrow. Today also included massive amount of prop and set building as well as pulling costumes and designing costumes!!

What we need from YOU!
With so little time to block, rehearse, choreograph, learn songs, memorize lines, and develop our characters we REALLY need you to help your actors practice at home. Ask them to show you what they did during the day, or ask them to sing one of their songs, or you could look up the song on youtube together. Help them learn lines AND cues! Knowing when to say a line is often harder then remembering the line itself. Anything you can do at home will help our whole community!

TOMORROW NIGHT IS OUR CONTRADANCE!!! Bring your whole family and all of your friends-SPAE related or otherwise! We are so so so excited to transform our SPAE space into a music-and-dancing-feet-filled extravaganza. Join us at 6:30, bring water and maybe a towel… It’ll be warm…Admission by donation to help pay the incredible band!
Don’t forget to check Flickr!

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WedneSPAE!! Riley, Ron, Read-Through!


A Triple-R Day!
This morning the directors had the both exhilarating and difficult job of reading the cast-list. We are SO SO SO jazzed about the cast that we have lined up- but the decisions were not reached without MUCH deliberation. It was made explicitly clear that any of our campers could have brought any of these roles to life, but in the end, a show with 25 Peters and 13 Captain Hooks just wouldn’t be as fulfilling as a show with MANY characters who add color and detail to our story. I was particularly impressed with how our community came together to support each other in finding out our characters today. In only three days we have grown as one.

In the afternoon Riley Goodemote and Ron Kelley joined us for some workshop festivities!
While Riley staged the final battle in the show with a focus on physical comedy, Ron created the soundtrack with our instrumentalists. Both workshops yielded fantastic results. Speaking as a music teacher- thank you for encouraging your children to learn an instrument. The lessons it brings are endless. I can’t wait for you to hear our creation!

Tomorrow we are joined by Sarah Grasso who will be choreographing a large dance number. It’s bound to be AWESOME. Wear comfy clothes. Also, you’ve got your scripts- start learning those lines!!!

Don’t forget about the Flickr Page!

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TueSPAE! Sound Workshop, Auditions, Improv!

WOW, an incredible second day at SPAE. Today Grant led a sound workshop that TOTALLY rocked this world. Our campers also experienced auditions at SPAE-which we try to keep low-key and maybe even fun? Let it be known that they made our job of casting incredibly difficult, but we are so confident that we’re going to have a fantastic show given the enthusiasm and determination shown by every member of our community.

In the afternoon we focused on the biggest concept of improvising, “Yes, And.”
In short, when you’re improvising you want to accept the reality that your scene partner(s) establishes, and add to it. We did a variety of activities to reinforce this concept. Overall, I think our campers realized how excellent it feels to have your partner say “YES!”


Can’t wait to see what WedneSPAE will bring…
AND-make sure to invite your friends and family to the SPAE Contradance, here’s the link to the Facebook Event!

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MonSPAE! Names, Community, the Script!

WOAH. The SPAE Community has blossomed today! We are now full of campers, staff, ideas, laughter, and sweat. It’s going to be a hot week in the Dutton, but a great week. It was so excellent to finally meet our new campers, and be reunited with our old. It’s always shocking to see how they’ve grown over the course of the year.

In the morning we worked to learn each other’s names, and get loosened up. We talked about what a Community Looks and Sounds like. This activity was led by our Counselors and they came through with flying colors.

In the afternoon we read through the first draft of our “Peter Pan” script. For our new campers this was a good insight into how strange we are at SPAE. I’m not sure my group was prepared for how hard I laughed at this poem performed by one of the Native Neverlandians-

A centipede was thirsty,
But to satisfy its need,
It drank too much for it to hold—
And so the centipede.

Tomorrow we audition! A quick run-down of how auditions work at SPAE- Each camper will give us their top 4 character choices. The choices aren’t a secret, they place their name under the Character Names. This lets them see if there are characters that no one is auditioning for-therefore upping their chances of getting the part!
Then we split up into 3 groups. When campers are auditioning they will get up with a few others and read a scene for their first choice character, and if we have time, their second choice character. Only folks who want to sing solos or in small groups will do a singing auditioning with me. It’s low-stakes and hopefully fun!!

WHAT A GREAT FIRST DAY! HOORAY FOR SPAE! Don’t forget to check the Flickr page for more photos, the link is to the right of the page!

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Counselor Orientation 2016!

Emily, Abby, and I are already so blown away by what total rockstars this year’s group of Counselors has turned out to be. We say “Get cozy in some Pirate Chests,” they say “RIGHT AWAY YOU GOT IT AND WE’LL EVEN SMILE ONCE WE’RE IN.”

We had some terrific discussions about why each of us is at SPAE this year and when was the first moment we knew we wanted to be involved in theatre. We laughed, empathized, were inspired, and Abby cried. I can’t wait for tomorrow to share these humans with our campers!
Make sure to check out the FLICKR PAGE for more photos from our work today!


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Thought You Should See This


This is something Abby can do?


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Emily and Karlie Take a SPAEcation!


Emily and I took to the interstate to make our way to Burlington to work on all things SPAE! We’re buckling down to work on the script, music, schedule, AND MORE!!!
We can’t wait. 3 days until we have our staff orientation, and 4 until our campers arrive! YES YES YES! #SPAE2016

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