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Oh the choices... [13 Nov 2004|05:53pm]

lyreoforpheus
These are a couple of the one-acts I'm thinking about. PLEASE offer commentary!

THE PERFECT NIGHT
3M 4W
Jenny and David are seventeen years old and in love for the first time. David has planned the perfect night-the Senior Prom-for his and Jenny's first sexual experience. Will it be the perfect night for Jenny? Is she even ready for sex? Are David's feelings strong enough to wait for her if Jenny says no? This one-act play examines the conflicting emotions of both male and female teens in love and their struggles to make decisions that will affect their futures. The play employs flashbacks in which actors perform poignant monologues to relate past events and to describe the feelings that accompany the complex issue of teen sex. With an even-handed approach that is neither religious nor preachy, this play is an ideal tool to initiate a frank discussion on this critically important yet sensitive topic.
approx. time: 35 mins

THE WAITING ROOM
3M 3W (flexible combination of 6)
This is a real "Hitchcock" type suspense drama. From the opening curtain to the crushing climax, the tension grows in this eerie story about a group of blind residents of a private hospital. The patients cling to the belief that their sight will be restored and have unshakable faith in their "doctor." Even when faced with the truth, they are unable to accept the fact that their only cure lies in the certain death that is, one by one, claiming them all. The play can be produced with almost any combination of actors and actresses.

approx. time: 30 mins

WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE?
4M 4W
The newspaper staffers ponder the question of differences as the group wrestles to get out the latest edition of the school paper. Comic banter and creative brainstorming contrasts with a more serious concern about fitting in. Suddenly, a student-nervous, hyper, ready to self-destruct-stumbles into the room. They pay him little attention. He returns minutes later, panic-stricken, and reveals his story. Drugs, gang membership, blood initiations. "Look, they're gonna be coming. You gotta help me!" After a rival gang member crashes the meeting in pursuit of his enemy, the student turns on his fellow students in a desperate, drug-induced fit. Each character in this drama is well-defined, giving the cast an excellent opportunity to display their individual acting skills. An award-winning contest piece and simple to stage, this show invites the audience to explore individual differences.

THIS ISN'T EXACTLY HOW I EXPECTED IT
3M 4W
Recently deceased, Oscar Robinson finds himself in a most unusual waiting room. His fate "for eternity" is to be decided. He isn't worried. He's always led an exemplary life but he'd always thought "in terms of angels with gig wings and harps and that sort of thing." Thus begins a series of encounters with the others in the room One after another, the visitors trap Oscar in his web of self deceit, denying his self-proclaimed virtue and driving him from the room in hysteria.

I'll put up some more later.
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Trumpet Fanfare [28 Oct 2004|10:54pm]

lyreoforpheus
Announcing your leadership for the 2004-2005 School Year!

President: ME!!!! And that's really all that you need to know. Other than the fact that if we get enough interest in the one acts we WILL proceed will the intraschool competition, there is really no other news. Everyone keep on the lookout for good one-acts (we pick, not Myers)! Let's try to have a better meeting turn out next time (November 22 is the next official meeting unless we decide on a play before then). I know that the political rally took away lots of prominent members for the afternoon, but now you know about this meeting very very far in advance so no excuses.
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Cappies 04-05 [03 Oct 2004|04:25pm]

lyreoforpheus
The list of shows:

The Miracle Worker St. Stephen's & St. Agnes 11/05/2004 - 8:00

Applause WT Woodson 11/06/2004 - 7:30

Dracula Episcopal 11/11/2004 - 7:30

A Midsummer Night's Dream McLean School 11/12/2004 - 7:00

A Midsummer Night's Dream Osbourn 11/12/2004 - 7:30

Medea Stone Bridge 11/12/2004 - 7:30

Big (the musical) Churchill 11/13/2004 - 7:30

Heaven Can Wait Centreville 11/18/2004 - 7:30

Les Miserables Walt Whitman 11/18/2004 - 7:30

Radium Girls Wakefield High 11/19/2004 - 7:00

The Phantom Tollbooth Annandale 11/19/2004 - 7:00

Inherit The Wind McLean High 11/19/2004 - 7:30

Moby Dick (the musical) Woodrow Wilson 11/19/2004 - 7:30

Much Ado About Nothing Washington-Lee 11/19/2004 - 7:30

TBA Mt. Vernon 12/04/2004 - 7:30

Parade Washington International 12/09/2004 - 7:30

A Christmas Carol Chantilly 12/21/2004 - 7:00

Anything Goes JEB Stuart 2/17/2005 - 7:30

TBA West Potomac 2/18/2005 - 7:30

TBA Madeira 2/25/2005 - 7:30

South Pacific Bishop Ireton 2/26/2005 - 7:30

Chicago St. Albans/National Cathedral 2/26/2005 - 8:00

Bye Bye Birdie Paul VI 3/11/2005 - 7:30

TBA Wakefield School 3/12/2005 - 7:00

TBA Duke Ellington 4/09/2005 - 2:00

TBA Seton 4/10/2005 - 3:00

Children of Eden Manassas Park 4/15/2005 - 7:00

Damn Yankees Woodbridge 4/15/2005 - 7:30

TBA H-B Woodlawn 4/15/2005 - 7:30

West Side Story Thomas Jefferson 4/15/2005 - 7:30

Pippin Edison 4/16/2005 - 7:30

The Fantastiks Osbourn Park 4/16/2005 - 7:30

South Pacific Hylton 4/16/2005 - 7:30

Into the Woods Stonewall Jackson 4/22/2005 - 7:30

Man of La Mancha Falls Church 4/22/2005 - 7:30

TBA TC Williams 4/22/2005 - 8:00

The Wiz Lee 4/23/2005 - 2:00

TBA Washington Christian 4/23/2005 - 7:00

TBA Fairfax 4/23/2005 - 8:00

TBA Robinson 4/28/2005 - 7:30

TBA Flint Hill 4/29/2005 - 7:30

West Side Story Madison 4/29/2005 - 7:30

TBA South Lakes 4/29/2005 - 7:30

TBA West Springfield 4/29/2005 - 7:30

The Laramie Project Lake Braddock 4/30/2005 - 8:00

Fiddler on the Roof Westfield 5/08/2005 - 2:00

TBA Hayfield 5/13/2005 - 7:30

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat Herndon 5/14/2005 - 7:30

We have Washington International, Washington Lee, OP, St. Albans, and I forget what the 5th one is. Any suggestions on other shows I should volunteer to see?
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[21 Sep 2004|11:32pm]

lyreoforpheus
meeting 2:15 tuesday even though everyone important is either doing group 4 or all county chorus or both. vote for me.
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cancel my subscription, because i'm over your issues! [01 Aug 2004|02:10am]

slint
hey there joey,

my membership in this community has become obsolete. could you remove me from it pretty please? thanxxx.
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Meeting [21 Apr 2004|07:22pm]

lyreoforpheus
first drama meeting in a long ass time tomorrow afternoon in the auditorium - elections possible maybe? i think caitlin needs to comment with some actual knowledge
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Stave One [18 Apr 2004|03:17pm]

lyreoforpheus
By popular request...
A Christmas Carol - A Play in Two Acts
By Charles Dickens
Adapted by Joseph Thomas

(I'm too lazy to put in all of the italic and bold tags, so if you want them ask for the word document)

The setting: Foggy London, Christmas Eve. Curtain is open partially to allow for entrance. Office scene is set behind curtain. Chorus of five, located down left begins singing “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen”. Scrooge, in a black traveler’s coat, walks up left stairs. Chorus holds out donation hat and Scrooge hurries by. Cratchit follows Scrooge and gives them a coin; Scrooge comes back out and gestures for them to go away. Curtain opens to reveal Scrooge’s offices.

Chorus One: Once upon a time – of all the good days in the year, on Christmas Eve – it was cold, bleak, foggy, biting weather.

Chorus Two: The people went wheezing up and down, beating their hands upon their breasts

Chorus Three: and stamping their feet upon the pavement stones to warm them.

Chorus Four: The fog came pouring in at every chink and keyhole,

Chorus Five: the houses opposite were mere phantoms.

Chorus One: The door of scrooge’s counting-house was open so that he might keep an eye upon his clerk Bob Cratchit,

Chorus Two: Who in a dismal little cell beyond was copying letters.

Chorus Three: Scrooge had a very small fire

Chorus Four: but the clerk’s fire was smaller still. It looked as if it was a single coal

Chorus Five: but he couldn’t replenish it for Scrooge kept the coal-box in his room.

Cratchit puts on a scarf and attempts to warm himself with the candle on his desk (he fails)

Chorus One: Oh! He was a tight-fisted hand at the grindstone, Scrooge was!

Chorus Two: A squeezing, wrenching, grasping,

Chorus Three: scraping, clutching, covetous old sinner!

Chorus Four: Hard and sharp as flint

Chorus Five: and solitary as an oyster.

Chorus exits DL. Fred enters, a good looking young man, shabbily but warmly dressed. He acknowledges Bob and proceeds into Scrooge’s room

Fred: A Merry Christmas, Uncle! God save you!

Scrooge: Bah! Humbug!

Fred: Christmas as humbug, Uncle? You don’t mean that, I am sure?

Scrooge: I do. Merry Christmas! What right have you to be merry? What reason have you to be merry? You’re poor enough.

Fred: (jestingly) Come then. What right have you to be dismal? What reason have you to be morose? You’re rich enough.

Scrooge: Bah! Humbug!

Fred: Don’t be cross, Uncle.

Scrooge: What else can I be when I live in such a world of fools as this? Merry Christmas? Out upon Merry Christmas! What’s Christmas time to you but a time for paying bills without money; a time for finding yourself a year older and not an hour richer. If I could work my will, every idiot who goes about with “Merry Christmas” on his lips should be boiled with the Christmas pudding and buried with a stake of holly through his heart!

Fred: (aghast) Uncle!

Scrooge: Nephew! Keep Christmas in your way and let me keep it in mine.

Fred: But you don’t keep it.

Scrooge: Let me leave it alone then. Much good may it do you! Much good it has ever done you.

Fred: There are many things, by which I have profited, I dare say, Christmas among the rest. But I am sure I have always though of Christmastime, when it has come round, as a good time: the only time I know of in the long calendar year when men and women seem to open their shut-up hearts freely, and to think of other people as if they really were fellow-passengers to the grave, and not another race of creatures bound on other journeys. Therefore, Uncle, though it has never put a scrap of gold in my pocket, I believe that it has done me good and will do me good; I say God bless it!

Bob looks up from his work and applauds. Realizing his error, he quietly pokes the fire and quickly resumes his work.

Scrooge: (to Bob) Let me hear another sound out of you, and you’ll keep your Christmas by losing your situation. (to Fred) You’re quite a powerful speaker, Nephew. It’s a wonder you don’t go into Parliament.

Fred: Don’t be angry, Uncle. Come! Dine with us tomorrow!

Scrooge: I’ll see you in hell first.

Fred: But why?

Scrooge: Why did you get married?

Fred: Because I fell in love!

Scrooge: Because you fell in love. (deep sigh) Good afternoon, Nephew!

Fred: Nay, Uncle! You never came to see me before that happened. Why give that as a reason to not come now?

Scrooge: (trying to busy himself) Good afternoon.

Fred: I am sorry with all of my heart to find you in such a bad mood, but I’ll keep my Christmas humor to the last. So a very Merry Christmas, Uncle!

Scrooge: Good afternoon!

Fred: And a Happy New Year!

Scrooge: Good afternoon!

Fred exits the room and stops to wish season’s greetings to Bob who returns them cordially. As he exits, he holds open the door for the two charity solicitors carrying an assortment of books and official-looking papers to enter

Scrooge: There’s a fellow, my clerk, with a wife and family and only 15 shillings a week. For him to speak of a Merry Christmas? Humbug!

Solicitor One: Greetings! At this festive season of the year, Mr. Scrooge, it is more than usually desirable to make some slight provision for the poor and destitute, who suffer greatly at the present time. Many thousands are in want of common necessaries…

Solicitor Two: Hundreds of thousands are in want of common comforts, sir!

Scrooge: Are there no prisons?

Solicitor Two: There are plenty of prisons.

Scrooge: And the Union workhouses? Are they still operational?

Solicitor One: Yes, they are. Still, I wish I could say they were not.

Scrooge: Oh! Good! I was afraid from what you said at first that something had happened to stop them. I’m very glad to hear it.

Solicitor Two: They scarcely furnish a Christian cheer of mind or body, sir. A few of us are raising money to buy the poor some meat and drink and means of warmth.

Solicitor One: We chose this time because it is a time when Want is keenly felt, and Abundance rejoices. What can I put you down for?

Scrooge: Nothing!

Solicitor One: You wish to remain anonymous?

Scrooge: I wish to be left alone! Since you ask me what I wish, that is my answer. I don’t make merry myself at Christmas, and I can’t afford to make idle people merry. I help to support the establishments I have mentioned: they cost enough. Those who are badly off must go there.

Solicitor Two: Many can’t go there and many would rather die!

Scrooge: If they would rather die, they had better do it and decrease the surplus population. Good afternoon.

The solicitors, seeing that they will receive nothing for their efforts, exit. As they are leaving, a boy looks in Scrooge’s window and sings to him

Boy: “God bless you merry gentlemen, let nothing you dismay…”

Scrooge grabs a ruler from his desk and threatens the boy, who flees. A church bell sounds in the distance, signaling the time. Bob approaches Scrooge apprehensively

Cratchit: I believe it’s closing time, sir.

Scrooge: (standing up from his chair) I suppose you’ll want the day off tomorrow.

Cratchit: If it’s quite convenient, sir.

Scrooge: Well it’s not convenient and it’s not fair. If I was to take the day out of your salary you would feel ill-used, am I correct? (Bob smiles) Yet, you wouldn’t think me ill-used when I pay a day’s wages for no work.

Cratchit: Well, sir, Christmas only comes once a year.

Scrooge: A poor excuse for picking a man’s pocket every twenty-fifth of December. (buttoning up his jacket) But I suppose you must have the whole day. Be here all the earlier the next morning!

Cratchit: I promise you I will, sir.

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a call to arms [01 Apr 2004|08:35pm]

slint
first and certainly foremost, hearty congratulations to all cast, crew, and orchestra members for west side story (including me, ahahaha). the show turned out great, and you should all be very proud, no matter how insignificant you feel your role was. also, thanks to everyone who came to see the show; the turnout was amazing. yessir, contrary to popular belief, the arts are alive and well in manassas.

okay, down to business: i hear tell that gabalski plans to schedule a full-length play next fall in addition to a musical in the spring. i am 100% against this for the following reasons (and note that "gabalski is a dick" is not among them):

1) no matter what he says, such a thing would totally usurp the one acts. no one wants to spend 10 months out of the school year involved in theatrical productions, especially not us ib students. the one acts are important, and fun. cappies is not the only organization that awards prizes for theater; the virginia high school league does, too. let's not forget that. and though it did not do so this year, the one act festival provides a forum for student playwrights, who have proven to be rousingly successful in the past. i know my opinon won't count for much longer, but i still want stonewall drama to be vindicated in vhsl competition, after we had our district trophy snatched away from us two years ago.

2) two full-length productions would render drama club obsolete. when would the club meet? what would it do? would it simply be assimilated into the "musical theater department"? i am not at all in favor of that. drama club has arranged (and is arranging, hopefully) various fun/educational/cas hour field trips, initiatives funded by club fundraisers. in addition, drama club has facilitated fun, low-key activities such as the its induction and "showtime at the apollo festivities," which i, for one, thought were awesome. you guys have a choice about whether drama club continues healthily or sputters out to an anticlimactic death, but the latter possibility makes me shudder, because a lot of work has gone into keeping this club afloat, most of it unrewarded (just look at the turnout for the one act). for those who have devoted time to this organization, its dissolution because of apathy and a trivial power struggle would be a slap in the face. and hey, on the self-interest front, think about college applications! 5 formal leadership positions will be opening up this year...there is not (and hopefully never will be) a president of the order of gabalski.

okay, that's all i have to say. it's all pretty much up to you underclassmen now. keep in mind that there cannot be a full-length fall production without your support, because as we know, chorus kids, by and large, cannot act. at any rate, i think we ought to have a drama meeting in the very near future to discuss this issue, as well as these fabled trips to staunton and nebraska we keep hearing about (and how to raise the money to make them happen).
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[09 Mar 2004|06:51pm]

slint
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West Side Story Count Down [03 Mar 2004|10:03pm]

lyreoforpheus
Number of days till tickets go on sale: 5
Number of days till opening performance: 23
Number of times we have run two consecutive scenes: 0
Number of total emotional breakdowns in the cast (past, present, or future until March 28): (# in cast total) to the 8th power (woo exponents)
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[08 Feb 2004|04:35pm]

slint
hey, i just want to say to everyone that even if we didn't win anything (and our scores kinda sucked) at regionals, i think everyone's effort on the apollo paid off. given less-than-ideal circumstances, we pulled some amazing stuff off. even if it wasn't the most amazing production ever, i, at least, am happy with how it turned out. thanks, everyone, for giving it your all and making it a whole lot of fun and a great learning experience.

assistant director sebastian barr
lia castonguay
joey thomas
kelly glyptis
damian allen
raine jones
josh hagan
mackenzie aubrey
julia bungarner
chester duerig
caitlin fillers
vinny ali
...& all tech, support, & understudies. you all have my deepest thanks.

-morgan
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oh my goodness [10 Jan 2004|08:37am]

lyreoforpheus
Well it's January 10th and that means deadlines for the names of shows that were yet to be announced for cappies. I went to go take a look at the revised list and Centreville is doing FAME! ::the jealousy:: I would love to go see it, but unfortunately it's on the same day as les mis. talk about one hell of a great day for high school theatre!
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is anyone out there...? [02 Jan 2004|03:19pm]

orange_girl
by request:

costumes are due the day of dress rehersal. if you don't have your costume, you don't get to do the dress rehersal (dunn is very strict on this). stick to your color scheme dunn gave you (i don't remember anyone's).
*fyi: i'm going thrifting on monday or tuesday to look for my stuff if anyone wants to come with me.

and morgan...what do you want to do for R & G costumes?? i figure probably brown, black, or maybe olive green pants and.....something on top. i have no clue. vests? button down? gimme ideas.
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joey made me do it... [16 Dec 2003|10:10pm]

orange_girl
so for joey's sake....

the gabalski story...as told to me by one kirsten albrecht.

so apparently gabalski's neighbors rent their house out or something. so they rent it out to this really trashy family. well being that they are a trashy family, they trash the place up and therefore hear about a certain eviction of some sorts. well before the eviction they think hey, let's throw a going away party. so they do. and its a rowdy, trashy party. well apparently the cops show up and everyone high tails it out. they high tail is SO fast that two chicks jump into a car....the one on the driver's side being 12. well they throw the car into reverse and...

BAM!

SHIT..

gabalski has a huge hole in his house.

and that's that, happy joey!?
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testing testing testing [04 Dec 2003|10:53pm]

slint
hey...just figuring out how this works...
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fun times [31 Oct 2003|04:14pm]

orange_girl
ok everyone, hopefully you all got the ITS invitations (?) if you didn't, you need to see dunn. follow the directions on them....i dunno why it says dues are $21 though....hmmm. officers, i think we need to be at the school that saturday at 5.00 to help decorate/set up, etc.

auditions for one-act on nov 5 (wednesday)--callbacks nov 6 (callbacks apparently will be basically the people who she will officially cast). so yay for that. i'm really excited to compete again....i really wanna win and prove bitches like OP and TJ drama that we are better. so HA!

there is going to be a meeting....i think on thursday despite callbacks for everyone performing at ITS induction to plan/rehearse their stuff. not sure though.

so that's the update as of now.

la presidente
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one-acts [25 Oct 2003|02:48pm]

orange_girl
hello everyone. i just finished reading the one-act and....wow. if dunn knows what she's doing it has the potential to be very very very good. i REALLY like it.

anywho...concerning one-acts. if you were not at the last drama meeting, then according to dunn you cannot, that's CANNOT, be a part of it. i know she didn't specify that the meeting was mandatory for those who want to try out but hey...apathy is a bitch isn't it? so, if you truly want to try out and you didn't go to the meeting, you best have some good excuses planned.

fyi: officers, short officer meeting on thursday
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hello hello! [18 Oct 2003|11:06am]

orange_girl
[ mood | presidential ]

hey anyone interested in going to the VTA conference in reston (community center i believe) i've got the sheets.

news: one act title is "Apollo of Bellac", dunn says its a stylistic comedy, 12 roles (most are not gender specific). her goal is to take this piece and win states with it! finally someone with GOALS! auditions are nov. 6 & 7 (sebastian and dunn will have audition requirements soon)
**EVERYONE should audition!!!!** the 1st performance of it will be jan. 10

also: everyone who plans to work the audition workshop on thursday, bring a monologue to do. those that aren't participating will listen to dunn talk about the one act, and will read over it.

thanks guys...la presidente over and out.

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yay for organization [09 Oct 2003|07:49pm]

orange_girl
[ mood | pleased ]

applause for a job well done on today's stations everyone who ran one. makeup--you guys looked like you were doing some awesome stuff. costumes--i dunno what you guys were doing but hey i'm sure it was great. and thanks mo for being so improv. savvy. note on the improv.--we definitely have some strong improvers and some weak ones...but everyone who got up to participate improved in some way. :) yay, we should all feel accomplished.

next meeting: audition workshop...for those planning to audition for the musical or one-acts (mostly one-acts since the musical auditions are crap). i think as examples we should all have prepared monologues ready to perform so we can critique each other, point out mistakes, etc etc. spread the word to everyone who plans on attending--they need to have a working monologue with them!!! in their head as well as on paper. those who don't necessarily have them memorized can work individually with some of us on interpretation, character etc. while those who have them memorized can get up and perform them. we'll be examples.
thanks guys :)

la presidente

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hello hello [05 Oct 2003|05:39pm]

orange_girl
[ mood | accomplished ]

hey guys i'm back from land of dorks (not a bad time though, see real journal for briefing). so i'm a bit confused, see i thought the induction was tentatively going to be on the 15th of nov....am i horribly mistaken? i hope i am because it wasn't until after the meeting that i realized that the gov. school reunion is on the 15th which would make induction hell to get to that evening. someone who knows for sure, please let me know ASAP (i'm a schmuck and didn't write it down).

in other news, i'm working on research for the show that we will maybe, possibly, perhaps see this year as a club...i'm thinking "arena" is winning right now for the place. i'll keep everyone informed though.

yes meeting on thursday...good good. i'm also going to plan a meeting (as the time draws nearer) partially devoted to me pushing theatre gov school on those able to attend. i'm also planning on a meeting for advocacy for the arts in which we write to delegates, senators, etc goading them to increase the per capita funding. (its only 32 cents right now!! less than a stamp!) we did it at gov school and actually got replies back, so the more we can send to one particular person, the more influential we can be (anyone else smell service hours there...?) so that's the tentative plan. :)

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