Music and Pizza, and a Teacher Packet

From Chuck:

November 12, 2010

We managed to find James' music list and finished pulling the music together. Some of the pieces are very beautiful. James had a gift for finding the correct piece of music. There's Tchaikovsky and a piece from Mozart's Magic Flute, the theme from the 1950's Robin Hood TV show, and lots of Georgian music. The kids know most of their lines, but the play is so big it's taking time to weave it altogether, but we are. We finished timing the two most complicated scenes, the ballroom for Arsena and the execution scene for Robin Hood (have no fear, he escapes!), and the ballroom scene looked so nice that we ran through a few extra times just because! 

The kids are getting excited, and I believe we've recovered from most of the damage. They haven't quit, which says something for adults and children. The lead for Arsena, Gaga, has picked up the pace, and Cotne, the lead for Robin Hood, has so much energy that he is carrying the whole Robin Hood cast with his drive. We didn't have our two guards yesterday because of a field trip, so the energy was a little low, but we did well. Guards, come back! They be back on Wednesday.

Technically, I learned so much watching James that I've managed to pull most of it off with Sarah and Jordan. Stylistically, Arsena is the serious piece and Robin Hood is all fun. It's a little bit of madness to try and pull off two plays at once, but we're doing it. Personally, although I've worked seven days in a row before, I've been pulling out the stops to finish this. Then again, it's been amazing to watch Sarah and Jordan. Without them, there is no way we could have continued. 

The kids have been working very hard to finish. We're pulling in all the little pieces, and we are doing it. That said, I'm looking forward to December 8! It's been gratifying to see us all pull back together. Yesterday, to celebrate, we had a pizza party. It can't be all stick without some carrot every now and then.

Fianlly, the teacher packet is nearing completion and includes activities for teachers and students who come and watch the play. It's free!

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