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Shanachie STARS
« on: September 12, 2015, 11:55:46 AM »
The Shanachie STARS is a weekly performing arts school, based within the Shanachie Theater, for children aged between six and sixteen, where they can learn to perform through singing, dancing, and acting under the tutelage of respected professionals within each field.

The semesters run concurrent with the school calendar, from September to June, with time off for school holidays. Classes take place each Saturday morning, from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon.

Classes are split into two age appropriate groups, where young people learn new skills in each of the complementary Musical Theater disciplines of singing, dancing & drama. We nurture the shy and apprehensive, until they find their feet and voice, whilst at the same time developing and channeling those with bundles of talent, confidence and energy. Every child has the potential to do something wonderful with their own thoughts and actions, and we aim to help them develop that potential as they grow.

Each child who attends STARS is also considered a member of the Shanachie Theater Company, and should children's roles present themselves, will be given the opportunity to audition, if they would like to perform with the Company itself. In addition, depending on the theater schedule, there may be a performance by STARS at the end of the school year, where the children can show off to parents and families what they have learned during the year.

Our teachers have volunteered their time and energy with great enthusiasm, and look forward to each and every session with our amazingly talented young people.

Acting Coach - Jonathan Granger


Singing Coach - Kaylee Bennett


Dancing Coach - Mataya De Luca


((Now for the OOC gubbins ... this is going to be a mainly vapored deal, open to all children characters, be they PC or NPC. Anyone with a character who will be attending, please drop us a PM with the name/s and age/s, so we can put together a roll call of who is taking part. We hope people enjoy it!))
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Re: Shanachie STARS
« Reply #1 on: September 20, 2015, 03:52:15 AM »
September-December Semester 2015

Ages 11 - 16
Felicity Storm
Thom Garland
Doran Ilnaren
Laurel Wystren
Robert Mallory

Ages 6 - 10
Margaret Lassiter
Lila Granger
Mairead Harker
Catie Harker
Rick Harker
Daisy Marlowe


Order of classes

The younger group start with one hour of dance, followed by one hour of drama, and finishing with an hour of singing.

The elder group start with drama, followed by singing, and finishing with dance.

There is a short break between the second and third hours for light snacks and drinks.
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An Acting Icebreaker
« Reply #2 on: October 07, 2015, 08:20:34 AM »
An Acting Icebreaker
a sample lesson, ?What Are You Doing?? with Guest Coach Yas

At the beginning of her little lesson, Yasmin had the kids sit with her on stage. As was scheduled, she worked with the elder group first, then the younger group. She had them sit on the floor in a half circle with their backs to the audience while she faced them. When she would trade places with the kids later, she wanted to make sure that the one ?performing? would be facing out, subtly building up their confidence to perform facing the audience.

When she spoke to the younger group, she appeared in her fun bold sky blue skin color and wild, short white hair, wearing a short white dress, hot pink leggings, and white go go boots. As energetic as ever, she spoke with a slightly higher tone than her normal radio voice, similar to the over-eager children?s show actors. But when she spoke to the elder kids, she appeared in her Caucasian skin with a platinum blonde pixie cut, wearing a simple white t-shirt, dark acid washed blue jeans, and black ballet flats. She spoke to them with a frank tone, in her more normal voice, but her message to both was the same.

?Hey. You may know me as DJ Zazzy Yas, or some of you may just know me as Yas from working with me here on stage. You probably already know a lot about me, but I want to share with you something not a lot of people know about me... I get scared.?

?I?m scared every time I go on the air on the radio. I?m afraid that people won?t laugh at my jokes. I?m scared every time I walk out on stage. I?m afraid that I will be boring and the audience won?t like me. But it took me awhile to understand - It?s ok to be scared. Everyone can get scared and nervous before they perform. It?s what you do with that scary feeling that can help you, or hurt you. If you let that fear overwhelm you, you won?t be able to be your character. You won?t even be able to be you.?

?I have been told that the best thing I could do is to feel comfortable on stage, but you don?t. I certainly don?t always feel comfortable. I feel nervous right now talking to you.? She paused before continuing, ?But I don?t show it, do I? No, there is a lot to be said for the motto ?Fake it ?til you make it.? If I act comfortable, you think I am comfortable, even though I?m terrified. And that?s what our little game is going to be about today.?

?I like to call this game ?What are you doing?? I will start so I can show you how it works, then we will move down the line,? she said while pointing to the child at the beginning of the left of the semi-circle, then carrying her finger around until she reached the other end.

?I would say to the person before me, ?What are you doing?? and they might respond, ?I?m jumping rope.? Now I have to go into the circle and start pretending to jump rope.? She started jumping up and down in place, swinging her forearms in wide circles, and having her hands balled into small fists as if holding onto the rope handles. She continued jumping as she said, ?And you all will ask me, ?What are you doing???

?What are you doing?? Most of the kids replied, meekly.

Still jumping Yas replied, ?I can?t hear you over my rope hitting the floor...?

?What are you doing?? The kids responded more loudly.

With a smile and still jumping, she replied proudly and confidently, ?I?m rowing a boat!? There were a few scoffs and hushed laughs.

She stopped jumping and looked to the first kid. ?Now you come up and act like you?re rowing a boat, then you will have to tell us what you are really doing,? she said with a wink, going to sit in his spot. The boy came up into the center of the half circle and began bringing his arms up and out, positioning one hand under the other, as if holding a large paddle. He brought his arms down and back as if rowing. ?Perfect!? Yas continued, ?And together, we all ask ?What...?? She smiled again as they spoke loudly and in unison...

?What are you doing??
DJ Zazzy Yas for WHAM! 101.1FM ~ Member of the Shanachie Theater Company

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Re: Shanachie STARS
« Reply #3 on: October 23, 2015, 07:18:55 PM »
17th October, 2015


"No one's asking you to kiss him!"

As the group dissolved into giggles, Kaylee laughed, rolling her eyes as she leaned on her keyboard. Three boys and two girls between the ages of eleven and sixteen should not be this much trouble, she reflected, wondering if Mataya was having the same trouble getting this particular little group to dance within five feet of each other.

"All right, all right," she called for quiet, and within a minute, she had it, despite the occasional snicker from the teens in front of her. "We have six weeks here. So that is five weeks for you guys to learn the words, and the parts you'll be singing in the showcase we'll be putting on, and one to dress rehearse on the stage on the day your families will be coming to see the performance. Are we all clear on that?"

There was a muffled agreement as she picked up the pile of photocopies to hand out. "Mataya and I have worked together to pick a few ensemble pieces you can sing and dance to at the same time - all of them will be performed with the younger group, so you guys are going to be providing the harmonies," she warned them. "There are also three songs you'll be performing without dancing, only one of which will be with the younger group, and yes, I will be handing out lines for solos."

The look of pure terror on a couple of the young faces made her smile. "It really isn't as scary as all that," she promised them, seating herself at the keyboard once again. "You'll all be miked up for a start, so you don't need to worry about volume."

Her fingers caressed the keys before her for a moment before she picked out the starting chords. "So ... No Business Like Show Business, from the top," she declared, one hand gesturing for them to stand. "Lots of energy, let's see what we're working with here. The costumes, the scenery ..."
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Re: Shanachie STARS
« Reply #4 on: October 25, 2015, 02:16:00 PM »
First Lesson

"For those of you who don't know me, my name is Jonathan Granger, but that's a bit of a mouthful, so you can all call me Jon. I'm here to teach you all how to act. Now, acting isn't as hard as you might think. In fact, I'm willing to bet you've all done a bit of acting already at some point in your lives. For example, have any of you ever pretended to be sad or angry or upset, just to get your own way?" Jon waited to see if any of the six children seated on the floor in a semi-circle around him would be brave enough to raise a hand. "Oh, come now. No need to be shy. I'm not going to rat any of you out to your parents."

A few tentative hands rose in the air, and Jon smiled. There was a method to his madness, after all. "Good!" he exclaimed. "It doesn't matter what you did or why or whether it was successful or not. What I'm saying is, that's acting! It's as simple as that. Now, I'm sure all of you have played Let's Pretend at one point or another. That's acting, too! It's a kind of acting called improvisation. I know that's a big word, and I don't expect you to remember it. All it means is acting, but without a script. That's what we're going to do here today. Improvise!"

He watched as the faces in front of him lit up with interest, a few of them scuttling closer, as if they were impatient to have a go at this improvisation thing. "Now, I'm sure you all know the story of Little Red Riding Hood, am I right?"

Six young heads bobbed in affirmation.

"Good! What we're going to do is Play Pretend - or improvise - to tell the story of Little Red Riding Hood. First, we'll choose parts, and then you're all going to tell the story together. Whatever part you get, you're going to pretend to be that character."

One hand rose that belonged to a very familiar face, one that made her home at Maple Grove.

"Yes, Daisy?" Jon acknowledged the little girl.

"Rick is the only boy. Does that mean he'll have to play the Wolf and the Huntsman?" she asked, curiously.

"Good question!" Jon praised her with a smile. "Acting is about pretending to be someone else. Obviously, none of you are really a wolf or a hunter or a grandma, but you don't have to be! That's what makeup and costumes are for. The rest is all acting or playing pretend."

"Are we going to wear makeup and costumes today?" another student asked, curiously.

"No, not today," Jon replied. "Today is just about having fun. But later on, we're going to pick a skit or two to perform for your families, and we'll have costumes for that. The hardest part about acting is learning your lines, but we're not going to worry about that today either because today we are  ..." Jon paused a moment before giving them their cue. "Impro ...?"

"IMPROVISING!" they all shouted at once.

Jon beamed a delighted smile back at them as he climbed to his feet. "Awesome! Now ..." he said, grabbing hold of a paper bag that held six folded up slips of paper. "We're going to choose parts. Remember, this is just for fun, so no matter what part you get, there's no trading!"

Once all the parts were chosen, the whining ensued. After all, only one of them could play Red, and someone had to play the Wolf, though Jon was pretty sure they'd find playing the villain was just as much, if not more fun as playing the hero.

Somehow, he managed to calm them all down, and the real fun began. It was interesting to see them become the different parts, and once they got the feel for what they were doing, all he had to do was sit back and watch and make sure nothing got out of hand. They were still young enough that this came pretty easy to them all.

He had presented the older group with a similar lesson a short time ago, though he'd given them a more challenging skit to play with.

All in all, he thought the first lesson had gone well for both groups. He just might make actors of them all yet!
"All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players."

- Shakespeare

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Re: Shanachie STARS
« Reply #5 on: December 18, 2015, 07:27:35 PM »


End of semester show - 20th December, 2015

The Shanachie STARS are shining for one performance only! Come and see the first show put on by these young performers at the Shanachie Theater!

Tickets are free, on a first come, first served basis. Doors will open at 11:30 for a 12 noon start. Priority tickets have already been reserved for the families of the children performing.


Programme:

There's No Business Like Showbusiness - performed by both groups
Once Upon A December - performed by the younger group
An original scene written by Jonathan Granger, performed by both groups together
Sleigh Ride - performed by the older group
An original scene written by Mataya De Luca, performed by the younger group
Santa Claus is Comin' To Town - performed by both groups
White Christmas - performed by the older group
An original scene written by Jonathan Granger, performed by the older group
The Christmas Song - performed by the younger group
So Long, Farewell - performed by both groups

[size=9]((And so ends the STARS' first semester! Huge thanks to everyone who has gotten involved so far - the next semester will begin on January 30th, 2016, and run until 9th April, 2016. Anyone who wants to be a part of it, or has NPC children they'd like to include, please let me know via PM, with the ages of those children so they can be appropriately placed. Those already involved, let me know if you want to keep on and if your character needs moving up!))[/size]
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Re: Shanachie STARS
« Reply #6 on: January 30, 2016, 12:27:33 PM »
February-April Semester 2016

Ages 11 - 16
Felicity Storm
Thom Garland
Doran Ilnaren
Laurel Wystren
Robert Mallory

Ages 6 - 10
Margaret Lassiter
Lila Granger
Mairead Harker
Alexei Storm
Catie Harker
Rick Harker
Daisy Marlowe


Order of classes

The younger group start with one hour of dance, followed by one hour of drama, and finishing with an hour of singing.

The elder group start with drama, followed by singing, and finishing with dance.

There is a short break between the second and third hours for light snacks and drinks.

[size=9]((If you would like your character or NPC child either added or removed to the list, please drop me a PM! If you'd like someone added, also include the child's age!))[/size]
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Re: Shanachie STARS
« Reply #7 on: April 11, 2016, 01:58:15 PM »


End of semester show - 11th April 2016 - Children's Day

The Shanachie STARS are shining for one performance only! Come and see them shine out there in the open to celebrate Children's Day at the Wonderplex!

Tickets are free. Performance will begin at 12 noon. Priority seats have already been reserved for the families of the children performing.


Programme:

Nicest Kids In Town - performed by both groups
Born to Hand Jive - performed by the younger group
An original scene written by Jonathan Granger, performed by both groups together
When I Grow Up - performed by the older group
An original scene written by Mataya De Luca, performed by the younger group
Be Our Guest - performed by both groups
Circle of Life - performed by the older group
An original scene written by Jonathan Granger, performed by the older group
Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious - performed by the younger group
Time Warp - performed by both groups (audience participation expected!)

[size=9]((And so ends the STARS' second semester! Huge thanks to everyone who has gotten involved so far - the next semester will begin on April 30th, 2016, and run until 2nd July, 2016. Anyone who wants to be a part of it, or has NPC children they'd like to include, please let me know via PM, with the ages of those children so they can be appropriately placed. Those already involved, let me know if you want to keep on and if your character needs moving up!))[/size]
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Re: Shanachie STARS
« Reply #8 on: May 12, 2016, 10:34:58 AM »
April-July Semester 2016

Ages 11 - 16
Felicity Storm
Thom Garland
Doran Ilnaren
Laurel Wystren
Robert Mallory

Ages 6 - 10
Margaret Lassiter
Lila Granger
Zahan Anderson
Mairead Harker
Alexei Storm
Catie Harker
Rick Harker
Daisy Marlowe


Order of classes

The younger group start with one hour of dance, followed by one hour of drama, and finishing with an hour of singing.

The elder group start with drama, followed by singing, and finishing with dance.

There is a short break between the second and third hours for light snacks and drinks.

[size=9]((If you would like your character or NPC child either added or removed to the list, please drop me a PM! If you'd like someone added, also include the child's age!))[/size]
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Re: Shanachie STARS
« Reply #9 on: August 28, 2016, 10:01:54 AM »
September-December Semester 2016

Please note - Jonathan Granger is on paternity leave for this semester, but will be returning in January to continue his coaching. Carina Cox will be substituting for this one semester, together with guest lecturers as the mood takes them.

Ages 11 - 16

Thom Garland
Doran Ilnaren
Matt Foster
Cassiopeia Delaney
Robert Mallory
Margaret Lassiter
Lila Granger

Ages 6 - 10
Zahan Granger
Mairead Harker
Alexei Storm
Catie Harker
Rick Harker
Daisy Marlowe


Order of classes

The younger group start with one hour of dance, followed by one hour of drama, and finishing with an hour of singing.

The elder group start with drama, followed by singing, and finishing with dance.

There is a short break between the second and third hours for light snacks and drinks.

[size=9]((If you would like your character or NPC child either added or removed to the list, please drop me a PM! If you'd like someone added, also include the child's age!))[/size]
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« Reply #10 on: December 11, 2016, 10:26:13 AM »
And so the last STARS season of 2016 comes to a close!

There will be no independent show performed by the STARS this semester - they're working full time for the Shanachie Theater in the last show of the year, The Nutcracker.

Families may reserve up to five tickets free over the course of the run (to be redeemed for one show, or several), and further tickets will be offered at one third the usual price for family members who wish to see the show above and beyond that number. The STARS will be supervised backstage by the Shanachie Ballet professionals, who are absolutely delighted with them.

And don't forget, it's never a bad time of year to reserve a place in the STARS for your child! The new semester will begin on January 7th, 2017 - plenty of time to get your name on the list!
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« Reply #11 on: January 28, 2017, 11:21:24 AM »
January-April Semester 2017

Please note - Kaylee Bennett is on maternity leave for this semester, but will be returning in May to continue her coaching. Malena Blake will be supervising a series of guest teachers plucked from the Shanachie House Band for this semester.

Ages 11 - 16
Thom Garland
Doran Ilnaren
Matt Foster
Cassiopeia Delaney
Robert Mallory
Margaret Lassiter
Lila Granger
Zahan Granger

Ages 6 - 10
Mairead Harker
Alexei Storm
Catie Harker
Rick Harker
Daisy Marlowe
Martin Rogers
Lianne Rogers


Order of classes

The younger group start with one hour of dance, followed by one hour of drama, and finishing with an hour of singing.

The elder group start with drama, followed by singing, and finishing with dance.

There is a short break between the second and third hours for light snacks and drinks.

((If you would like your character or NPC child either added or removed to the list, please drop me a PM! If you'd like someone added, also include the child's age!))
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Re: Shanachie STARS
« Reply #12 on: September 17, 2017, 10:18:19 AM »
September-December Semester 2017

Please note - Miranda Granger-Bennett will be giving a series of guest lectures on costume design this semester.

Ages 11 - 16
Thom Garland
Doran Ilnaren
Matt Foster
Cassiopeia Delaney
Penny
Robert Mallory
Margaret Lassiter
Lila Granger
Zahan Granger

Ages 6 - 10
Mairead Harker
Alexei Storm
Catie Harker
Rick Harker
Daisy Marlowe
Martin Rogers
Lianne Rogers


Order of classes


The younger group start with one hour of dance, followed by one hour of drama, and finishing with an hour of singing.

The elder group start with drama, followed by singing, and finishing with dance.

There is a short break between the second and third hours for light snacks and drinks.

((If you would like your character or NPC child either added or removed to the list, please drop me a PM! If you'd like someone added, also include the child's age!))
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Re: Shanachie STARS
« Reply #13 on: November 23, 2017, 01:06:05 PM »
Giving lectures was a very loose description for what Miranda was doing at STARS on Saturday mornings. Children weren't interested in lectures, after all. What they wanted was to have fun, and so Miranda had gone through the Shanachie's costumes in search of some she could share with both groups.

Lecture schmecture. Miranda's first session with the STARS was more like playing dress up. Before she taught them anything about how costumes were designed and created, she wanted to spark their imagination and sense of creativity. She let them try on the costumes and pretend to be whoever they wanted to be.

She then asked each of them about their favorite story and character and what kind of costume they thought that character might wear. She supplied them with art supplies so that they could draw on paper what that costume might look like.

And finally, she brought oodles of fabric and beads and sequins and all kinds of sewing supplies and let them take a crack at creating that costume, with help from the Shanachie's Costume Department. Those costumes would eventually be used in the STARS recital to be held at the end of the semester, but for now, it was all about having fun.
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Re: Shanachie STARS
« Reply #14 on: September 08, 2018, 10:17:07 AM »
September-December Semester 2018


Ages 11 - 16
Eluari D'Meron
Thom Garland
Doran Ilnaren
Robert Mallory
Penny
Margaret Lassiter
Lila Granger
Zahan Granger
Mairead Harker

Ages 6 - 10
Alexei Storm
Catie Harker
Rick Harker
Daisy Marlowe
Lyneth Granger
Peter Radcliffe
Beatrice Granger
Martin Granger
Lianne Granger


Order of classes

The younger group start with one hour of dance, followed by one hour of drama, and finishing with an hour of singing.

The elder group start with drama, followed by singing, and finishing with dance.

There is a short break between the second and third hours for light snacks and drinks.

[size=9]((If you would like your character or NPC child either added to or removed from the list, please drop me a PM! If you'd like someone added, also include the child's age!))[/size]
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