This was our last rehearsal and we were starting to lose members of our already limited group of kids. One was out sick, one’s parents could not drive them to the play, and the others seemed to be kind of hesitant about attending plus there was miscommunication about how the kids were actually going to get to the performance since somany of the students live far away from St. Joseph’s Villa. It was just a big mess.
This day we decided to bring some props to the rehearsal and the kids seemed to really enjoy it and we ended up having our most productive rehearsal since we started working with the site. It was good to see.
We pretty much did the same routine as last time with having the kids act as if they are on or off stage and practice knowing when to come on or off stage while reading their lines as well. We lost one of our students that decided that she did not want to participate anymore.
Today when we went to our sight we just continued reading over the script but added some stage positions and we had the kids sit down when they were not on stage since we were limited to a small room with a long table in the middle of it. The kids are slowly getting better but sometimes its still hard to maintain control of the group and keep them focused.
I was again not able to go to St. Joseph’s. Ben went and continued the reading of the script with the kids. He said that the kids had a hard time getting through the script in a timely manner so we are going to have to cut more of the script.
I was not able to go to St. Joseph’s this week but Ben went and basically just went over the script with the kids and tried to assign more definite roles but it’s hard because we do not know who is definitely participating or not yet.
That day was the second time we visited the site. We as a group came up with a list of rules about respecting one another, not talking while others are talking, and a no phone policy since that was a frequent problem during our last visit. We introduced these rules to the group then we listed characters that are in Act 3. We did a brief list of what people would like to be which characters. After this we went outside and played a game called Grandma’s keys. The kids seemed to really enjoy it wanted to continue playing even though it was to leave. We are still trying to see how many kids we will actually have participating.
On this day we were meeting with our group for the first time. It took a while to get started since the school is very spread out. The way that the school is set up is that there are many smaller “schools” on the campus known as St. Joseph’s Villa. The different “schools” include kids that are socially awkward in public school, kids that were unable to behave in any other schooling environment, kids with specials needs, etc. We had to stop at each stop at each school to pick up the kids that were interested in doing the play. Once we were able to get them all we had to bounce around a little until our contact was able to find a room we could use to conduct our introduction to the Shakespeare Project. The kids were very energetic. Three of the kids were excited to do the play while the rest did not really seem like they wanted to do the production so i was confused as to why they were there. They mainly talk to each other and were on their phones which distracted us from telling the group about the play and distracted the other students. We were able to cover the characters of our scene and the gist of what was happening in our scene as well as a summary of the play overall. As we left the site we were thinking of how to get a better handle on the behavior of the group as well as trying figure out how to go about starting the actually acting part of the Project with the group we had as far as casting.
Sorry for the late post. On this day we continued cutting the script with a focus on scene two due to how long it is and the long speaking parts of the characters. We also started talking about how we should go about casting and how many people we would need to conduct our act.
Today in class we finished cutting act 3 for now. After class we went to St. Joseph’s Villa for the first time. I was very surprised to find that it was not just one school building where all the classes were like I was expecting. The school is made up of many buildings that have different students in each one. I had never seen a school like this before seeing this one. Many of the students and faculty seem to be really excited about the play and the opportunity to be involved so we will see how it all comes together.