Please read the attached document for details.
Hope to see you at this wonderful event!
Hello DramaWorks Group A & Group B, DramaWorks East & DramaWorks West:
Hello To All DramaWorks Participants & Families/Caregivers
We just wanted to update you as to what’s been going on in class. We are slowly moving into our Audition Time and encouraging all actors to do some homework in between class sessions.
This week we will be speaking with our actors during program about outerspace and we did some explorations around characters that aren’t human such as Swamp Creatures, Aliens etc. We also discussed the week before about different jobs and careers which inspire certain characters. We explored with jobs such as
Other Characters discussed and explored were:
Everyone has been really inspired thus far and many actors requested shows/movie suggestions relating to our theme. Therefore, some of the suggestions that have come forward so far are the following:
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY
MEN IN BLACK
We don’t expect everyone to watch all of these, but we do feel that these movies will inspire the upcoming work we are doing and it would help if the participants are familiar with them.
Thanks for your support.
We are excited about moving into our Auditions and encourage everyone to utilize the hand out we gave this week in order to prepare for our casual in-class group auditions in the coming weeks.
SAMPLE AUDITION LINES
DramaWorks Actors are now preparing for auditions. Please be aware we will not be asking actors to audition for a particular Character at this point. We will simply ask that each actor prepares for our group auditions by familiarizing themselves with the lines below. Please help your performer if need be. If s/he can memorize where possible, that is ideal, but not mandatory. While working in the group, s/he will then be presented with different emotions throughout the audition process. Our Staff/Volunteer them will then observe how the actors respond using only these lines. We will also be working with Status, which our Actors are familiar with. An example of high status would be a King or Queen (Important & very educated) or low status could be a Swamp Monster or Servant. They may also be asked to respond as if they are in a certain location as well. They are familiar with these terms and this process as we have done this in class a number of times. The audition process is not meant to be stressful or nerve wracking. It should be a very smooth and easy process. This is an ongoing process during this term, and ultimately everyone gets assigned a role!
ACTOR A: Who is it?
ACTOR B: It’s me!
ACTOR A: Come closer.
ACTOR B: I found them.
ACTOR A: Where were they?
ACTOR B: (pointing) Over there!
Seeking past and present DramaWay performers, staff, and volunteers to participate in interviews about their time and experiences with DramaWay.
Dear past and present DramaWay performers, staff, and volunteers,
My name is Becky Gold and I am a former DramaWay staff member/volunteer. I am currently a second year Master’s student at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. My research focuses on theatre and disability. For my thesis, I’ve decided to write about DramaWay and plan to explore DramaWay’s history, artistic practices and acknowledge the company’s contribution to Canadian disability theatre.
From October 25-27th, I will be visiting DramaWorks classes at Birch, Scarborough and Swansea, to speak to your class about my project and invite to you participate in interviews in mid-November. There will be no pressure to participate from either Danielle or myself. Participating in these interviews will be entirely voluntary.
I will be handing out consent forms for interested participants to sign and return the following week either in class, or they can be sent to me directly in the pre-addressed, stamped envelope that will be provided.
For any former DramaWay performers or facilitators that would be interested in scheduling an interview but are no longer attending classes, please feel free to send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org, and I will send you a consent form to complete and email back to me.
I look forward to seeing you all in a few weeks!
More details to follow soon, here is a little teaser creating by our fabulous Social Media Director Mila Shu.
And if you think that’s cool, you should check out these snapshots of a few of our costumes that have been completed.
Wonder if you can guess which characters will wear these fancy outfits designed and made by Costume Designer Lisa Taylor.