Actor, Director, Stage Manager, Writer?
We have so much fun learning with our cast. So far we have watched them grow in confidence as they perform. We've gotten to see our students become more responsible as they take leadership roles in stage management, peer mentoring, technical theatre. And this Fall, for the first time ever, we will be staging a student-written one-act play.
For some reason, theatre promotes writers. Whether it's because theatre is about telling stories, or because we all want to re-tell the story from our own viewpoint, many of my students become editors or writers. It's totally organic...they all just have so many opinions. ;-)
I have had four (4) serious writers ranging in age from 8 years old to 16 years old in the little more than one year that we've been doing this. I'm defining serious as those kids who, of their own volition, handed me a script or scripts to read/edit/perform. I've also heard of a couple more who just aren't ready to share their scripts with me. I want to encourage all of my cast to become writers. I think it makes them better readers and actors to be the one trying to figure out how to communicate their own creations with others.
Learning together how to write and then produce a play start to finish allows us more of those life skills that so much easier to learn when the pressure is off. So I do try to take in, read, edit, and perform cast written scripts, even if it takes me a long time sometimes. I hope that the influx of scripts never slows down. I hope that I have so many that I need extra people to help me process them.
With that in mind, I'd like to tell you all about National Novel Writing Month...or NaNoWriMo.
NaNoWriMo is a program that helps writers set goals for themselves. As an adult, the task ahead of you is to write (and count) a 50,000 word novel in the month of November.
Now, I'll tell you, I don't really follow those rules. Because I don't always have an idea for a novel, I count all my creative words as part of my 50,000 even if it's a play, or a blog post or whatever. For me, those words are my creation, and while they aren't a cohesive novel, they also aren't a mundane email. I try to hit that 50,000 creative wordmark every November. Sometimes I manage, and sometimes I don't, but having a contest is super helpful with keeping my creative energy up.
They also have a contest for young writers. In that one, you set your own goal. Maybe you want to write 10,000 words in a month or 300 words (for you little guys). You (or your parent) can upload your words into a counter and it'll keep track for you how many words you have written.
Tomorrow, November 1st, starts National Novel Writing Month 2018. If you are a writer of any level, you should consider adding it to your November activities.
The link for NaNoWriMo adult writers is https://nanowrimo.org And NaNoWriMo for young writers is https://ywp.nanowrimo.org
Whether you do count your words in November or not, you should mark your calendars to come to our show November 30th and December 1st.
We can't wait to take you on An Appointment with Mystery, featuring Means Motive Murder written by one of our very own playwrights, Tabitha Thompson.
<3 Ms. Stacey