Saturday, January 30, 2010

What a week!

A week with its share of sadness, but also elation, excitement, and hard work!

My family had two deaths this week. A beloved old aunt passed away on Sunday after a long illness, and on Tuesday morning a dear old friend succumbed after a short battle with cancer. This resulted in two out-of-town funerals, neither of which I could attend! :(

There was little time to be morbid though - my son and daughter-in-law (The Intrepid Travellers! See "Sean's Travel Blog" on my fave links.) arrived back in South Africa on Wednesday for a sojourn in their Land of Origin. We are hoping they have a good month and a half before they have to head back to the US, their jobs, and life as the rest of us mere mortals know it, with their adventures over the past 8 months only a savoured memory!

But on to Academy news, which is why I have this blog anyway, right?

First an update on Lebone Land.
Got a call on Thursday to say that someone has volunteered a new ceiling for the shed where we have classes! Pretty exciting! BIG THANK YOU whoever you are! Also the matric girls of Eunice High school have a Leadership Project every year, and thanks to some wonderful girls who are in Tuesday Youth Theater, they have expressed interest in helping at Lebone (Thanks Elri! We'll talk!).


Another big 'thank you' this week goes out to Mimosa Mall. I took part in an expo Thursday and Friday to promote cultural activites for young people. I found this method of marketing MOST fullfulling and exciting! My stall generated a lot of interest in the academy program, and it felt good to be able to engage face to face with people. I shall be very interested to see how this relates to actual student sign-ups in the coming weeks. I chatted with some of the organisers of the event, and it seems we might do this again next year...this time during the week before schools open.
I have to THANK both Roxy, and my daughter Hayley, for giving up their afternoons to stand in for me on Thursday and Friday while I went off to teach classes! LOVE YOU BOTH! (And yes, Hayley, Roxy IS all that and a bag of potato chips!! LOL!)

Have had wonderful response and enrolments at Brebner School. I have to make a second class somehow! So far all attempts at a second time slot have failed, but hang in there Brebner parents, I'm working on it!

So many new students arrived on Friday at my Combined studio that I think we may be able to split this term into a proper Lower and Upper Primary. Parents, I'll be contacting you this week to work a plan!


Saturday, January 23, 2010

Back at Drama!

First week of the year is done, and it was great to see all the old faces back, and some 'newbies' joining us.

The Upper Primary classes had a blast with this week's Improv - "Soccer Fever"! Very relevant, and very energetic!

Friday combined class showing how much they love being back at drama class!

An exciting experience for me was conducting my first class at Lebone Land (see blog entry regarding Christmas at Lebone Land). Twelve young people were chosen to take part in the weekly drama classes which I am giving in the big shed on Lebone property. This shed has seen better days! While its walls seem pretty solid, the ceiling and roof need work (hint-hint to anyone reading this who may have the means to renovate this shed. It is their only large gathering area, and is used for church, meetings, music classes, and now my drama classes too. It does need to be made more 'habitable'!!)

The kids of Lebone Land performing "Soccer Fever". Enthusiastically shouting for their favourite team!

A few more shots from this week's classes:

Wednesday's Fichardtpark studio. Drama Queen's and Action Men, all of them!

Universitas-Wes Youth Theater....always entertaining!

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Back to School!

2010 At last! Whether you've been looking forward to it, or dreading it, its here!

We are going to have a full year Academy-wize too. Our classes for 2010 are as follows:

Heuwelkruin NG Kerk, Lucas Steyn St, Heuwelsig.
Lower Primary - 15:30 - 16:30
Upper Primary - 16:30 - 17:30

Universitas-Wes NG Kerk, De Bruin St, Universitas-Wes
Combined class - 15:30 - 16:30
Youth Theatre - 17:00 - 18:00

Fichardtkruin NG Kerk, McCabe St, Fichardtpark
Combined Class - 14:30 - 15:30

Brebner Primary School
Combined Class - 13:45 - 14:35
(for Brebner School pupils only)

Lebone Land
15:00 - 16:00

Die Kuierhoekie, Cnr Kelner/Melville St, Brandwag
Combined Class - 15:00 - 16:00
Youth Theater - 16:00 - 17:00

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Two great students!

This is Amy Scott and Ntsali Khaketla, two St Michael's Girls School students who wrote Dramatic Art as a matric subject 2009. Both attained distinctions in the subject and I was privileged to have been their teacher through Grade 11 and 12.

Well done girls, you made me proud!

And how about that awesome practical program we produced? It was definitelfy some of our finest work!

All the best for the future!