Thursday, July 24, 2008

My new job...again

So... after much drama (not the good kind) at my middle school last year, we decided I shouldn't return.

At the end of June.

That led to much anxiety on my part, a flurry of job applications for any position I could conceivably do, and my considering leaving the classroom.
However, I have now landed a dream job: a high school theatre program of my very own at a large school with wonderful facilities. I have a 50-ish seat "teaching theatre" which is my classroom, and a 1500 seat auditorium with full lighting, sound and fly systems. Granted, much of it needs love to really be awesome, but that work was started by the previous teacher. The VPA Dept Chair is the Choir Director, there is also a band program, a dance program, and strong visual/fine arts.

I need to pick a show for the Fall. We have the rights for South Pacific secured for Spring, and I'd like to do something light-hearted with a medium cast that could either contrast it or work thematically with it. I have sixty kids in tech theatre classes, so a big set is doable, or a set with multiple locations so I can play with the flies.

Any brainstorming help y'all could do for me would be greatly appreciated.


Thursday, July 10, 2008

Check-in Questions

Since my creativity often ran dry after a few months of trying to think of new short-answer questions, one of my goals this summer is to make a list of at least 180 questions for check-in. Rather than do it all by my lonesome, I thought I would tap into y'all's creativity. I'll get things started, but if you have any ideas, I'd love it if you added them on to the list in the comments.


P.S. Are the rest of you still doing check-in?

Questions for Check-In:
(Numbered to help me count, not in order of importance or whatever)

1. What's your middle name?
2. What is the date (and time if you know it) of your birth?
3. What is your shoe size?
4. If you won a round-trip ticket to anywhere in the world, where would you go?
5. If you could have any kind of pet, what would you choose?
6. What's your favorite restaurant?
7. What's your favorite movie?
8. What's your favorite book?
9. What's your favorite singer/band?
10. If someone made a biopic about your life, which actor should play you?
11. What would you title your autobiography?
12. What was the last song you listened to?
13. If you could choose, which superpower would you pick to have?
14. Who is one of your heroes?
15. If your mood affected the weather, what would the forecast be for today?
16. If you could paint your bedroom any color, how would you paint it?
17. Where do you want to live when you grow up?
18. What do you want to be when you grow up?
19. Name one person (famous or not) that you've had a crush on.
20. What's your favorite TV show?
21. If you were a shoe today, what kind of shoe would you be?
22. If you could choose any kind of transportation, what would you pick?
23. If you had to get a tattoo, what would you pick and where would you put it?
24. What's one thing you are afraid of?
25. If you had to be raised by some kind of animal, what would you like to be raised by?
26. If I gave you a million dollars to donate, what charity would you pick?
27. What was the last thing you bought?
28. What is your favorite kind of weather?
29. What is your favorite thing to drink?
30. If you had to dye your hair, what color would you pick?
31. What was the last risk you took?
32. If you could get vanity plates for your car, what would they say?
33. Share one piece of random trivia you know.
34. What radio station do you listen to the most?
35. What is the oldest possession you have?
36. What is one thing you still have from your childhood?
37. What was your favorite TV show when you were 10?
38. If I went looking for you at recess in 2nd grade, what would you be doing?
39. If you had a time machine, where (when?) would you go first?
40. How long and with whom was your longest phone conversation?
41. What is your favorite sports team?
42. What's your favorite sport to watch?
43. What's your favorite sport to play?
44. What's the best present you ever received?
45. What's the worst injury you've ever gotten?

Thursday, July 03, 2008


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