Tuesday, January 3, 2017

It's that time again! Chicago the Musical!


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Auditions for Chicago the Musical will take place on exam make-up day, January 24, 2017. Please note, ensemble cast members must audition this year with Principle and Secondary actors.

Principles Roles:

(Female Principles) Velma Kelly (Cicero - Cell Block Tango), Roxie Hart, Matron "Mama" Morton, Mary Sunshine (singer)

(Male Principles): Billy Flynn (lawyer), Amos Hart (Roxie's husband)

Secondary Roles:

(Female Secondary/Ensemble Roles) Mona "Lipschitz"/Ensemble Member #3, Go-To-Hell Kitty/Ensemble Member #8, Annie "Six"/Ensemble Member #9, June "Squish"/Ensemble Member #10, Hunyak "Uh Uh"/Ensemble Member #12, Liz "Pop"/Ensemble Member #13


(Male Secondary/Ensemble Roles) Sergeant Fogarty/Ensemble Member #4, Aaron/Ensemble Member #5, Martin Harrison/Ensemble Member #6, Harry/Juror/Ensemble Member #7, Fred Casely/Ensemble Member #11


(Either Secondary/Ensemble Roles) Court Clerk/Ensemble Member #1, Judge/Ensemble Member #2

Audition Requirements:
Song (selected by Mr. Price)
Scene (selected by Mrs. Jones)
Dance (choreographed by Mrs. Jones)

Special Note:
- Your song and scenes must be prepared in advance (you can pick up a script from Mrs. Jones).

- The dance routine will be taught the day of auditions.

- The song information is available here.

Guys: "All I Care About"

Broadway Version



Instrumental Version



Lyrics for "All I Care About"

[Girls:]
We want Billy
Where is Billy?
Give us Billy
We want Billy
B-I-Double L-Y.
We're all his
He's our kind of a guy
And ooh what luck
'Cause here he is.

[Announcer:]
Ladies and Gentlemen, presenting the silver-tounged prince of the courtroom, the one, the only Billy Flynn!

Billy:
I don't care about expensive things
Cashmere coats, diamond rings
Don't mean a thing
All I care about is love
[Girls:]
That's what he's here for
[Billy:] That's what I'm here for
I don't care for wearin' silk cravats
Ruby studs, satin spats
Don't mean a thing
All I care about is love
[Girls:]
All he cares about is love
[Billy:]
Gimme two eyes of blue
Softly saying "I need you" [Girls:] (with Billy) I need you
Let me see her standin' there
And honest, Mister, I'm a millionaire

I don't care for any fine attire
Vanderbilt might admire
No, no, not me
All I care about is love...
[Girls:]
All he cares about is love.
[Billy:] (whistles)
(girls hum..)

[Billy:] (spoken:) Maybe you think I'm talking about physical love. Well, I'm not. Not just physical love. There's other kinds of love. Like love of...justice. Love of... legal procedure. Love of lending a hand to someone who really needs you. Love of your fellow man. Those kinds of love are what I'm talkin' about. And physical love ain't so bad either.
(sung:)
It may sound odd
But all I care about is love
[Girls:]
That's what he's here for
[Billy:]
(Female chorus too:)
Honest to god
All I care about is love
[Girls:]
All he cares about is love
[Billy:]
Show me long raven hair
Flowin' down, about to there
And when I see her runnin' free
Keep your money, that's enough for me
I don't care for drivin' packard cars
Or smoking long, buck cigars
No, no, not me
All I care about is
Doin' the guy in
Who's pickin' on you
Twistin' the wrist
That's turnin' the screw

[Billy and (Female Chorus):]
All I (he) care(s) about is love!

Girls: "I Can't Do It Alone"

Broadway Version



Instrumental Version



Lyrics for "I Can't Do It Alone"

(Announcer) Ladies and gentlemen,
Miss Velma Kelly in an act of desperation.

(VK)
My sister and I had an act that couldn't flop.
My sister and I were headed straight for the top.
My sister and earned a thou a week at least, oh yeah...
But my sister is now unfortunately deceased.
I know it's sad, of course,
but a fact is still a fact.
And now all that remains is the remains
of a perfect double act!
Watch this!

Velma Kelly (to Roxie):
Now, you have to imagine it with two people!
It's swell with two people.

(VK)
First I'd -
then she'd -
then we'd -
but I can't do it alone!
Then she'd -
then I'd -
then we'd -
but I can't do it alone!
She'd say, "What's your sister like?"
I'd say man...
she'd say, "You're the cat's meow!"
then we'd wow the crowd again!
When she'd go -
I'd go -
we'd go -
then those ding dong daddies started to roar,
whistled, stomped, stamped on the floor!
Yelling, screaming, begging for more!
And we'd say, "Ok, fellas, keep your socks up,
'cause you ain't seen nothing yet!"
(Instrumental)
But I simply cannot do it alone!

Velma Kelly (to Roxie):
So what'd ya think, huh?
Come on, you can say...

[Roxie blows a raspberry]

Velma Kelly (to Roxie):
I know you're right, the first part's crap.
But the second part, the second part is really nifty! Ok...

(VK)
She'd go -
I'd go -
We'd go -
Then those two-bit johnny's did it around
to cheer the best attraction in town
they nearly tore the balcony down!
And we'd say, "Ok boys, we're going home.
But before we go, here's a few more partin' shots!"
And this, this we did in perfect unison!
(Instrumental)
Now you see me going through it
you may think there's nothing to it
but I simply cannot do it alone!


Ensemble: "All That Jazz"




Lyrics for "All That Jazz"


Come on, babe
Why dont we paint the town?
And all that jazz

I'm gonna rouge my knees
And roll my stockings down
And all that jazz

Start the car
I know a whoopee spot
Where the gin is cold
But the piano's hot

It's just a noisy hall
Where there's a nightly brawl
And all that jazz

Slick your hair
And wear your buckle shoes
And all that jazz

I hear that Father Dipp
Is gonna blow the blues
And all that jazz

Hold on, hon'
We're gonna bunny hug
I bought some asprin
Down at United Drug

In case you shake apart
And wanna brand new start
To do that jazz

Oh, you're gonna see you
Sheba shimmy shake
And all that jazz


Oh, she's gonna shimmy
Till her garters break
And all that jazz

Show her where to park her girdle
Oh, her mother's blood'd curdle
If she'd hear her baby's queer
For all that jazz

Find a glass
We're playing fast and loose
And all that jazz

Right up here
Is where I store the juice
And all that jazz

Come on, babe
We're gonna brush the sky
I betcha lucky
Lindy never flew so high

'Cause in the stratosphere
How could he lend an ear
To all that jazz?

So that's final, [Incomprehensible]
Yeah, I'm afraid so, kiddo
Afraid? Yeah
Nobody walks out on me

No, I'm no one's wife
But, oh, I love my life
And all that jazz
That jazz

If you have any questions, please see Mrs. Jones.

Friday, November 4, 2016

Beginning Theater - Hand Scenes

Check yourself! Do your hands reflect the emotional level of your character/inflection in your voice?




















Thursday, November 3, 2016

Black Box Dance Company Workshop and Performance

Thank you so much to Black Box Dance Company for providing our students and incredible dance experience this week! They learned a lot and had a blast!

Here is a video clip as well as some photos.













































Friday, October 21, 2016

Wahamba Nathi


Wahamba nathi, oh wahamba nathi (You walked with us, oh you walked with us)

Oh wahamba nathi, siyabonga (Oh you walked with us, we thank you)

Wahamba nathi, oh wahamba nathi (You walked with us, oh you walked with us)

Oh wahamba nathi, siyabonga(Oh you walked with us, we thank you)

(Repeat)


Siyabonga Jesu, Siyabonga ngonyama yezulu (We thank you Jesus, we thank you Lion of heaven)

Siyabonga Jesu, Siyabonga (we thank you Jesus, we thank you)

Siyabonga Jesu, Siyabonga ngonyama yezulu (We thank you Jesus, we thank you Lion of heaven)

Siyabonga Jesu, Siyabonga (we thank you Jesus, we thank you)


Wakhamba nathi, oh wakhamba nathi(You walked with us, oh you walked with us)

Oh wakhamba nathi, Siyathokoza (Oh you walked with us, we thank you)

Wakhamba nathi, oh wakhamba nathi(You walked with us, oh you walked with us)

Oh wakhamba nathi, Siyathokoza (Oh you walked with us, we thank you)


Siyathokoza Jesu, Siyathokoza kakaramba (We thank you Jesus, we thank you mighty God)

Siyathokoza Jesu, Siyathokoza (We thank you Jesus, we thank you)

Siyathokoza Jesu, Siyathokoza kakaramba (We thank you Jesus, we thank you mighty God)

Siyathokoza Jesu, Siyathokoza (We thank you Jesus, we thank you)

Wahamba Nathi music link

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Dance That Moves Clinic and Performance Auditions

Dance That Moves will be offering a dance clinic for selected Columbus County dance students. If you are enrolled in Proficient or Advanced dance you are invited to audition for the clinic/performance. Seven will be selected from our school. Numbers are based upon enrollment numbers in the Advanced and Proficient levels at each school.

Students who participate must commit to the dates below, highlighted in red. It will require a lot of missed class time but I think it will be a worthwhile experience. Let me know if you are interested in auditioning.


Information about the choreographer/company:

http://www.mpearsondance.com/



Schedule for Dance Clinic
Date
Activity
Time
Location
11/1/16
Rehearsal with HS Students
9:00-2:00
Arts Council
11/2/16
Rehearsal with HS Students
9:00-2:00
Arts Council
11/3/16
Performance for 8th Graders
9:00-1:00
Bowers - WHS
11/4/16
School Visit - ECHS AM WCHS PM
8:00-3:00
Various
11/7/16
School Visit - SCHS AM WHS PM
8:00-3:00
Various


Performance Video of Dance That Moves

Monday, October 3, 2016

Maya Angelou - Still I Rise




Still I Rise (full poem)

You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may trod me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I'll rise.

Does my sassiness upset you?
Why are you beset with gloom?
'Cause I walk like I've got oil wells
Pumping in my living room.

Just like moons and like suns,
With the certainty of tides,
Just like hopes springing high,
Still I'll rise.

Did you want to see me broken?
Bowed head and lowered eyes?
Shoulders falling down like teardrops.
Weakened by my soulful cries.

Does my haughtiness offend you?
Don't you take it awful hard
'Cause I laugh like I've got gold mines
Diggin' in my own back yard.

You may shoot me with your words,
You may cut me with your eyes,
You may kill me with your hatefulness,
But still, like air, I'll rise.

Does my sexiness upset you?
Does it come as a surprise
That I dance like I've got diamonds
At the meeting of my thighs?

Out of the huts of history's shame
I rise
Up from a past that's rooted in pain
I rise
I'm a black ocean, leaping and wide,
Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.
Leaving behind nights of terror and fear
I rise
Into a daybreak that's wondrously clear
I rise
Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,
I am the dream and the hope of the slave.
I rise
I rise
I rise.


About the Author - Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou was born Marguerite Johnson in St. Louis, Missouri, on April 4, 1928. She grew up in St. Louis and Stamps, Arkansas. She was an author, poet, historian, songwriter, playwright, dancer, stage and screen producer, director, performer, singer, and civil rights activist. She was best known for her seven autobiographical books: Mom & Me & Mom (Random House, 2013); Letter to My Daughter (Random House, 2008); All God’s Children Need Traveling Shoes (Random House, 1986); The Heart of a Woman (Random House, 1981); Singin’ and Swingin’ and Gettin’ Merry Like Christmas (Random House, 1976); Gather Together in My Name (Random House, 1974); and I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (Random House, 1969), which was nominated for the National Book Award.

Among her volumes of poetry are A Brave and Startling Truth (Random House, 1995); The Complete Collected Poems of Maya Angelou (Random House, 1994); Wouldn’t Take Nothing for My Journey Now (Random House, 1993); I Shall Not Be Moved (Random House, 1990); Shaker, Why Don’t You Sing? (Random House, 1983); Oh Pray My Wings Are Gonna Fit Me Well (Random House, 1975); and Just Give Me a Cool Drink of Water ‘fore I Diiie (Random House, 1971), which was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize.

In 1959, at the request of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Angelou became the northern coordinator for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. From 1961 to 1962 she was associate editor of The Arab Observer in Cairo, Egypt, the only English-language news weekly in the Middle East, and from 1964 to 1966 she was feature editor of the African Review in Accra, Ghana. She returned to the United States in 1974 and was appointed by Gerald Ford to the Bicentennial Commission and later by Jimmy Carter to the Commission for International Woman of the Year. She accepted a lifetime appointment in 1982 as Reynolds Professor of American Studies at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. In 1993, Angelou wrote and delivered a poem, “On The Pulse of the Morning," at the inauguration for President Bill Clinton at his request. In 2000, she received the National Medal of Arts, and in 2010 she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama.

The first black woman director in Hollywood, Angelou wrote, produced, directed, and starred in productions for stage, film, and television. In 1971, she wrote the original screenplay and musical score for the film Georgia, Georgia, and was both author and executive producer of a five-part television miniseries “Three Way Choice.” She also wrote and produced several prize-winning documentaries, including “Afro-Americans in the Arts," a PBS special for which she received the Golden Eagle Award. Angelou was twice nominated for a Tony award for acting: once for her Broadway debut in Look Away (1973), and again for her performance in Roots (1977).

Angelou died on May 28, 2014, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, where she had served as Reynolds Professor of American Studies at Wake Forest University since 1982. She was eighty-six.

Learn more about the poem's meaning here:
http://www.enotes.com/topics/still-i-rise

Choreographic Interpretation/Performance