Update 21 Sept: Classes this week: With the latest alert level update Wednesday Seniors will remain on Zoom but Thursday Juniors and Advanced will be at Blockhouse Bay Primary! Shrek starts from Saturday - see schedule in post below on this page.
Here is the latest update on ShrekJnr. For a class update - skip to the next newsletter below.
Kia ora koutou,
Thank you to those who joined us for our Zoom rehearsal on Sunday - it was great fun! We will meet again next Sunday in Zoom Land - however this time we ask that you tune in at your respective times to make it easier on your technological-disadvantaged directors….kidding! But this will allow us to focus on each of your characters and their worlds in more depth.
If you missed last Sunday or forgot your role feel free to email us at [email protected]
We will be setting up a Shrek Facebook group soon so watch this space.
1pm - 2pm FAIRY TALE CREATURES
2:15 - 3:15pm REST OF CAST
At this Zoom rehearsal please have your 1 minute character introduction ready to go! What you choose to include in your introduction is entirely up to you - just as long as you stay in character. You may want to use the tasks we set your individual groups on Sunday to help you.
If this seems a little bit overwhelming particularly for you Juniors, we can always Hot Seat (Interview) you in role as your character instead! For those of you who are in Chess and will not be able to make it, can you please film your introduction and send it in to [email protected]
If anyone has forgotten their role, their character provocations or are not sure which group they are in - feel free to flick us an email on
We look forward to re-meeting you as your character next Sunday!
Our Facebook Group, Kids 4 Drama Auckland, has a full newsletter you can download with all the song links to learn. We can't post those links on here so if you are not on facebook email [email protected] and we will send you the newsletter straight away.
Taylor & TJ
ALL CLASSES ARE PAUSED WHILE UNDER ALERT LEVEL 3.
UPDATE AS AT 24 AUGUST:
Hi All. Watch this space for updates this week.
There will be a Shrek Online Rehearsal this Sunday and you will find out casting. Drama classes will be online from next week. Times etc all to be confirmed in the next few days. Juggle juggle juggle :)
UPDATE AS AT 17 AUGUST:
We thought we would give you a quick update on where things are with Shrek and drama classes.
We do appreciate your patience. While we know this is separate to kids 4 drama, our production of CHESS was due to open next weekend so we have had to focus on moving that first so apologies for the delay.
Class wise, IF we move to level 2 next Thursday as anticipated then our Thursday classes will run under the same conditions the school set on us earlier in the year. Hand Sanitiser will be available, no one can attend if unwell or if they or any member of their household are self isolating and we must only enter through the library carpark gate. IF the school gates are locked we will unlock them 10 minutes prior to each class and again at the end. Our Wednesday senior class will start the following week unless our alert level changes before Wednesday 4pm. So in summary, if we are level 1 or 2 the class will run. If Level 3 gets extended we will move to an online class.
Now on to Shrek. We are gutted we just got started and had to pause and we are aware you are all waiting to find out your parts.
The good news, we will be continuing with Shrek and it will stage with the same dates. We will ensure appropriate level 2 restrictions around social distancing and hygiene is observed for rehearsals and obviously if we get plunged back into level 3 or 4 again later we will have to cross that bridge at that time, but under level 2 we can still run but with reduced audience numbers but its looking good to be level 1 by then.
The beauty of Shrek Jnr is that the show is just on an hour 20 rather than the usual two hours plus, so it can be rehearsed under a tight time pressure, we will just be tweaking our rehearsal schedule now to accommodate this, make sure you keep those school holidays free. Those in Chess can of course finish their obligation there even under the new dates you may end up with.
So it is all systems go for Shrek.
We appreciate cast want to know their roles, BUT we really want to be there with you to explain them all so you understand what your role entails. So sorry, we are going to make you wait just one more week. Providing we are at Alert Level 2 for Sunday the 30th of August then we will meet at Blockhouse Bay at 1pm for a rehearsal that day until 5pm. If however things change and we can’t rehearse that day then we will move it to an online session and will tell you all. Chess team, if you are rehearsing on this day, I will come to you in the morning.
One way you can help us in the meantime...
We will post up some song links EVERYONE should start learning. Don’t worry about what role you are just get really familiar with the songs so when we finally meet in person you already know the basics. These songs are in the post below.
Thanks to you all for your messages of support. These are very challenging times and while many theatres and schools are not staging shows this year we feel providing we can do it safely it is really important to keep the arts alive in your life as it will help with your own mental wellbeing.
Keep an eye on this page and our facebook group for more updates and a reminder as soon as we move to Level 2, classes and rehearsals will start.
Stephen, Miriam, Taylor and TJ