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HAIRSPRAY THEATRE TRIP

To help us in our preparation for our own production in June, we have organised a trip to see a performance of ‘Hairspray’ in Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire on Saturday 21st March.

This is not a compulsory trip but should be seen as a very good opportunity for the whole cast to familiarise themselves with the format and story of the show. Where we appreciate many of you will have seen the film version of this musical, we must stress that the stage show is quite different therefore all pupils would still benefit from attending this trip.

Details are outlined below. If you wish to join us on this, please see Ms Wallace for a consent form and return it as soon as possible. 

Date: Saturday 21st March 2015, 2.30pm performance
Venue: Stonehaven Town Hall, Aberdeenshire
Objective of Trip: ‘Hairspray’ The Musical
Time of Departure from School: 10.30am
Time of Return to School: 8.30pm (approx)
Transport Arrangements: Coach
Catering Arrangements: Please bring a packed lunch for the bus
Cost: £18
Pocket Money: As required for snacks etc.
Dress: Smart/Casual
Teacher in Charge: Ms Wallace

HIGHER DRAMA – MEDEA ESSAY PREP

Ms VE is off this week but here is an activity to help with your prep for the Medea essay – please complete in class and/or as homework. Due date – Wednesday 4th February – if you want it looked over before the prelim on Friday 6th!

How does the; white jump suit - bloody jump suit – boys jammies; contribute to the main moment of tension. Use the following breakdown;

The costume they wore looked like…

It contributed to the tension because…

The audience response was….

Any questions, post them here and we’ll help!

HAIRSPRAY FINAL CAST – OFFICIAL!

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AND WE HAVE A CAST!!!

Congratulations to everyone who took part in the auditions and to those of you who were successful in being allocated a principal role. Our Leading Ladies and Gents are as follows…

TRACEY TURNBLAD                         PHOEBE HEAP

EDNA TURNBLAD                             BRADLEY McBRIDE

WILBUR TURNBLAD                        OWEN THOMSON

PENNY PINGLETON                         TALIA BAGNALL

AMBER VON TUSSLE                       AIMEE HASLAM

VELMA VON TUSSLE                       ELIZABETH BARKE

CORNY COLLINS                               DANI FOY

LINK LARKIN                                       GEORGE BEAMISH

SEAWEED J STUBS                            SAM CAIN

MOTORMOUTH MAYBELLE          KARI WILLIAMSON

LITTLE INEZ                                         BETH CAIN

The roles below make up the ENSEMBLE. You will sing and dance in almost every number and there are still odd lines here and there to be given out during rehearsals.

THE DYNAMITES;

JUDINE                                                 BETH MCKENZIE

KAMILAH                                             CATHERINE CAMERON

SHAYNA                                                LAUREN DILLON

COUNCIL MEMBERS;     

TAMMY                                                 HEATHER DAVIDSON

BRAD                                                     FINLAY GORDON

FENDER                                                MABEL GREEN

BRENDA                                                ERIN SMITH

SKETCH                                                 MAISIE CHARTERIS

SHELLEY                                               AINE MACDONALD

IQ                                                             ROSS HALKETT

LOU ANN                                               VICKY MACRAE

DANCERS;

CHLOE INNES, CAITLIN KENLEY, CHLOE MACLEAN, ANNA THOMSON

DETENTION KIDS;

GILBERT                                               IAN MACLEOD

DUANE                                                 JACK GREEVES

LORRAINE                                           CHANTELLE ALLAN

STOOIE                                                 DANIELLE MCLELLAND

THAD                                                     KIRSTEN SIMPSON

CINDY                                                   MHAIRI SMITH

OTHER STUDENTS;

KIRSTY THOMSON, ABIGAIL MACCALLUM, GEMMA SORRIE, EMMA LILY GARDINER, ABBI FINDLEY

OTHER ROLES;

PRUDY PINGLETON                         KARLA MILNE

GYM TEACHER                                   CATHERINE MCNEIL

PRISON MATRON                              RACHAEL SIMPSON

INMATES                                            LEA LANGLANDS, ISEABELLA MACBETH

BEATNIK CHICK                                 HANNAH FINLAYSON

HARRIMAN F SPRITZER                  DOUGLAS TRAYNOR

PRINCIPAL                                            CHELSEA MACGILLIVRAY

MR PINKY                                               MATHEW SINCLAIR

PRISON GUARD                                   REUBEN GREEN

S1 and S2 pupils are still to be cast – please bare with us on this! There are limited parts for little ‘uns but we will do our best to accommodate some! This info will go out probably next week some time so keep an eye on the Daily Notices about that.

A full rehearsal schedule and commitment contract will be coming your way soon. Please attend the FULL CAST MEETING on Thursday at 1.15 in room 63 (Miss Munro’s room) to get all the info you need. Full attendance is vital! (No S1 and S2’s yet…)

Team Building starts next Tuesday with a screening of the film on Thursday if you wish to join us (with popcorn, yes) We are currently arranging tickets to see one of the live productions being staged in Scotland so again, keep an eye on further information.

This is all very exciting and we can’t wait to get started!!!

HIGHER PRU HOMEWORK: DUE DATE MON 2ND FEB

Thus far, we have looked at the essay structure (powerpoint here —> TEXTUAL ANALYSIS ) we have looked at developing our analysis (powerpoint here —> pru analysis examples) and we have also looked at the variety of comments you could make ‘as an actor’ (powerpoint here —> as an actor…) That in theory is your whole essay!

With the prelim being on Friday 6th Feb, this homework task will be your last chance to attempt the essay in full. Please remember, in the exam you only have ONE HOUR for this.

Please answer the question below IN FULL and either TIME YOURSELF or RESTRICT YOUR TIME TO ONE HOUR.

“As an actor, describe five strengths and/or weaknesses of a character in your selected text. Explain in detail five acting concepts you would use to show these in performance.”

Providing you hand them in on MONDAY as requested, I will mark them and get them back to you before the exam on Friday so you know which areas to concentrate on. Any questions, see me asap!

HIGHER PRU HOMEWORK: DUE DATE MON 26TH JAN

This week – a little extra work on our selection of quotes and analysis of these.

Please select a character from the play and one trait for that character. Choose 4 or 5 relevant quotes that best highlight that trait and support your choice with extensive analysis and justification.

To help a little, here is a weak answer and super snazzy answer….these are genuine responses from anonymous pupils in the class. You know which one is best, and which one I will be looking for!

ANSWER 1:

Prudencia’s greatest strength is her bookish nature. It is a strength because we know she has a PhD; ‘Her PhD was on the topography of Hell’. This proves her bookish nature and is impressive so must be a strength.

ANSWER 2:

One of Prudencia’s greatest strengths is her bookish, well-read nature. We know she has an aptitude for studying as she has ‘a PhD on the topography of Hell’. A PhD takes several years of study to acquire so we can assume Prudencia has a passion for education, and the reading and research that comes with this. Her enjoyment of such becomes a significant strength in Act Two when Prudencia is trapped in ‘Hell’, which is depicted as a vast library in this play. Prudencia’s bookish nature allows her to actually enjoy her captivity in Hell, for the most part. For Prudencia, being trapped in a never ending library is a wonderful thing. When Prudencia first sets eyes on it she is amazed by the comprehensive collections; ‘It’s…just…heaven’. This is an interesting juxtaposition between how we perceive Heaven and Hell and it is this that allows Prudencia to become stronger as a character. Her bookish nature allows her to adapt to her new imprisonment well after she is trapped. She even uses her time to prove her colleague Professor Macintosh wrong – an empty gesture but one which she takes great pride in; ‘Take that, Professor Macintosh, shove that in your late-capitalist pipe and smoke it.’ By the end of her imprisonment, she feels empowered enough to stand up to the Devil and take her freedom back into her own hands; ‘Instinct took over and she just – just – fucking ran.’ All of this proves to us that she has made the most of her unfortunate situation, thus making her character trait a significant strength.

HAIRSPRAY CALL BACKS

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THANK YOU and WELL DONE to everyone who came along to the auditions for Hairspray the Musical. We are now in a position to call back individuals to audition for the principal roles. A list of these pupils is displayed on both the Music and Drama noticeboards.

Boys – call back on Wednesday 21st January, 3.30pm

Girls – call back on Thursday 22nd January, from 3.30pm, slots allocated

Ladies, please have a look at the song ‘I Can Hear The Bells‘ which you will be asked to sing for us. ALL gents who auditioned are required for a call back and should have a look at the song ‘Run and Tell That‘. You need to know the tune but DO NOT need to learn the words as we will give you these in the audition.

We are still on the hunt for some more boys – please don’t be scared to come forward, even if it’s something you’ve never done before! Alternatively, if you know of any gents who can sing but wouldn’t like to admit it, please let us know and we’ll hunt them down!

HIGHER DRAMA: PRU HOMEWORK

The Higher prelim is fast approaching so it’s time to get in on the essay action!!! (sorry….)

Our Pru question this week is;

“As an actor, describe five strengths and/or weaknesses of a character in your selected text. Explain in detail five acting concepts you would use to show these in performance.”

Both Higher classes are expected to complete an Introduction and Paragraph 1 only.  

Deadline for this is Monday 19th January.

Please use the PowerPoint resource for guidance – it reminds you of the magic formula and the snazzy vocab you can use to describe your acting techniques. Please use quotes (and reference the page number) Think about the practical exploration you did in class this week and use it in your answer.

Any questions, please see Ms W asap. DO NOT leave it until Monday morning!!!

POWERPOINT HERE ———->>>>>   TEXTUAL ANALYSIS

MUSICAL THEATRE HITS CULLODEN ACADEMY!!!

We are delighted to announce that after years of waiting, Culloden Academy are finally staging a whole school MUSICAL PRODUCTION! And that musical will be, drumroll please……..

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Initial auditions will take place on Thursday 8th January for anyone who wants to perform in this fantastic musical. The initial audition will be a workshop format where you will participate in singing, dancing and acting so no individual preparation is required yet. Staff will be observing carefully and making selections for individual call backs next week based on your performance so make sure you give your best.

Please meet in the theatre at 3.20pm and be prepared to stay until 5pm. This If you have any questions, please see a member of staff as soon as possible. Can’t wait to see you all!!!

Please note, there are LOTS of other jobs for those of you who don’t fancy being on stage – keep your eyes peeled for how else you can get involved.

ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL PUPPET PERFORMANCE!

PUPPETRY

At the start of this term, the Puppetry Club were busy preparing for their Halloween themed performance to Cradlehall Nursery. Three groups were formed, who began working on three separate stories for the children, from a potion brewing contest to a spooky castle, from pesky ghosts to dragons and witches.

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Personally, I was in charge of the shadow puppetry group and we all thoroughly enjoyed creating our own puppets and props for use in the performance.

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After a lot of rehearsing – two lunch times a week – we were ready for the performance. It was lovely to see just how successful everyone was. Every group brought something different and the Nursery children loved the performance so much so we have been invited back again.

After this success, the Puppetry club were faced with an even greater challenge; the Culloden Academy Music and Drama Showcase. The puppets were to act out famous lines from movies to introduce each section of the performance. The Puppetry Club were limited for time and had to work extremely hard to get it finished and they did not disappoint. The film clips looked spectacular and the feedback received highlighted this.

It is clear that the pupils involved have learnt a lot this term and have grown in confidence. It has been a pleasure working with everyone this term and Mrs Henderson, our Drama Teacher, and Mrs Gowans, our School Librarian, deserve much praise for their hard work.

Review by Senior Drama Prefect, Hannah Finlayson

SHOW YOUR SUPPORT FOR THE RED TEAM!

Congratulations again to our senior drama student, Natalie Peteranna, who won the opportunity to work with professional company, Jerusalem Productions, on a short film depicting a modern take on The Nativity story. The finished result is here – please show your support for Natalie’s team and watch it here. The more views, the more chance of winning!!!

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