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26/9/10: A Best of luck wish!

To all of sixth class 2009-1010, wishing you all the best of wishes as you begin the new chapter in your lives.  Thinking of you all.  Have a ball! 

Am going to beging a tumblr with sixth class next year.  I am not going to be using this account.  You may continue to use it together as you have done in the past if you wish.  I will be unfollowing you all in the coming days.  I will also be posting my new tumblr account name on this site for non-sixth class followers who wish to follow the new account.  Please don’t sign up for it as I will have enough to do monitoring a new class’s materials - without keeping an eye on you lot too!! 

Again - enjoy secondary school!!


26/6/10: Slán Libh!!

Goodbye to my wonderful Rang a Sé 2009-2010!  Wishing you all the best!


18/6/10: Oh what a Show!!

Rang a Sé!

I’m so proud of you all!  You performed brilliantly today!  It was all a little rushed this eve as the show ran right till home time and I didn’t get a chance to really congratulate you all on your truly brilliant performance!  It was a pleasure working with you on the show.


16/6/10: Break a Leg!!

A great rehearsal today!!  Well done!! 

I’ve often heard the expression ‘Break a leg’ and have often used it myself - but never quite knew where it came from.  Here is the science:

Stage actors are a particularly superstitious lot — they don’t say “Macbeth” in a theater, they don’t whistle backstage, and they never wish each other “good luck” before a performance. This last tradition is a form of reverse psychology. They don’t want to tempt fate by talking about positive outcomes in advance. So instead, they tell each other to “break a leg.”

So while I’m telling you to ‘Break a Leg’ I’m also reminding you of our recent discussions of ‘The Power of Positive thinking’!!

Last thoughts before sleep tonight: ‘Thank you for the wonderful show we are going to perform and all the fun we are going to have’.


15/6/10: Something ‘Depressed Jester’ brought to my attention!! Improving your acting skills!

You could probably fill a library with all the books on how to improve your acting! So to save you a little time I have put together a list of 10 tips, that I hope, will help you the most.

* Know your script. Read, re-read and then read again, and not just your own lines. From this foundation you can go on to identify the reason for your lines, this will help you react with the right lines and make remembering easier.

* Listen actively, you should give the impression that what your character is hearing is purely of that moment. Resist the temptation to be quick with your lines, just to prove you know them, it is a conversation after all.

* Be brave, the quickest way to improve your acting is to realize that your first choice will usually be the easiest for you to do - not the best one for the part. Look beyond your initial choice.

* Learn to breath, practice 20 minutes a day. Inhale as deeply as possible and exhale for twice the amount of time you spent inhaling (i.e. inhale 15 seconds exhale 30 seconds). This will help pre-audition stress and stage fright.

* Be professional, turning up on time, or early, will give you all the warm up time and, more importantly, the space you need.

* This one might not be so obvious, avoid bad mouthing your fellow actors. This is not only good advice because eventually they will find out what you’ve been saying, but also the actors who are quick to insult other actors are the ones who blame others for their own shortcomings. If you always blame others, you will miss out on the opportunity to accurately evaluate your own performances.

* If everyone around you is loosing their heads - keep yours. If you find yourself in a situation where every piece of furniture is being chewed by your fellow cast members, hold your nerve and avoid the melodrama. Your performance will stand out like the calm at the eye of the storm.

* Act! The more you act the better you should get. Practice makes perfect after all. The more acting you do, the greater the number of actors and directors you will work with. This will help improve your acting by enabling you to find the truest way for you to develop.

* Improve your acting by making your colleagues look as good as possible. It might sound odd but getting the best from colleagues will reflect on your own performance and help you develop. It will also improve your professional reputation which, in turn, should mean you get more work.

* Finally, be thick skinned. You have to have the courage to stick to your guns when you think your right, even if you consider the criticism harsh, or are getting lots of rejections. Be honest with your self and be brave, most actors get rejected for most jobs most of the time! Thanks for taking the time to read his article, I hope it will help a little. Good luck


15/6/10: Show Preparation

Hi guys:

Well done on a good rehearsal today. I didn’t really have time to go over a few pointers with you all this eve before home-time:

Please have lines of all songs and personal lines learned off for tomorrow.

Please practice your voice projection - very few of you today projected your voice, with expression, as I would like.  It will be a terrible pity if we go through all this rehearsal and then our audience cannot hear what it is you are saying.  You all have a responsibility to each other to have your lines heard - if one scene isn’t clearly delivered then all the other scenes are affected as the audience just won’t know what is happening, they will have lost the thread of the story.

Please have any additional extras that you are supposed to have in school in tomorrow please - eg. books with decorated covers, glass vials, container to hold vials etc.  We need to be practising with all props at this stage.

Look forward to the show - have fun, be over-dramatic, just go for it!! 


15/6/10:  Art/Fabric and Fibre:

If you want to make your friends smile but at the same time keep warm in the cold winter times you should consider getting one of these knitted “beard caps”. They can be joyful for everyone whether on a ski vacation with family or a fun day out in the cold with friends.


10/6/10:  Music/Sport:

Shakira’s Waka Waka (This Time for Africa) Official World Cup 2010 Theme Song Video released

The official video of Waka Waka (This time for Africa) the official theme song by Shakira for FIFA World Cup 2010 has its video just released. This is the official song and will be played in the opening ceremony of the mega event in South Africa on June the 11th.


10/6/10: Left Brain/Right Brain

Left Brain  Right Brain:

Have you ever thought why some people can paint beautifully, but have difficulty adding two and two? Or why some people can understand the intricacies of calculus effortlessly, but struggle to write a one-page essay? It’s all about which side of your brain dominates -  the left or the right.

Here is a nice article which will explain the differences if you are interested in reading more.