Parent-Teacher Conferences : October 26 & 27

Parents,
Please email me to sign up for a time to meet about your Lower School student during the parent/teacher conference days on October 26th and 27th. I will be available both days and can meet with you at your convenience. I look forward to seeing you at conferences. Thanks!
Erin Scully
escully@theoakwoodschool.org

Songs we are learning in Lower School

We Are the Children

We are the children, walking hand in hand.
We are the children, watch us as we stand,
For liberty and freedom, peace and brotherhood.
We are the children —- we stand for good

We are the future, setting our own goals,
We are the future, stories will unfold,
Of equal rights and justice, clear skies up above.
We are the future —— we stand for love.

If we work together hand in hand,
We’ll fulfill the dreams for which we stand

We are the children, leaders of the way.
We are the future, join us as we say,
“Believe in hope and promise, all that’s right and true”
We are the children, —–
We are the children,
We’ll stand for you.
We are the children —–
We are the children —–
—- the children of the world

We Will

Si ma ma – chi-ku-ah
Si ma ma – chi-ku-ah
Si ma ma – chi-ku-ah, chi-ku-ah, chi-ku-ah

As we walk away from fear,
As we try to find a way,
Life goes on all around us
And you’ll find you’re not alone.

As we wake from this dream will we see another day?
Is there hope, is there freedom that will lead me on my way?

We’ll move on, we’ll grow stronger,
We will sing another song
We will dream of a promise that will bring a brighter day.

Life moves on, keep on walking
There is hope in my soul.
In my heart, I am reaching and I’ll leave my fears behind.

We’ll move on, we’ll grow stronger,
We will sing another song
We will dream of a promise that will bring a brighter day.

Forever in our hearts, we will remember
As we stand united again.

We’ll move on, we’ll grow stronger,
We will sing another song
We will dream of a promise that will bring a brighter day.

Si ma ma – chi-ku-ah
Si ma ma – chi-ku-ah, chi-ku-ah, chi-ku-ah

We will dream, we will hope, we will reach, we will sing!

Ten Qualities that Influence Casting

We are often asked what directors look for when they cast shows.  Here is a list that might be helpful as you work to develop your performance skills, and prepare for an audition. If you need more help consider taking some Tutoring.

1.  Acting ability: A person’s theatrical “instincts”; believability as a character; versatility; willingness to try new things; and learned and developed skills that provide a broad intellectual and emotional pallet from which to draw.

2.  Vocal ability:  A person’s vocal quality, flexibility, and range.

3.  Musicality: (admittedly hard to describe) A person’s sense of ease with music in general and singing in particular; their intuition about and expressiveness through music.

4.  Dance/”physicalization”:  Dance skills, grace, and accuracy; a sense of control with the body and ability to use it in the service of a character.

5.  Preparedness:  How well presented the audition is — memorized, rehearsed, clearly thought out, and appropriate to the role/show for which a person is auditioning.

6.  Type: How “right” someone is for a given role — this is not simply a question of how someone looks but pertains more to their energy, how they hold themselves, and their all-around temperament.  (This is not a fixed thing —  it’s something one can work on expanding in themselves; some directors might see it as more fixed.)

7.  Chemistry: How the actor works or “connects” on stage with another actor or actors with whom he/she will be in relationship.

8.  Energy: A person’s energy level, focus and a willingness to invest in whatever it is he/she is doing on stage.

9.  Professionalism: promptness, preparedness, discipline, respect for directors and fellow actors; appropriate balance between confidence and humility; and an ability to collaborate with others for the good of the group.

10. Courage: Evident openness to taking direction and to taking risks, enabling an actor to venture into unknown territory and to be willing to appear foolish.