Monday, December 17, 2007


We had mixed results from the competition on Saturday, December 15, 2007. I'm proud of each of you for competing and for the progress you've made. Sometimes, though, other student competitors are also making progress, so your standings don't improve and even sink.

Here's how we did:

Mime: Jimmy & Victor--1st place
Solo Musical: Anna--1st place; Mariel--3rd place
Duet acting: Anna & Mariel--3rd place.

I have your ribbons, but haven't yet received the written evaluations. We can review those when I get them, and use them to do better next time.

Victor and Mariel have each crossed over the threshold line for being a Thespian (10 troupe points). Yay! Jimmy is making progress (and gets another point for watching SCROOGE!). With participation in the final two competitions, I think the goal will be reached and all of you will be inducted into the Junior Thespian troupe (a prerequisite for attending the ITS Festival in Lincoln, if you win at the competitions).

NEXT COMPETITION: February 2, 2008 at 1:30 PM at MHS.

Saturday, December 8, 2007

37. Next Thespian Competition & other news

The next Thespian Competition is set for 12/15/2007 at 1:30 PM at MHS, room D 101. Each of you should be rehearsing your competition piece(s). I'll try to schedule a meeting this week for a practice session.

In the meantime, try to come see SCROOGE, the musical. You will get one troupe point just for watching. If you want to do this cheaply, I can get you Thespian tickets for just $7.00. These are "standing room" only, and seats if the production is not sold out. You will get the dessert selection, which is what the ticket pays for!

SCROOGE is on stage each evening Tues.-Thursday 12/11--12/13 at 7 PM at P.I.C., and on Sunday 12/16 at 3 PM.

If you want the cheapest way to see the show, and help out as well, you can come to a charity production of SCROOGE on Friday 12/14 at KAGMAN Community Center, 7 PM. Cost is a canned food donation which will be given to Karidat.

Sunday, December 2, 2007


Congratulations to all of the middle school student thespians who joined the MCS Theatre Club's production of THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS

I managed to get a few photos when you were on stage. My apologies that these aren't great. My apologies especially to Victoria and Lourence, because my photos of you didn't come out at all, and all I have are a few of the group shots.

You can see more photos of the entire production on my personal blog Saipanwriter.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

35. Break a Leg--all that and more!

Break a leg to all the MCS Theatre Club students participating in this weekend's production of THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS.

Because of your grueling rehearsal schedule, and the excitement of the event, I haven't mentioned anything about the next Thespian Competition.

But for those who want to get a head start, it's scheduled for December 15, 2007 at 1:30 PM at MHS, room D 101 (or the cafeteria) again.

We'll try to meet on December 4, lunch time (depending on my schedule). And we may be able to have a prep session, workshop on December 7--which is a holiday.

So, again, BREAK A LEG. I'l see you at the NIGHTMARE. I'll be taking photos both nights and will post some here (if they turn out).

Tuesday, November 20, 2007


CONGRATULATIONS! MCS Junior Thespians once again rocked at the competition. And there are some surprises, especially considering the feedback I got after the event!

Jimmy Baik & Victor Sablan-Mime
Anna DLG & Mariel Ferrer-Duet Acting
Anna DLG-Solo Musical

WOWIE! That's a lot of first place winners. Congratulations.

Victoria Camacho: 3rd place-Solo Musical
Mariel Ferrer: 4th place-Solo Musical.

We still need students to compete in monologue. The high school Thespian competition is saturated in monologue, with so many students that talented kids are getting just participation points and not winning. But in the junior division, there's only been one competitor for each of the two competitions, and he naturally has won first place, just by competing! [You can view the entire competition results and the current standings by clicking on the TWPI matrix link at left.]

I'm encouraging any middle school student who wants to try competing to contact me. It's not that hard and it is FUN! Just ask the high school students who are competing in monologue.

Congratulations again to all of the MCS junior thespians who participated in this (second) competition. You did great!

Saturday, November 17, 2007

33. Thespian Competition--November 17, 2007

Congratulations to the MCS middle school students who participated in the Thespian Competition today, November 17, 2007. Our troupe 88799 ROCKS!

(L to R: Mariel Ferrer, Anna DLG, Victor Sablan, Jimmy Baik, and Victoria Camacho.)

I don't yet know your scores or places in the competition, but I'm proud of each of you for working on your pieces, and performing them. I loved that you sat together in the competition and supported each other. I loved that Mariel ventured into new terrain with solo musical. Each of you have shown a commitment and determination that makes you winners, whether you get blue ribbons or not.

And if you're at MCS middle school and missed this competition, don't worry. There's another one on December 15. It's never too late to take the plunge. Or come back and try again.

STAY TUNED for announcement of your results.

Monday, November 12, 2007

32. The Girls Prepped for the Thespian Competition

And afterwards, relaxed and clowned around.

REMINDER: Troupe meeting Tuesday at lunch, room A-205. According to today's Knight's Herald, that's room B-205. Check with Mr. G. for confirmation on location. We'll present our competition pieces, for practice.

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

31. News and Notices--Competition Practice Sessions

We had a good meeting today where we reviewed evaluations from the last Thespian competition and discussed how to use them to improve performance.

We also welcomed two students to the meeting: Tony and Sky.

Each of you should be rehearsing your piece for the next competition, set for NOVEMBER 17. You can either do the same piece you did at the first competition, or try something new. The same rules apply:

Solo musical--must be a song from a play or movie. One student; you must have an instrumental-only cd as your accompaniement. 5 minutes or less.

Monologue--must be two contrasting monologues from plays or movies; one student; total time must be 5 minutes or less.

Duet acting--must be a scene from a play or movie. 2 students with about equal roles; 5 minutes or less.

Mime--must be original story, mime only. one or two students. 5 minutes or less.

PRACTICE SESSIONS (Be prepared to present your piece):

1. Monday is a holiday. You are invited to my house to practice. Call or e-mail to set the time, or talk with Anna Rose.

2. Tuesday--troupe meeting at lunch period (11:30 AM). Room A-205.

No matter how badly you think you'll do, whether you've had enough rehearsal or not, come to at least one of these practice sessions. It will help! Better to make your mistakes in practice than at the competition.


Thursday, November 1, 2007

30 Troupe Meeting Notice

Next meeting will be Tuesday November 6, 2007 during lunch period.

Listen to the announcement at school for the room/location of the meeting.

Monday, October 29, 2007

29. TWPI Radio Show

This is your chance to be on the radio! Here's a notice from Mr. Easton, our Thespians of the Western Pacific Islands' chapter director:



Starting this Sunday at 3:00pm @ The MHS Studio Theatre (101D), a new “Saipan Radio Theatre” Project – Great Scenes from Western Theatre.
Scenes and Playwright Biographies will be recorded for Radio Station KRNM.
This can count toward NFL points, and the scenes could be used in Competition.
If you are interested – just “show up!!!!!


Your participation will also earn you troupe points. (I have to see how long each session is, but you'll get at least 1/2 a point and possibly 1 full troupe point for each session.)

Friday, October 26, 2007

28. CANCELLED-- NOTICE--Next Meeting

CANCELLED--due to retreat at Maturana.

The next meeting for the Junior Thespians, troupe 88799, is Tuesday, October 30 at 12 noon in the teacher's lounge!

The agenda includes distribution of ribbons and evaluations from the Thespian competition of October 20, 2007.

And we'll discuss the next competition, your choices for performance, and how to use the evaluations to improve.

If you're in middle school, but haven't yet participated in any of the junior thespian troupe activities, come to the meeting. (And read this blog for more information about us.)



This meeting will be re-set. Sorry for the inconvenience. I'll send your riboons and evaluations to school so you don't have to wait any longer for them. Check with your troupe president, Anna, if you don't yet have your envelope with ribbon/eval.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007


Yay! MCS rocked the competition.

Solo Musical:
1st place: Anna DLG
3rd place: Victoria Camacho

Duet scene:
2nd place: Anna DLG & Mariel Ferrer

1st place: Jimmy Baik and Victor Sablan
2nd place: Lourence Camacho and Kevin Kim

You can see all of the competition results here.

P.S. Victoria--remember how I said you should really go for Monologue? There was only ONE competitor in monologue! You would have gotten at least a 2nd place if you had just competed! Oh well!

Sunday, October 21, 2007

26. Congratulations!

Congratulations to our seven middle schoolers who competed in the first Thespian Competition!

Jimmy Baik
Lourence Camacho
Victoria Camacho
Anna Deleon Guerrero
Mariel Ferrer
Kevin Kim
Victor Sablan

You guys ROCKED! I'm impressed that you summoned up the courage to compete in a room filled with other middle and high school students from around Saipan, with various parents and a panel of three adult judges! It was almost like American Idol!

I don't yet know the competition results, but no matter where you placed in the competition, you should feel great about your efforts, talent and achievement in participating.

The next competition is November 17, 2007, at 1 PM at MHS, Room D-101.

We'll meet when I get your ribbons (because I just know that you did well), and talk about what you can do next.

Monday, October 15, 2007


QUICK UPDATE: Theatre Sports Friday morning, October 19, with Mr. G! This is a special activity period (because Mass is cancelled due to a funeral). Troupe members--please participate and HAVE FUN!

1. Thespian Competition Saturday at MHS Room D-101. Sign up starts at 1PM; competition starts at 1:30 PM. If you need a ride, let me know. I can ride you from MCS after NIGHTMARE practice, if you want. (And make sure you get some lunch.) You'll be working on Competition Points by participating.

If you just want to watch (Angeliya and Ginny!), please feel free to come and support your troupe members, and get comfortable with the competitions so that next year, you can compete, too.

2. Another play on stage this weekend: “SISTERS ROSENSWEIG”, a Wendy Wasserstein comedy about contemporary family issues. It will be performed at the Pacific Island Club on October 19th and 20th at 7 PM and on the 21st at 3 PM. The show costs $12 for adult FOA members, $15 for non-members, $10 for all children 4 through 11 years of age, and no charge for under 4 years. The price will include a selection of beverages and a dessert plate. (For the adults--There will also be an open bar at reduced prices.)

MCS Troupe members--If you want a TWPI discount, tell me and I'll get your tickets for just $6.00 each. If you attend, you'll get 1 troupe point (towards your induction goal of 10).

3. Other news: Auditions for Friends of the Arts production of SCROOGE are set for Monday, October 22 at MHS room D 101 from 6PM to 9 PM.

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

24. Meeting Notice & Photos

Next meeting is October 4, 2007 at 12 noon. I'm hoping this will be in Mr. G's classroom (B-102), but I'm waiting for confirmation. We'll be working on three things:

1. finalizing our script/song choices (monologue, duo, solo musical) for the first Thespian competition set for October 20;
2. brainstorming ideas for mime "stories" for the first Thespian competition; and
3. practicing introductions for the competition.

On Tuesday after school, the troupe had fun with the mime workshop, learning some basics about liquids; the 'framed' world of doors, windows, tables, shelves; small objects; complex objects; handles; and choreography/coordination.

Here are some photos:
Mr. Harold Easton, Chapter director, instructs MCS students in the art of taking a sip of tea.

Victor Sablan walks through an imaginary door.

The students get a driving lesson.

Jimmy Baik and Anna DLG. drive while the other students ride along.

It's not so easy to get out of an invisible car.

Students coordinate their actions to catch a person jumping from a burning building.

Mr. Easton and Victor move a box.

Mr. Easton adds to the list of basic topics.

MHS Thespians Tommy Baik and Moon Hyu Lee demonstrate a story through mime.

Monday, September 24, 2007

23. Mime Workshop

Our troupe will have a mime workshop on October 2, 2007 from 3PM to 4 PM in room B-102. Any MCS student in 6th grade through 12th grade can come. I especially want the troupe members to be there.

The Chapter Director, Harold Easton, will present basics of mime. We hope to have a demonstration from MHS students Tommy Baik and Moon Lee.

This will be a fun time. Be prepared to laugh!

And of course you'll have the chance to ask questions, and possibly try out some moves yourselves.

Edit: Be sure to have your "After School Permission Form" signed by your parent or guardian. If you need one of these, see Mr. G.

A nod and a prayer for Marcel Marceau, the 20th Century's most famous mime, who died September 22, 2007.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

22. Points and Pointers

First competition is October 20, 2007 at 1:00 PM at MHS, room D-101.

You need 10 troupe points and a lot of competition points to win a trip to the International Thespian Festival in Lincoln, Nebraska, set for June 2008.

Troupe points: You need 10 troupe points to be inducted into the Thespian troupe. You get these points for activities and service. Come to a meeting, you get 1/2 point. Audition for a play, you earn 1/2 point. Attend a performance, you earn 1 point. Participate in any performance-type activity, you can earn points. If you are doing these things, just let me know. I keep track of the points.

Once you're inducted into the troupe, you're a member for "life," which in the case of middle school means until you graduate from 8th grade.

The Thespian troupe is an honor society, so the recognition is the first benefit of being an inducted member.

And you must be an inducted member to participate in the International Festival at Lincoln, Nebraska.

Competition points: In order to win a free ticket to the International Festival, you need to have the most competition points in your category, or win one of the extra positions as a high-scorer. Competition points are DIFFERENT THAN troupe points. You get competition points by winning at the competitions here in Saipan. For each competition,
first place gets 6 points
second place--5 points
third place--4 points
fourth place--3 points
fifth place--2 points
all other participants--1 point

The total number of competition points earned during the competitions in Saipan determines your competition standing.

The system builds in an incentive for those who participate in every competition. If you compete in every competition, you have a better chance of accumulating more competition points.

Pointers: Read through the blog. Check out the links on the left and others you find on your own. Ask for help from Mr. G.--he's the MCS drama teacher and he knows a lot of tricks that can help you. And most importantly, PRACTICE your competition piece.

(For those doing mime, try it out over and over again in front of your friends and family and see what works. Change it as much and as often as you want to. For everyone else, you need to know the script and stick to the script.)

Meeting dates: I'm looking at Tuesdays for meetings in October, possibly October 2 and October 16. Please watch the blog for news and if you have questions or opinions, feel free to leave a comment.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

21. Important Message about Competitions

The Thespian competition schedule is posted at TWPI Competition Schedule. It might be changed, but until it is, we should plan on being ready to compete on the dates shown.

We have a Troupe 88799 meeting set for September 20, 2007 at 12 noon at MCS Room B-102. Please be sure to come to the meeting and bring your suggested competition piece(s) with you. If you're doing mime, write out a short skit ahead of time. Edit, added 9/18/2007. If you want to see a mime skit from the national competitions, you can watch a you-tube video here: Mime of the Carribean. I also hope to have a lesson in mime for you in early October, taught by Hal Easton (Chapter director), with demonstration by Tommy Baik and Moon Lee (Saipan students who earned the highest rating possible, a "superior" in mime at the 2007 Festival).

If you don't have anything prepared for your competition choice--monologue, duet acting, mime, solo musical-- come to the meeting anyway. I'll have some extra materials (on monologue, duet acting and solo musical theatre) that you can select from for your first competition piece. Mime competitors will brainstorm ideas for original composition and performance.

I want to make sure each of you has a good chance at winning a free trip to the summer 2008 International Thespian Festival in Lincoln, Nebraska.

ANY MCS middle school student can compete. Now is the time to join. Just come to the meeting. It is important to compete in every scheduled competition, because cumulative points determine who wins the trip.

See you there.

Thursday, September 6, 2007

20. Meetings

Meeting today, September 6 at noon in the FACULTY LOUNGE. Wow!

Next meeting: September 20, 2007 (time and location to be announced). Save the date.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

19. A Post for High School Students

This blog is really all about Junior Thespians, but sometimes it's important to spread the word about what is going on in the high school Thespian troupes and our chapter, Thespians of the Western Pacific Islands. So this notice, although it doesn't effect any of the junior thespians of Troupe #88799 right now, is included here to let you know what you can look forward to in high school, and to pass the word about this event.

Thespian Meeting about college--notice from Chapter Director Harold Easton.
Each year the Chapter sponsors a brief workshop for Juniors and Seniors on the subject of College admission.

This is particularly important to our Thespian Seniors.

The presentation will feature our 5 Thespians who participated in the Junior Auditions at the ITS Festival this past summer. Our focus, therefore, is on those schools that have been recruiting our Thespians and accepting them into their Theatre programs.

However, much of the information is also relevant to admission to schools outside of the Theatre Curriculum. We expect that the workshop will at least help you in the following ways:

1. Provide a list of Colleges already being attended by some of our CNMI Thespians.
2. Provide a list of schools currently recruiting CNMI Thespians.
3. Procedures that we feel will insure a maximum potential for success in College admissions.
4. Raise your awareness of the value of the ITS Festival's Junior Auditions, summer 2008.

The workshop will be held in the MHS Cafeteria, on Thursday, September 6 @ 4:00pm.

Freshman and Sophomores are also invited to attend, but the focus will be on the Junior and Senior Troupe members.

Monday, August 27, 2007

18. Reminder-auditions

Auditions for MCS's production of NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS are set for Tuesday, August 28, 2007 from 3 to 5.

If you attend the audition, please sign in with Anna Rose Deleon Guerrero or Victoria Camacho (your troupe officers). You will get 1/2 of a point for attending the audition.

Thursday, August 23, 2007

17. An Abundance of Opportunities

Audition opportunities
1) The Thespians of the Western Pacific Islands (TWPI) had auditions yesterday for the Chapter Play, UP THE DOWN STAIRCASE, which will be staged in late September. Hurrahs to the two Junior Thespians from troupe #88799 who auditioned. A total of 29 students from participating schools across Saipan came to the auditions. Wow! If you're intersted, it's not too late. You can still be an extra on stage, help with the back stage workings, or lend a hand with publicity. Let me know (phone or e-mail) or identify yourself in the comments trail, here.

2) If that weren't enough, MCS Principal and Dramaturg Extraordinaire, Galvin Guerrero, has announced auditions for the annual school musical. MCS is staging THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS, and hopes to have a December production. They're starting early, though, so now is the time to express your interest. Auditions are Tuesday, August 28, 2007, 3 to 5 PM at MCS and are open to all MCS students.

A note about "points."
If you are in middle school at MCS and participating in these or other performance events, let me know and I'll credit you "points" that can be accumulated toward full (inducted) membership in our troupe. You get points for attending troupe meetings, going to auditions, participating in performances, and other drama-related, troupe-related activities.

If you win a spot to go to the International Thespian Festival in Lincoln, Nebraska this summer, you must be a full member. And it takes 10 points to get full memberhip. Also, it's good to have a lot of points for the honor, and because you can transfer 10 of them toward membership in Thespians when you get to high school.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

16. Tech Notes for the Chapter Play

This year's chapter play, UP THE DOWN STAIRCASE, has a stage set that uses a "platform," where characters pop-up, walk across, or suddenly appear out of it to say their lines. This will be a challenge technically-speaking.

Anyone who grew up in the 60's (that's 1960's) will remember a silly, popular TV show called Rowan & Martin's Laugh-in, which used a similar stage set design. So, for research purposes to help the techies, prepare to take a walk on the wild side (prepare to groan, because it's pretty bad humor-wise), and watch the following clips. (You'll find tech ideas and tech problems, too.)(Caution also: some adult humor that you can skip, please.)

Say goodnight, Dick.

Monday, August 20, 2007

15. REMINDER--Auditions for Chapter Play

This is a reminder that auditions for the Thespians of the Western Pacific Islands' Chapter Play is set for this week.

Director/Assistant Director
Monday: 8/20/07, 4 to 6 PM

Wednesday: 8/22/07, 4 to 6 PM

All auditions will be at MHS, Room D 101 (Mr. Easton's studio). See earlier post for more details.

There will be a Thespian party on Wednesday, 8/22/07 at 6 PM (after the auditions) at MHS. All Thespians, Junior Thespians, and students who are working toward full membership in their school's troupe are invited. There will be the silly awards for students (and adults?) for their talents and faux pas last year. :-) And there will be some food. Entrance cost: $3.00.

Friday, August 17, 2007

14. Opportunity for Junior Thespians

Saturday, August 18, 2007, there will be a public service announcement filmed at Susupe Beach. Sponsored by the Department of Public Health and called "Off the TV," the purpose of the television spot is to promote a healthy life-style, away from cell phones, i-pods, laptops, other computers, television and sedentary technology.

This is a chance for junior thespians to be on television. THERE IS NO PAY for the activity. And you need to have your own adult supervision.

If you are interested, come with swim wear, beach activity items, and a smile.

Saturday 8/18/2007
2PM to 5 PM
Susupe Beach

Thursday, August 16, 2007

13. Junior Thespian Meeting

Thursday, August 16, 2007; 12 noon, room B 102 (or as announced by Mr. Guerrero).

Topics for discussion:
1. election of officers
2. ideas for troupe activities
3. the Chapter play

So here are some notes on the Chapter Play:

Thespians of the Western Pacific Islands will stage UP THE DOWN STAIRCASE, tentatively set for the last week of September 2007. This is a 2-act comedy/drama, played lightly.

Students from all Thespian schools are invited to audition. I encourage every MCS Thespian and Junior Thespian to audition!


For cast (approximately 30 cast members needed):

Wednesday, August 22, 2007 at 4 PM at MHS, Room D 101.

For director/ assistant director (open to high school students only)

Monday, August 20, 2007 at 4 PM at MHS, Room D 101.

Students from MCS, grades 6 through 12, are encouraged to audition. The Chapter has a high priority for getting students from all of the troupes into the cast, so at least some MCS students will be selected if you audition.

How to audition:
For cast:
You need 2 short contrasting monologues (one drama, one comedy). Short means each should be about 2 to 3 minutes, at most. You should memorize them and act!

For director/assistant director:
You need to read the play beforehand. Both Mr. Guerrero and I have a copy of the script. You need to be prepared to answer questions: what is the play about? what roles are the hardest? easiest? what ideas do you have for handling the technical aspects--the lighting, sound, and especially the "platform."

Also note, director/assistant directors conduct the cast auditions on Wednesday. The Chapter Director is Harold Easton (MHS teacher). He anticipates high school students playing the teacher/adult roles in the play, and junior thespians playing the student roles.

Expect 3/week for the first week or two; 4/week for the next two or three weeks; and 5/week during the final week. (Subject to change as needed.)


Tuesday, August 14, 2007


All MCS Thespian members (Junior Thespians of Troupe #88799 and the high school Thespians) are invited to a meeting of the Chapter, Thespians of the Western Pacific Islands.

Date: Wednesday, August 15, 2007
Time: 4 PM
Place: Marianas High School, Room D 101.

The purpose is to talk about the Chapter play, which will be staged in late September. This year's Chapter play will be UP THE DOWN STAIRCASE, a comedy.

This is a chance for MCS students to work with students from other other schools in a stage production. And it won't conflict with our own MCS production, which will be held later in the year. So I'm encouraging MCS Junior Thespians (and Thespians) to come to the meeting.

I'll be there as our Troupe Director. Feel free to contact me if you want information or help.

Monday, August 13, 2007

11. Another Possibility

Wow! Another possibility for MCS (both high school Thespians and Junior Thespians) is to enter the USA Showstopper program. The 2007 winner (first ever) was Chaffey High School, a school with a Thespian troupe in California. And many of the runners-up were also high schools with Thespian troupes.

Here's the deal: USAWeekendReports

We could be next! Meeting teen stars, going to Disneyland, and otherwise promoting our great drama program.

Junior Thespians and all MCS students--THINK BIG!

Friday, August 10, 2007

10. New School Year-Welcome Back

Junior Thespians and all Middle Schoolers at MCS--Welcome or welcome back to Mount Carmel School.

The school year began for students on August 9, 2007. And Junior Thespians will be having its first meeting soon. Watch this blog for details.

Every MCS student in 6th, 7th and 8th grade is invited to come to the Troupe #88799 meetings and participate in Thespian activities. Our troupe is not just for actors and actresses. Artists, musicians, mathematicians and muscle are encouraged to join because they are also important in making productions happen.

We'll choose what we're going to do as a troupe this year.

Some possible activities include:
1. participation in the regional Thespian competitions. Winners in each category can win a trip to the International Thespian Festival in Lincoln, Nebraska in June, 2008 (provided PSS has funds for the tickets).

2. actor studio workshops. We can invite some of the talented actors, singers, and mime artists to give presentations and help us develop our (already awesome!) skills.

3. impromptu performances. We can have monthly performances at local venues, like the mini amphitheater on Beach Road by the pathway. This is a perfect place to practice mime, with a hat for passers-by to toss in coins!

4. behind-the-scenes / in-house competitions. Costume design and set design are exciting visual and tactile aspects of dramatic production. The senior Thespians have a regional competition in these areas, but there is no regional junior competition and no preparation (yet!) at the junior level. But we can have workshops and competitions to get our juices flowing and learn some basics early.

5. tech, fundraising, and other support for the MCS productions. We can, as a unified troupe, give special help to Mr. G. in the MCS plays this year.

As you come to meetings, participate in Thespian competitions, join in the MCS drama productions, and perform in your own venues, you can earn points toward full membership in the Junior Thespians troupe. And at the end of the year, we'll have another ceremony inducting new honorees--our new Junior Thespians.

For our seven already-inducted Junior Thespians (yay!), you can add to your point totals if you did any drama activities over the summer. Once you've reached 60 points, you get an honor bar to add to your card. Just let me know what you did, and have an adult (like your mother or father) sign off as additional corroboration.

If you have questions or comments, feel free to post them in the comments section.

Junior Thespians is an opportunity to perform, to learn stage and back-stage skills, to meet and participate with students from all over Saipan, and most importantly to have fun.

I'm looking forward to a fun year.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Monday, July 2, 2007

8. Photos of CNMI Thespians in the States

MCS junior thespian, Anna Rose Deleon Guerrero, took some photos of the trip to the ITS Festival. She says that no photos were permitted during performances or during the individual events, and when they were in workshops, she was too busy to take photos. So all of these are before and after the actual Festival events.

She flew into Wichita, Kansas, to meet with the students from the Forensics competition and travel with those who were also going to Lincoln to the ITS Festival. While there, they saw CLUE, the musical comedy.

Anna Rose Deleon Guerrero, Harold Easton, Mark Anthony Liban, Adelayah Mojica, Rachel Reyes, Richelle Denora, Mrs. Liban, at a theatre in Wichita, Kansas.

Of course, the students took breaks, shopped and ate.

Ryan Gutierrez (Harold Easton and Andrew Golden in background)

Anna Rose Deleon Guerrero, Joan Liwanag

Aisha Joyner, taking a break from shopping at Target.

Tommy Baik

Rachel Reyes, Moon Lee, Adelayah Mojica, all at Target, Lincoln, Nebraska

Anna Rose Deleon Guerrero, Richelle Denora, Jaythan Camacho

Johnna Lubuguin, outside their hotel in Lincoln

Richelle Denora, Johnna Lubuguin, at the hotel in Lincoln

Anna Rose Deleon Guerrero, Johnna Lubuguin

Tori Brown, at a cafeteria at University of Nebraska, Lincoln

Moon Lee, Akieko Dela Cruz, at University of Nebraska

Sunday, July 1, 2007

7. The International Thespian Festival-some news

MCS student Anna Deleon Guerrero participated in the ITS Festival, held in Lincoln, Nebraska from June 25th through the 30th, 2007. She, along with other students from the CNMI and elsewhere, enjoyed a feast of productions.

Here's a short list of plays that Anna saw at the Festival.

THE TAFFETAS, enacted by Norwin Theatre Club, Troupe 35493 (Pennsylvania).
MOON OVER BUFFALO, enacted by Klein Collings High School, (Texas)
ZOMBIE PROM, enacted by Floyd Central High School, Troupe # 1794 (Indiana)
BLACK ELK SPEAKS, enacted by Lincoln Southwest High School (Nebraska).
THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE, enacted by the ITS national cast.

Besides seeing some great school Thespian productions, the students from Thespians of the Western Pacific Islands staged THE GOOD DOCTOR, by Neil Simon, in the Howell Theatre. Anna was the "Selector" in the audition scene.

CNMI student Thespians who participated:
Tommy Baik
Royce Banados
Victoria Brown
Jaythan Camacho
Akieko Dela Cruz
Anna Rose Deleon Guerrero
Richille Denora
Dayanara Flores
Ryan Gutierrez
Aishi Joyner
Moon Hyo Lee
Joan Liwanag
Johnna Lubuguin
Jomanda Manglona
Adeleyah Mojica
Rachel Reyes
Nevin Salem
Ahjung Sin

Congrats to all.
Look for more reporting and photos tomorrow.

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

6. Amusing Glossary of Stage Terms (a/k/a Theatre for Dummies)

Thanks to Doom Houser over at Script Frenzy for posting this. Enjoy.

Stage Terminology for Dummies.
These Are just amusing stage terms for those of us who actually understand them.

For those of you that don't, this should give you a basic idea of how a play will run, and who does what... Sort of.

Eternity - The time that passes between a dropped cue and the next line.

Prop - A hand-carried object small enough to be lost by an actor 30 seconds before it is needed on stage.

Director - The individual who suffers from the delusion that he or she is responsible for every moment of brilliance cited by the critic in the local review.

Blocking - The art of moving actors on the stage in such a manner as not to collide with the walls, the furniture, the orchestra pit or each other. Similar to playing chess, except that the pawns want to argue with you.

Blocking Rehearsal - A rehearsal taking place early in the production schedule where actors frantically write down movements which will be nowhere in evidence by opening night.

Quality Theater - Any show with which you were directly involved.

Turkey - Every show with which you were not directly involved.

Dress Rehearsal - Rehearsal that becomes a whole new ball game as actors attempt to maneuver among the 49 objects that the set designer added at 7:30 that evening.

Tech Week - The last week of rehearsal when everything that was supposed to be done weeks before finally comes together at the last minute; reaches its grand climax on dress rehearsal night when costumes rip, a dimmer pack catches fire and the director has a nervous breakdown. Also known as "hell" week.

Set - An obstacle course which, throughout the rehearsal period, defies the laws of physics by growing smaller week by week while continuing to occupy the same amount of space.

Monologue - That bright, shining moment when all eyes are focused on a single actor who is desperately aware that if he forgets a line, no one can save him.

Dark Night - The night before opening when no rehearsal is scheduled so the actors and crew can go home and get some well deserved rest, and instead spend the night staring sleeplessly at the ceiling because they're sure they needed one more rehearsal.

Bit Part - An opportunity for the actor with the smallest role to count everybody else's lines and mention repeatedly that he or she has the smallest part in the show.

Green Room - Room shared by nervous actors waiting to go on stage and the precocious children whose actor parents couldn't get a baby-sitter that night, a situation which can result in justifiable homicide.

Dark Spot - An area of the stage which the lighting designer has inexplicably forgotten to light, and which has a magnetic attraction for the first-time actor. A dark spot is never evident before opening night.

Hands - Appendages at the end of the arms used for manipulating one's environment, except on a stage, where they grow six times their normal size and either dangle uselessly, fidget nervously, or try to hide in your pockets.

Stage Manager - Individual responsible for overseeing the crew, supervising the set changes, baby-sitting the actors and putting the director in a hammerlock to keep him from killing the actor who just decided to turn his walk-on part into a major role by doing magic tricks while he serves the tea.

Lighting Director - Individual who, from the only vantage point offering a full view of the stage, gives the stage manager a heart attack by announcing a play-by-play of everything that's going wrong.

Makeup Kit - (1) Among experienced community theater actors, a battered tackle box loaded with at least 10 shades of greasepaint in various stages of desiccation, tubes of lipstick and blush, assorted pencils, bobby pins, braids of crepe hair, liquid latex, old programs, jewelry, break-a-leg greeting cards from past shows, brushes and a handful of half-melted cough drops.
(2) For first-time male actors, a helpless look and anything they can borrow.

The Forebrain - The part of an actors brain which contains lines, blocking and characterization; activated by hot lights.

The Hindbrain - The part of an actors brain that keeps up a running subtext in the background, while the forebrain is trying to act. The hindbrain supplies a constant stream of unwanted information. Such as who is sitting in the second row tonight, a notation to seriously maim the crew member who thought it would be funny to put real Tabasco sauce in the fake Bloody Marys, or the fact that you need to do laundry on Sunday.

Stage Crew - Group of individuals who spend their evenings coping with 50-minute stretches of total boredom interspersed with 30-second bursts of mindless panic.

Message Play - Any play which its director describes as "worthwhile," "a challenge to actors and audience alike," or "designed to make the audiencethink." Critics will be impressed both by the daring material and the roomy accommodations, since they're likely to have the house all to themselves.

Bedroom Farce - Any play which requires various states of undress on stage and whose set sports a lot of doors. The lukewarm reviews, all of which feature the phrase "typical community theater fare" in the opening paragraph, are followed paradoxically by a frantic attempt to schedule more performances to accommodate the overflow crowds.

Assistant Director - Individual willing to undertake special projects that nobody else would take on a bet, such as working one-on one with the brain-dead actor whom the rest of the cast has threatened to take out a contract on.

Set Piece - Any large piece of furniture which actors will resolutely use as a safety shield between themselves and the audience, in an apparent attempt to both anchor themselves to the floor, thereby avoiding floating off into space, and to keep the audience from seeing that they actually have legs.

Strike - The time immediately following the last performance while all cast and crew members are required to stay and dismantle (or watch the two people who own Makita screw drivers) dismantle the set.

Actors (As defined by a set designer) - People who stand between the audience and the set designer's art, blocking the view. That's also the origin of the word "blocking," by the way.

Stage Right, Stage Left - Two simple directions actors pretend not to understand in order to drive directors crazy. ("No, no, your OTHER stage right!")

Friday, June 8, 2007

5. ITS Festival--June 25-29

The International Thespian Festival is set for June 25th through the 30th in Lincoln, Nebraska. You can read about it here .

PSS awards the top winners in the local competitions with travel vouchers to the ITS Festival. This year's CNMI winners (high school Thespians and middle school Junior Thespians) include:

Ryan Gutierrez
Johnna Lubuguin
Richelle Denora
Moon Lee
Tommy Baik
Joan Liwanag
Dayanara Flores
Tori Brown
Akiko Dela Cruz
Nevin Salem
J. Camacho

The last two are 6th graders from San Antonio School who won in the Junior Thespian mime competition! You can see the full results here .

None of the SY 2006-2007 winners are from MCS, because our students didn't compete for the full schedule. However, Junior Thespian Anna Rose Deleon Guerrero competed in all but the first competition and won a blue ribbon in the regionals. Her total score was not enough to get a free ticket from PSS, but she will participate in the ITS Festival at her own expense.

One of the goals for Troupe 88799 next year is to compete in the TWPI competitions all year long. We'd like to see MCS represented at the annual ITS Festival, where our students would participate in workshops and presentations in all aspects of theatre, enjoy the fun and meet other Thespian students from around the U.S. and world. The high school students can also audition for colleges.

This is a great opportunity for the new MCS Junior Thespians.

The categories for competition are monologue, duet scene, mime, and solo musical. Junior Thespians--be thinking about what you'd like to do next year. Feel free to use the comments section here for your questions and ideas.

And watch this blog for possible posts from Anna Rose about the ITS Festival.

Friday, June 1, 2007


Congratulations to the first MCS students ever to be inducted as Junior Thespians into the International Thespian Society:

Victoria Camacho,
Anna Rose Deleon Guerrero,
Chelsei Encio,
Xandra Peter,
Kassandra Snodgrass,
Frank Villagomez, and
Lee Ann Yarobwemal

Yay! The seven Junior Thespians are in the front row of the photo below.
The induction ceremony also included twelve high school students, who were inducted into MCS's Troupe 5690--Letitia Cabrera, Francine Camacho, Erlyn Dalan, Matthew Deleon Guerrero, Hazel Doctor, Jake Igitol, Patricia Matagolai, Ryan Ortizo, Angela Salas, Cyd Tribiana, Ruby Ann Venus, and Nicolette Villagomez. Pictured above, in the second row (except for Cyd who is in the front), along with MCS Principal, and Troupe 5690 director Galvin Deleon Guerrero.
Also to be inducted, but accidentally omitted in the last-minute rush of preparations, are Mayble Ayuyu and John Babauta, Beauty and the Beast. Sorry for the mistake.
Congratulations on the ITS honor.
Yay for the high school Thespians! You inspire the MCS junior thespians.

Friday, May 25, 2007

3. Waiting for Confirmation about the Induction Ceremony

The induction of our first members is tenatively set for June 1, 2007 on the MCS campus. I'm waiting on confirmation from Mr. G., who is inordinately busy at this time of the year. Stay tuned for the news.

Monday, May 7, 2007


Junior Thespians and all students are invited to join the first-ever Script Frenzy. (Young People's program is especially for you.)

See the Troupe Director if you have questions, or leave your comment here.

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

1. Mount Carmel's Middle School Joins ITS

Mount Carmel School has created a middle school Thespian troupe that is now chartered by the International Thespian Society (ITS). Troupe 88799 is for 6th, 7th, and 8th graders interested in or active in dramatic arts. The MCS troupe will join the other CNMI schools in our chapter: Thespians of the Western Pacific Islands (TWPI).

MCS Principal Galvin Guerrero organizes and directs the MCS theatre activities. This troupe will start with a groupe of students he has chosen for special recognition for outstanding participation in dramatic arts. The troupe director is a parent-volunteer (me): Jane Mack.

By being a member of the troupe, MCS middle-school students will get recognition for their theatre activities at MCS and in the community. They can also participate in CNMI-wide thespian competitions and activities. Each year, TWPI/PSS sends the students who win the competitions with the highest total competition-point count to the national ITS festival & competition in Lincoln, Nebraska. Troupe members who do not win can attend the ITS festival at their own expense. Troupe activities next year will focus on participating in the local competitions, and developing and recognizing our middle school drama students.

This blog is designed to be a forum for troupe members, parents, MCS students and any other interested people to find out about troupe activities and how to support our students.

Hafa adai and congratulations to the newest Junior Thespians at MCS. Look for the announcement of their names here.