Saturday, May 31, 2008

75. Troupe News-Induction Photos & Caesar "Review"

TROUPE NEWS: Nine MCS middle school students were inducted as junior thespians into Troupe 88799 of the International Thespian Society. The new junior thespians are Sung Woo (Jimmy) Baik, Lourence Camacho, Mariel Ferrer, Hope Gomez, Angeliya Lizama, Andrea Manese, Victor Sablan, Josie Santos, and Ginny Wu.
Troupe president Anna DLG., and troupe secretary Victoria Camacho helped with the ceremony.
Troupe member also came to support the new troupe members.
The ceremony was held before the premiere of CAESAR, the MCS theatre club's feature movie. We had to wait at the AMP visitors' center because of a minor screw-up in their scheduling of events. SIS had its 8th grade graduation ceremony scheduled for essentially the same time as CAESAR was supposed to be screened.
CAESAR: The SIS and MCS administration, teachers, students, parents, and friends worked out an amicable co-use agreement on the spot--with SIS going first, and agreeing to be as quick as possible (and still give due pomp and circumstance to the 8th grade graduates). The film-goers agreed, for the most part, to hang out in the lobby and chat, not too noisily, waiting for their turn.
I was impressed with Galvin Guerrero's easy acceptance and acommodation of the situation. Hal Easton, who came as the Chapter Director of the Thespians of the Western Pacific Islands, said that theatre people know how to roll with the punches, that the motto "the show must go on" is deeply ingrained, so that even students don't lose their cool when the power goes out in the middle of the show (as happened recently at the Multi-Purpose Center when the TWPI were performing their two one-act plays!).
And as for my impression of the MCS movie CAESAR:
Wow! It wasn't Hollywood, but it was good for a student production. The production choices worked well within the context of the movie--choosing a gritty "film noir" tone, using light and dark contrast for drama, using modified, ordinary English for much of the story but putting the words of Shakespeare in the mouths of the actors and actresses who could best pull off that level of powerful drama.
I loved the music used, although the sound was a little sketchy at times (going to loud, or too soft, and occasionally causing the actors' utterances to be inaudible or indiscernable). Some of the transitions (fades to black) seemed slow, but other transitions (cross-fades) were marvelous. I loved the use of different venues in Saipan to dramatic effect.
The story is well-known, of course, being Shakespeare. I liked that Brutus and Mark Antony were recast as women, and there was a slight love-interest aspect between Brutus and Cassius (gee, I hope I got that right. Between Letition Cabrera and John Babauta.)
This version of CAESAR will not win awards, drags a bit in the middle, and is clearly a student production, but it is well worth seeing.
Come and enjoy the show, and then take in dinner at the last Taste of the Marianas.

Thursday, May 29, 2008

74. Yay! Induction News!

Finally! We've set the induction of our Junior Thespians for Friday evening, May 30, 2008, at the American Memorial Park. The short ceremony will take place before the premiere of the MCS film, CAESAR.

Tickets to the movie are wending their way to our new inductees as I write this. (Actually troupe President Anna Rose is handing them out at school.)

MCS Principal Galvin Guerrero is searching for our framed list of Junior Thespians (misplaced in the move to his new drama room) so we can add the names of the 9 students getting honored this year.

Unlike last year (when we held the induction inside Mount Carmel Cathedral), there will be no roses or candles, but I should have something appropriate to the occasion and venue for each celebrant.

So bring your parents and friends to the movie, and let's all congratulate those who've worked hard this year with dedication to drama and theatre arts.

FRIDAY, MAY 30, 2008 AT 6:30 P.M.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

73. ITS 2008 Festival News & Notes # 10

Can't get enough? Want to hang out with kids from a different place?

Here's another opportunity from the Drury Drama Team:

We will be performing "Booby Trap", a short drama at the festival in Lincoln. We have openings for two small parts. One male and one female part is available. If you are interested, I would need a recommendation from your teacher. We will perform the play at the Carson Theatre in Lincoln on Wednesday at 2:45. You would be responsible to learn your part before the festival. We would have just one day to rehearse with you.I will be off line until June 2. Please contact me at

Dr. Len Radin
District Drama Coordinator
North Adams, MA

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

72. ITS Festival 2008 News & Notes # 9

Here's the promo for the ITS Festival. Obviously this was shot previously--as in ITS Festival 2007. Thespians of the Western Pacific Islands (that's us!) make important appearances: Look for a brief scene where the TWPI Thespians are on screen in their dressing room before their Chapter Select Showcase performance. And be sure to watch all the way to the end for those credits--more TWPI talent recognized!

ITS Festival 2008 is going to be fun, fun, fun!

Monday, May 19, 2008

71. ITS Festival News & Notes # 8-Chapter Select Showcase

There will be some fun shows on stage at the Chapter Select Showcase. These are less formal, less polished productions than those on the Main Stage, but you'll still get a chance to see some talented students giving it their all in presenting a wide variety of theatre.

WEDNESDAY June 25, 2008
2PM The Compleat Works of Wllm. Shkspre. (abridged) by Adam Long, Daniel Singer, Jess Winfield. Performed by Troupe 3161, Owensboro HIgh school, Kentucky.

3PM Faith County II, The Saga Continues--An evening of Culture--Romeo & Juliet Presented by the Mieola Society for Cultural Recognition, by Mark Landon Smith. Performed by TWPI, Saipan!! (They've got this listed as an MHS troupe production on the schedule. But WE know the truth--it will be staged by our junior thespians! Hahaha! Those attending are going to think we've got the smallest high school students in the world!)

4PM A Doll's House is a Metaphor, by Patrick Greene. Performed by Troupe 1540, Parkersburg South High School, West Virginia.

5PM Honour, by C. Denby Swanson. Performed by Troupe 6055, Woodcreek High, California.

THURSDAY, 6/26/2008
2PM Final Draft--original script written and performed by Ponderosa High School, Colorado.

3PM Making Nice by Alan Haehnel. Performed by Pearl High School, Mississippi.

4PM Cut, by Ed Monk. Performed by Troupe 6325, Blue Valley West High school, Kansas.

5PM Crazy Eights, That Other Person, Baby Food, by David Lyndsay Abaire. Performed by Troupe 6641, Cypress Ridge High School, Texas.

FRIDAY, 6/27/2008
2PM Big Mary, by Mark Medoff. Performed by Troupe 6492, Community HIgh School, Michigan.

3PM 'Dentity Crisis, by Christopher Durang. Performed by Troupe 6730, Liberty High school, Nevada.

4PM This is a Test, by Stephen Gregg. Performed by 6338, Alma High school, Arkansas.

5PM The Zoo Story, by Edward Albee. Performed by Troupe 6977, Marion Franklin High School, Ohio.

SATURDAY, 6/28/2008
2PM Controlling interests (Terms of the Agreement), by Wayne Rawley. Performed by Troupe 5350, Westview HIgh School, Oregon.

3PM Instincts, by Jason Milligan. Performed by Troupe 106, Maconaquah High School, Indiana.

4PM The Compleat Works of Wllm Shkspr. (abridged), by Adam Long, Daniel Singer, Jess Winfield. Performed by Troupe 3676, Lewisville HIgh School, Texas.

5PM Wiley and the Hairy Man, by Alice Molter. Performed by Troupe 452, Clinton High School, Iowa.

Friday, May 16, 2008

70. ITS Festival 2008 News & Notes #7-Team CNMI

I should have posted this much earlier, but in case you've lost track, here's a listing of the CNMI Team for ITS 2008.

Name, School, Category, Type, Level

Baik, Sung Yul (Tommy), MHS, Mime (duet),Performance, High School
Dela Cruz, Miki Nadia, KHS, Solo Musical, Performance, High School
Denora, Richille. SSHS.Duet Acting.Performance,High School
Evangelista, Myrene, MHS, Set Design, Technical, High School
Gutierres, Ryan, SSHS,Duet Acting, Performance, High School
Lee, Moon Hyo, MHS, Mime (duet), Performance, High School
Lubuguin, Johnna, SSHS, Monologue, Performance, High School
Park, Kyoun Min, MHS, Costume, Technical, High School
Wheat, Matthew, MHS. Film, Technical,High School

Baik, Sung Woo (Jimmy), MCS, Mime (duet), Performance. Junior Thespian
Banados, Royce, HJHS, Duet Acting, Performance, Junior Thespian
Brown, Reece, SAEF, Monologue. Performance, Junior Thespian
Deleon Guerrero, Anna, MCS, Solo Musical, Performance, Junior Thespian
Flores, Dayanara, HJHS, Duet Acting, Performance, Junior Thespian
Sablan, Victor, MCS, Mime (duet), Performance, Junior Thespian

Chapter Director: Harold Easton
Advisor: Wesley Foster
Chaperones: Dora Miura & Shauna Brown

Departure Date: 6/21/2008
Return Date: 7/01/2008

69. ITS Festival News & Notes # 6-What's Showing on Main Stage?

EdTA lists these as the main stage shows. I've added links to help you figure out what the plays are all about (in case you don't already know).

Master Harold...and the Boys, by Athol Fugard, performed by The Westminster School, Troupe 3327, Atlanta, Georgia

Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, performed by the Las Vegas (Nevada) Academy of Performing Arts, Troupe 5273

James Still’s And Then They Came for Me: Remembering the World of Anne Frank, performed by Roosevelt High School, Troupe 5832, Seattle, Washington

Little Shop of Horrors, performed by Pennsbury High School, Troupe 830, Fairless Hills, Pennsylvania

Rent School Edition, performed by Bradford High School, Troupe 4982, Kenosha, Wisconsin

Proof, by David Auburn, performed by Ryan High School, Troupe 1417, Denton, Texas

Noises Off, by Michael Frayn performed by Salina (Kansas) High School Central, Troupe 639

James Leonard Jr.’s Anatomy of Gray, performed by Blue Valley High School, Troupe 4847, Stilwell, Kansas

The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds, performed by Randolph School, Troupe 4590, Huntsville, Alabama

The Diviners, by James Leonard, Jr., performed by Floyd Central High School, Troupe 1794, of Floyds Knobs, Indiana, and Silver Creek High School, Troupe 5151, of Sellersburg, Indiana.

Crimes of the Heart, by Beth Henley, performed by Tupelo (Mississippi) High School, Troupe 1949.

Chicago, performed by Pleasant Valley (Iowa) High School, Troupe 856.

I hope the CNMI team enjoys all of these productions!

Thursday, May 15, 2008

68. Some How To Mime videos

There's a new series of "How to Mime" videos on You Tube. They've been around about 3 months. They cover some of the same basics that Mr. Easton reviewed (like opening doors, lifting, driving a car, pulling a rope, a wall) with our troupe back in September, and add some other basic techniques (leaning, blowing balloons, sewing, brushing teeth, etc.)

So here are a few, but reallly, I encourage you to check them all out on You Tube.

How to Drive

How to climb a ladder

How to pick flowers


Wednesday, May 14, 2008

67. ITS Festival 2008 News & Notes # 5

Junior Thespians can look forward to college auditions when they are in 11th grade. It's never too early to be thinking about college. So here's a list of colleges auditioning at the 2008 ITS Festival, with their links. Check out some of these, just for fun!

*The American Musical and Dramatic Academy, AMDA, New York, New York
*The University of the Arts, UARTS, Philadelphia
*Chicago College of Performing Arts, CCPA, Chicago
*University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, UC-CCM
*Cornell College, Cornell, Mount Vernon, Iowa
*DePaul University, DePaul, Chicago
*University of Evansville, UE, Evansville, Indiana
*Gustavus Adolphus College, Gustavus, St. Peter, Minnesota
*The University of Houston, UH, Houston, TX
*Kirkwood Community College, Kirkwood, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
*Lindenwood University, Lindenwood, St. Charles, Missouri
*Loyola University New Orleans, Loyola, New Orleans, LA
*Marquette University, Marquette, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
*University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theater,
UM-Guthrie Theatre, Minneapolis, MN
*University of Nebraska-Lincoln, UNL.
*The New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts, NYCDA, New York, New York
*New York University/Steinhardt, NYU-Steinhardt, New York City
*University of Northern Colorado, UNC, Greeley
*Ohio Northern University, ONU, Ada
*University of Oklahoma, OU, Norman
*Otterbein College, Otterbein, Westerville, Ohio
*Penn State University School of Theatre, Penn State Theatre, University Park, Pennsylvania
*Rockford College, Rockford, Rockford, Illinois
*Saint Louis University, SLU, St. Louis
*Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, St. Mary's, Winona
*University of South Dakota, USD, Vermillion
*University of Southern California, USC, Los Angeles
*Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, SIUE.
*Southern Methodist University Meadows School of the Arts, SMU, Dallas
*Viterbo University, Viterbo, La Crosse, Wisconsin
*Wake Forest University, Wake Forest, Winston-Salem, North Carolina
*Webster University, Webster, St. Louis
*Western Michigan University, WMU, Kalamazoo, Michigan
*William Woods University, William Woods, Fulton, Missouri
*University of Wyoming, UWyoming, Laramie

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

66. Meeting Notice-PARENTS

There is a meeting for parents of students going to the states for ITS Festival, NFL, and NJFL.

Scheduled for Thursday, May 15, 2008 at 5 PM, at MHS Room 101 D.

Parents will get information about the trip, do a last check-through of paperwork (their initials may be needed on some forms), and get the necessary information about travel insurance.

Students--you need to have a parent attend this meeting. :-)

(Something like turnabout--as when parents must try to get students to go somewhere or do something...)

Monday, May 12, 2008

65. Congratulations to the MCS Mock Trial Team!

Great job at the national competitions!

The MCS team came in 35th place, out of 42. This may seem low, but each of the competing states/territories/countries is sending its best team, after selective competitions. So 35th place is good.

The CNMI has been sending teams since 2000. We've come in last place two times (2004)(2005), second to last place once (2000), and 3rd to last place once(2003). So go KNIGHTS! You rocked. You didn't beat the best CNMI record (24th place in 2002), but you did us proud.

And a special congratulations to Letitia Cabrera for an individual outstanding performance, too. You can read more here.

Saturday, May 10, 2008

64. Festival 2008 News & Notes-#4

The big feature at the ITS Festival in Lincoln this year will be the national cast production of HAIRSPRAY.

Want a closer look behind the scenes?

The Cast:
Tracy Turnblad- Sdyney Magers (IN)
Link Larkin - Jeff Zicker (NV)
Corny Collins - Brad Frenette (MI)
Edna Turnblad - Cory Thompson (GA)
Penny Pingleton - Allysa Schmitt (CA)
Velma Von Tussle - Natalie Wisener (AZ)
Amber Von Tussle - Molly Brynteson (CO)
Seaweed J. Stubbs - Julian Crider (NV)
Little Inez - Tarshiba Clark (FL)
Motormouth - Tetrianna Silas (GA)
Wilbur Turnblad - Jacob Porter (PA)
Prudy Pingleton - Becca Stewart (NV)
Mr. Pinky - Abraham Bobo (FL) [unconfirmed]
Gym Teacher - Amy Lamkin (WA)
Spritzer - Josh Houghton (OR)
Matron - Marie Robello (WA)
Nicest Kids- David Rossenberg (GA), Sam Lips (CO), Daniel Berryman (WA), Travis Peterson (GA), Charles Osbourne (NC) [unconfirmed], Jordan Cambell (KY), Olivia Lee Cope (TX), Marlea Jenkins (IN), Taylor Aldrich (FL), Kelly Peters (TX), Alexis Turbin (FL)

Dynomos- John Shockness (CO) Joe Maddox (IA) Jamard Richardson (OH)

Dynamites- Katherine Thomas (WI), Aisha Jackson (GA), and Tia Pinson (MI)

Assistant Stage Manager: Nikki Graves (NV)

Other cast/crew members: Nicholas Burroughs (AL), Kendal Tolle (TX), Brenna Larson (CO), Matt Palmitier (MI), Alexandria Payne (GA), Taylor Recktenwald (IN), Jenna Reyes (CO), David Rosenberg (GA), Jameson Sanford (AL), Danielle Statuto (SC), Lamont Whitaker (FL), Megan Bowdon (TX), Molly Browne (TX), Dennis Culpepper (CO), Daniell Grothus (IA), Kelsey Korona (OH), Jeff Ryder (IA), Rebecca Sheehan (TX),

Here's a profile of the student chosen for the role of Corny, the tv host.

Friday, May 9, 2008

63. CNMI TEAM rehearsals schedule

CNMI students going to the ITS Festival at Lincoln, Nebraska are REQUIRED to rehearse in preparation for the event. See schedule listed below.

Students will participate, representing not only your school (Yay MCS!), but also representing the entire CNMI. And because this excursion is paid for by PSS with hard-won grant money, students are expected to work hard to do a good job representing the CNMI (as well as have fun!).

Rehearsal schedule--starting May 19, 2008:
Monday: 4:30 to 6 PM (work on Individual Events Showcase piece)
Wednesday: 4:30 to 6 PM (work on Chapter Select/Freestyle productions)
Saturday: 9:00 to 11 AM (work on Chapter Select/Freestyle productions)

All rehearsals will be at Room 101 D, MHS.

Junior Thespians will be staging AN EVENING OF CULTURE, Faith County II, by Mark Landon Smith for the Chapter Select. If you were good, you were either in this, or watched it, at the recent TWPI production.

If not, you can read more about the play here.

See you Monday, May 19!

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

62. Festival 2008-IMPORTANT Notice

Come to the One Act Comedies (see last post), and then...

Let's Get READY!!!

Festival is set for June 23-June 28, 2008 in Lincoln, Nebraska, but NOW is the time to get everything in order, from travel plans to production prep.

MEETING--attendance is required of all CNMI COACHES (oops sorry for prior mistake) attending ITS Festival (and also for those going to the NFL or NJFL competitions).
DATE: May 8, 2008 TIME: 4:30 p.m.
PLACE: mhs room 101 D

This meeting is for COACHES (oops, not students!). There will be a meeting for parents along with students at a later date.

Saturday, May 3, 2008

61. Comedies-Theatre in the Round

TWPI students are learning about theatre-in-the-round and will be staging two comedies using this structure. Come be a part of the learning process. $3 for students, $5 for everyone else. And ENJOY THE SHOW!

Thursday, May 1, 2008

60. 2008 Festival News and Notes #3

Getting eager about the trip to the ITS Festival in Lincoln, Nebraska?

Here's an interactive map of the college campus. U.N. Lincoln map. Study it, play with it, have fun imagining how you'll get from one place to another!

It's all happening the last week of June.

What do you want to be in theatre? in life?