Dear families and students of Theatre Aquarius Theatre School,

Your teaching team wishes to let you know how much we all miss our time together!!!

I have been thinking alot about this isolation we are experiencing and what it means to the theatre and to the work we do. At first it seems as though it is the opposite of everything we have worked on! We have always put a strong focus on connecting, working together, and physicalizing our ideas- but now we are alone, in our homes. Then I realized, the social distancing that we are all participating in across the country and in many parts of the world, is in fact, an incredible effort of ensemble. It is the ultimate team work! And so I have had some comfort knowing that the principles that are fundamental to our work and learning together, are needed and applicable in this time.

We will come back together in a room to share our stories, to develop our ideas, to explore text and character, and as always create through teamwork and ensemble.

In the meantime, we have collected a few theatre resources for you to explore. If you have time, start a dance party with your family! Read a play! And remember we are all working together.

Jennie Esdale

Theatre School Program Director

Here is an assignment if you would like to create!

 

Write a short 1-2 minute story and utilize as many sound effects as you can!
Remember to include:
  • A setting/ time, place
  • a protagonist and antagonist
  • conflict
  • resolution 
  • What is each characters objective? (greatest want/ need/ or desire)
Record and send to us to jesdale@theatreaquarius.org

THEATRE RESOURCES

A couple of great videos to get you started from the National Theatre in London.  Check out this vocal warmup excercise and this detailed look at the art of improvisation.

Free Music Theatre Classes on Instagram

David Connolly is a Director, Choreographer and Educator who has helmed the Canadian regional theatre premieres of Kinky Boots, Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, Mamma Mia!, Disney’s Newsies and High School Musical. He has collaborated with artists including Katy Perry, Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber, Elton John, Sarah Jessica Parker, kd lang, Patti LaBelle and many others. He is a Premiere of Ontario Award of Excellence recipient and disability advocate, having been the only amputee to have ever performed on Broadway.

David Connolly is presenting a FREE Music Theatre Master Class series on Saturdays, Sundays and Wednesdays at 2PM on Instagram Live (@davidwconnolly) called “Matinee to Z.” Guests join to discuss topics that have so far included ‘Auditioning,’ ‘Body Positivity,’ ‘Choreography’ (with the Associate Choreographer of Jagged Little Pill) ‘Directing’ (with the Worldwide Associate Director of The Lion King.)  The informal chats last about 50 minutes and are aimed at keeping ‘quaran-teens’ imaginatively engaged in pursuing their theatrical dreams.

Script Reading

Check out these links to find some free play scripts to enjoy.  Featuring plays for younger audiences as well as Theatre Classics.

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Theatre for Young Audiences

Playscripts is home to some of the most cherished plays and musicals for your audiences. From popular children’s book adaptations (The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales) and classic stories (Peter Pan and Wendy) to brand new original material (Miss Electricity, Playscripts hundreds of titles for young audiences. 

While these scripts are available for purchase in paperback form you can read e-versions for free on their site.

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Project Gutenberg

Project Gutenberg is a library of over 60,000 free eBooks. Choose among free epub and Kindle eBooks, download them or read them online. You will find the world’s great literature here, with focus on older works for which U.S. copyright has expired. Thousands of volunteers digitized and diligently proofread the eBooks, for enjoyment and education.

The link below takes you to a selection of classic plays you can read for free.

Just For Fun!

Enjoy these awesome videos and stories that will put a smile on your face!

In this heartwarming video the cast of Hamilton unite over the internet to surprise a super fan who wasn’t able to attend the show. This video is a feel-good, must watch!

Corona —The Musical!

Staying busy while practising physical distancing isn’t always easy.  The young singer, from Toronto, is writing a musical — about the coronavirus.  Read the full story on CBC Kids News

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