Welcome to my blog, the benefits of blogging

Posted in Youth Theatre on September 29th, 2018 by jhaubrich

Hello, welcome to my blog, what are the benefits of blogging?
1. The first one definitely deepens your understanding and memory of knowledge.
2. When writing a blog, because you want to explain this problem to others, you must stand in the position of the reader to think about the problem, then you have a process of empathy, such as how to make a clear explanation for a person who does not understand anything. Problem, this improves the ability to explain something to others
3. When you find that your blog is read and someone likes you, you will be very happy and promote your writing. It is not far from your next one.
4. There are still some people who are careful to find the mistakes in your blog and point them out, which gives you a new harvest.
5. When you write the blog, you will find that you have slowly entered this circle, maybe you have met some people, maybe you haven’t seen each other, but you know them on the website and know that they are big cattle in this respect.
6. If you can keep blogging, it is also a kind of perseverance exercise.
7. When your blog is full of many excellent articles, it not only records the course of your learning, but it is also a good resume.
8. I think blogs are written for you. Many times when we forget a certain knowledge, we don’t know where to look. When you write enough, many times you can review on your blog, and thus greatly Save time
9. When you are old, look at your blog again, and you will be glad that you started writing your first blog.

Stealing Treasure

Posted in Rehearsal, Summer 2009, Youth Theatre on June 1st, 2009 by mtrainor

Here’s some insight into how Nutshell Playhouse (writer/director Don Jordan and actors Matt Colviello, Alexia Trainor, Wendy Walraven and Mike Trainor) create their theater shows for children:

Don says, “Okay – try this, Marx Brothers style …”

Matt, Wendy and I are three pirates looming over a pile of golden treasure. Matt grabs a big handful of treasure and stuffs it into his bag. Simultaneously, I grab the handful out of Matt’s bag and stuff it into my bag. At the same time, Wendy grabs the treasure from my bag and stuffs it into her bag. This continues until all treasure is plundered. Satisfied looks all around.

We check our loot. Matt and I are confused. Wendy seems happy.

“Make sure your hand goes into the bag at the same time as the one you’re stealing from … so when they go for another handful, you’re putting the treasure into your bag …”

You’ve seen these riffs before, for sure. They show up in everything from Loony Tunes cartoons to Marx Brothers to the Three Stooges.

Don gets a big kick out of these gags, and choreographing them. This one becomes kind of dance-like and stylized. It’s a celebration of this old joke, and of the style.

It comes out naturally. A typical rehearsal involves reshaping the show in some way – all in good fun. Don’s script hits all the plot points, and the actors and Don come up with riffs by ad-libs and goofing around (I wouldn’t call this part of the process “improv” – that would make it sound somewhat structured, which it isn’t). Someone does something funny, we keep it and tune it. That’s it. Or someone is inspired by someone else’s ad-lib and it grows from there.

Acting in these shows, I like becoming acquainted with this kind of humor. The jokes play with your perception – like the mirror gag in the vid below. They’re not just “jokes for children” either.

The beauty of using this style for children’s theater, I think, is 1) kids are seeing these great jokes for the first time and 2) parents get to rediscover this style of humor, and the love of it.

This is in addition to the original music, mime, puppets, clowning and great characters that appear in these shows, which I hope we’ll touch on later.