Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Lowell Performance of Hamlet

Just a few highlights from the Friday afternoon performance of Hamlet at Lowell. The kids did an AMAZING job! See for yourself!

Many thanks to all involved--parents, students, and especially our Lowell director, Kathleen Hamilton. Even though I will be graduating this year, I fully plan on returning to this program as a volunteer for the next performance. Your children are an inspiration and a joy to work with!

Friday, April 15, 2011

"Now cracks a noble heart. Good night sweet prince: And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest!"

After 6 weeks of Hamlet practices, we have finally reached the dress rehearsal! They are truly the best actors in Boise!

"Why does the drum come hither?"

"Friends to this ground"

"His greatness weighed, his will is not his own. And if he says he loves you, then weigh what loss your honor may sustain."

"Mark me!"

"Welcome, dear Rosencrantz and Guildenstern! Something have you heard of Hamlet's transformation"

"'The Mouse-trap.' This play is the image of a murder done in vienna: but what if that? Your Majesty and we that have freesouls, it touches us not." 

"My words fly up, my thoughts remain below: Words without thoughts never to heaven go."

"Give me leave. Here lies the water; good. Here stands the man; good. If the man go to this water and drown himself, it is, will he nill he, he goes, mark you that. But it the water come to him and drown him, he drowns not himself."

"Sweets to the sweet, farewell!"

"And in this harsh world draw thy breath in pain, to tell my story. The rest is silence."

Thursday, April 14, 2011

"What is it you would see? If aught or woe or wonder, cease your search."

This year marks a big change in the costumes of Shake It Up After School. No more thrift store shopping, no more taking in and letting out of used dresses and pants. Each costume was measured and designed specifically with your child in mind. Everyone from Players to Hamlet has their own special costume to wear for the big day. We will in turn recycle these costumes for future use, but as for this show, each child is wearing a one-of-a-kind custom made costume, which should make them feel extra special. 

Also, each player wears a specific mask for the different scenes. There are Army masks, Dumb show masks, player masks, etc. Some of these were made with the child in mind, and most of them were designed by the kids. They add an extra special something to the carnival-esque theme, and enables the kids to really take on their own representation of their characters.