Paderewski Rehearsals, Part One

Posted by Mike M on March 13, 2012

School Shows

Today was day one of rehearsals for the Paderewski school show, which will take place next Monday.  For me, it was a special day for two reasons.  One, it’s my very first time going through the adaptation and rehearsal process with Barrel of Monkeys.  Also, because I worked in the classroom before working on the show, I know the kids whose work I’m adapting.  It’s just awesome to see their ideas come to life. 

Working through the adaptation process today was more like being a student than an adult.  At the beginning of the day, I was assigned a monkey buddy to answer any questions I might have.  We did warm-ups just like we do in the classroom.  Then, we read through the stories as a group and enjoyed their creativity together.  We giggled about elderly cheerleaders, guffawed at an elephant who wouldn’t get out of a car, and gasped to learn about a librarian who is secretly a warlock.  These are only a few of the stories we’re working on this week.  There will be about twenty in the show. 

A final note: 

One thing I appreciated about Barrel of Monkeys from the moment I first saw “That’s Weird, Grandma,” is the respect the adults have for their students’ writing.  Students of Paderewski, I am happy to report that your writing is in good hands!  Not only are the adaptations looking great on stage, they are staying true to the authors’ intents.  Congratulations, young authors:  your work is getting a good production!  As a playwright myself, I can assure you that this isn’t always the case.  We’ll do our best to make it the case for you, and I think you’ll be happy with what you see. 

More as the week progresses.

Until then,
Mike

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