Adventures of a Drama Teacher

{March 21, 2008}   SPRING is in the AIR NOT!

I made it through the musical review which turned out absolutely wonderful. I don’t know why I worry and fret so. The best part is that our choir director is now on board to do a big musical next year. She was reticent before but now seeing what the kids and I can do without her, makes her think what magnificent stuff we could do together, that is IF I am here next year. We are now on spring break and it is snowing outside my big living room windows that overlook the Chausee. I don’t mind the weather as long as I am inside. I quite enjoy watching the rain and hail come down upon the umbrella toting, scarf clad people below. I also like the rain to lull me to sleep at night. I watched “The Island” with Ewan McGregor last night and “Mansfield Park” today and am in the beginning of “Becoming Jane.” Jane Austin stuff is really great. I love me a good period romance! But the sci-fi of “The Island” mixed with Ewan is really grand as well. The snowflakes are growing bigger. Happy SPRING BREAK!


{March 9, 2008}   A Sweeny Todd Experience

sweeney-todd-depp.jpgI forgot to tell you that I was all excited that the video store had “Sweeney Todd”. You see it is rated ENA (Enfants Not Admitted) here. So I can’t go see it unless I get a babysitter. So I was going to rent the third installment of “Pirates of the Caribbean” but voila there it was in the new arrivals SWEENEY TODD! So I am conversing with the sore dude about how I can’t believe it’s out on DVD when it’s still in the movie theatres. He says, “Yeah sometimes that happens”in a mixture of English and French. So Mo and I get home and we first watched his choice of “Dumb and Dumberer”- the prequel to the first one and it has sophomoric humor. I can sometimes get into that. Then we start “Sweeney Todd”. So I am thinking since I have never seen the play, nor read it, that maybe the barber has a father because the man they called Todd was NOT Johnny Depp. So I am waiting for the Johnny to show up when I start to think, “No musical goes this far into a performance without a song!” That’s when I realized this was NOT the Sondheim musical version with Johnny. Poo poo! I guess I should have read the fine print on the DVD cover, but I was just too excited! So last night I got Pirates III. I must admit I was not impressed. The first one was amazing, the second, from a director’s point of view was hard to focus on because of the special effects, and the third one I couldn’t even follow the storyline as it was so complex and the minuscule appearance of Keith Richards was dissatisfying. Even Johnny’s performance wasn’t as thrilling as usual. Mo’s choice of “Firehouse Dog” was better. Sorry Johnny. I still am ever so excited to go to EuroDisney though; hopefully their Pirates ride is as good as the original back in the good old south western United States. Mo and I have reservations for four days over our spring break. We are staying at the Davey Crocket ranch cabins. I read they have an old fashioned barber there; American style. I think they should turn it into a “Sweeny Todd” experience!!!

{March 4, 2008}   CLEAN TEETH

Just a quick update. We are down to the nitty gritty with the musical review. There are days when I think the kids can pull it off and other days. We are also down to the wire with the seniors and their IB projects. The 10th graders have a few little projects coming up (my smaller class is doing Vowels and The Square for HS assemblies). MY larger nemesis class is doing realism scenes (and quite well I might add). Ninth grade is working on their 50s rock-n-roll musical. Songs are My Boyfriend’s Back, It’s My Party and I’ll Cry if I want To, Yakedy Yak, Charlie Brown, Please Mr. Postman, and How much is that Doggie in the Window. We have also started more improv in ninth grade. They are pretty darn good at it. I am hoping to plan my spring break trip tomorrow, and I have finally stopped procrastinating on my orals date (I lost my notes so I’ll have to study without them). We woke up to snow this morning, but not enough to hinder the morning commute but nice anyway. It reminded me of last year that little bit we got in Mesa. The day was real crisp, off on hail and sunshine. I wish I had more to share at this time but it’s just the daily grind right now and the hope I am doing my job with the IB. Oh Mo and I went to the dentist today. All they do here is look in your mouth, ask if you are in any pain and charge you 100 Euros!!!! I wasn’t looking forward to the cleaning, but I was looking forward to clean teeth! Here they only do stuff if there is PAIN! I wants me some clean teeth I tell you! What a waste!


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