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Hornets Swarm The Big City

The Best 23-Hour Work Day of the Year! In the early morning of April 26th 2018, 20 students from Herndon High School, along with me, a school counselor, and a parent volunteer, ventured up I-95 on a chartered bus for a one-day educational adventure in New York City. The itinerary included a morning theatre workshop…

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Halfway Through The Woods

The Show is Open! We, the people of the theatre, are generally regarded as a most superstitious set of folks. Friday the 13th is not generally regarded as a fortuitous date to those of the superstitious sort. When I decided to pick Friday the 13th of April as the opening night for Into the Woods, I…

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No One Is Alone, Truly

We’re Less Than A Month Away! Into the Woods rehearsals have been humming along and the pieces are starting to really come together. Our cast covered the last of the music on Friday. The orchestra has begun to tackle this beast of a score. The set construction team met three nights this week and for…

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Building and Building Some More

Building on Improv-A-Thing, Herndon HS Improv Does It Again! Last Friday night Herndon High’s improv team took the stage at Woodson HS for their last competition away from home. This competition felt different from the previous three this year. There were fewer teams (only eight), there were new games, and there was a “referee” that…

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“The Way is Clear, The Light is Good”

Tickets are on sale! Folks, buy your tickets NOW. We’ve got a little over a month before we open. The way rehearsals are going, and with the kind of talent  we’ve assembled, you won’t get another chance to see a show like this. We’re blocking our way through the woods! Now if only the weather…

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We’re baaaaaaaack!

It’s been a long time… Man, have we been busy. I don’t really know where to begin. My last blog post was all the way back in December. Since then, a lot of things have happened, and in this post I’ll try to catch you up as best I can. Of course, I’m sure some…

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A Strong Week

And so begins the journey… This past week marked the start of Into the Woods auditions and casting. At this point last year, I hadn’t even selected a musical to produce in the spring, let alone started casting it. So I feel way ahead of the game, and I’m hoping to stay ahead. Into the…

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Betting on The Bard

“All the world’s a stage” The works of William Shakespeare are a gift unto humanity, not just the English-language speaking world. The plays teach us how to love, how to scheme, how to dream, and how to change. Whether or not Shakespeare himself wrote the play Twelfth Night (performed this past Saturday by hundreds of…

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A Day of Many Firsts

What a Day! Yesterday was quite a day at Herndon High School. I led my first field trip in my young teaching career. Yesterday was my first time inside Sidney Harman Hall (on the stage to be precise) as a part of my first time participating in Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Text Alive! program. Yesterday was…

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Circles of Gratitude

Theatre is a Circle Last year, when I first arrived at Herndon High School, I made an introductory video. In that video, I stated the belief that theatre is a circle, rather than a pyramid. This year I have been focused on growing and strengthening that circle. What I have increasingly come to realize is…

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