This is a big week, folks. It's the last week of school before spring break, and it's also the week of...drum roll, please...drama juries! As you all know, juries will be held in class this week Monday-Wednesday for all freshmen, sophomores and juniors (seniors are exempt from the drama jury process). If you're feeling nervous, I'd like you to keep a couple of things in mind:
1. While juries factor into the placement process, they are only one consideration in a long list of things Mr. Adams and I discuss when determining class placement for next year. We're far more concerned with your overall, day-to-day performance in class than any one audition.
2. If you're prepared, you have nothing to worry about. Everyone gets nervous but if you have put in the work, I guarantee you that we'll be able to tell.
Here's a look at how the class schedule will shape up this week:
Juries in all intro periods should take all three days (Monday-Wednesday) to complete. We will be receiving help from our colleagues in the vocal department, who will be supervising students preparing their auditions in the black box while Mr. Adams and I conduct juries in my classroom. Mr. Adams' classes will be going first in each of these periods on Monday, meaning you won't be expected to perform until Tuesday, at which point we will go down the class roster alphabetically by last name. If your last name is later in the alphabet, you likely won't perform your jury monologue until Wednesday. On Thursday and Friday we will resume our voice work. We'll be adding text to the work - utilizing either the text from your jury monologue or the scene you performed in class earlier this semester. You will also want to dress out both of these days.
With third block comprised mostly of seniors in both classes, we should be able to complete most juries on Monday and we should certainly be able to finish on Tuesday. We will be receiving help from our colleagues in the vocal department, who will be supervising students preparing their auditions in the black box while Mr. Adams and I conduct juries in my classroom. Mr. Adams' class has only a few juniors who will need to complete the jury process, so D3 will start on Monday as well, going down the class roster in alphabetical order by last name. If your last name is later in the alphabet, you likely won't perform your jury monologue until Tuesday. Don't forget that in addition to rehearsing your jury monologue you should also be working on your mock commercial auditions! On Wednesday you'll have an improvisation master class with the new guest teacher I told you about (and I'm extremely excited to have him on board and working with you, I think you'll have a great time!). On Thursday we'll tape your mock commercial auditions (please be off-book) and on Friday we'll review the footage in class and "cast" roles based on class vote (as we have done with previous mock auditions). We should also have time on Friday to review the footage from our last scene.
Have a great week, everybody, and break legs in your juries! I'm excited to see your work and I look forward to your talent being on display. Once we finish this long week, I hope you all have a fun, exciting, restful, safe, well-deserved break!