Sunday, 29 May 2016

Raindrops on Roses and Whiskers on Kittens...

Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens
Bright copper kettles and warm woollen mittens
Brown paper packages tied up with strings
These are a few of my favorite things

We all know the beautiful song from "The Sound of Music" that tells us to think of our favorite things when we are feeling down.  Although my favorite things are not the same as Maria's here are some pictures of thing I am passionate about and that I think of when I want to be happy :)

This is my Creative Dance class.  Creative dance is an introduction to musical theatre for children ages 5-7 where they learn the basics of dance and acting on stage. I love teaching these wonderful children every week and helping them have fun and be creative.  They are so full of joy and every week their happiness and excitement to dance reminds we how much I love to work with children :)
This is my oldest acting class. These girls are learning the basics of stage acting and improvisation. This was my first year teaching this class and it helped me realize how much I love teaching drama.  I have always been passionate about drama and theatre and it has been so amazing to share my passion with others and help theme see how amazing this form of art is. 
This is a picture of a scene I directed as part of my grade 12 drama class.  Canterbury Drama has become a big part of my life over the last four year and I have learned so much. When your in grade 12 you have to choose a 15min scene, find actors, make a set, get costume, and direct the scene in a three week period.  It is a big deal because it is your moment to show everyone everything you have learned in the drama program and showcase your style as a director.  My scene went incredibly well and although it was a lot of hard work it helped me remember how much I love theatre and how much I have learned through the Canterbury Drama program.
This is a picture of a scene from my grade 12 grad project in my drama class.  With a group of 12 grade 12 students we created a show about choice and what choice means to us as grade 12 students.  This was an incredible experience and we took this show to the Sears Ontario Drama festival with 11 of the best high school show in Ontario.  Being at the festival showed me that theatre was the world I wanted to be a part of.  I have been a part of a lot of social circles with athletic people and scholarly people but never have I felt as at home than with theatre people.

I talk a lot about drama and theatre because it is a big part of my life but that is not the only thing I love to do or the only thing I am passionate about.  I love to ski, read, dance, and spend time with my friends and family but the more I think about it I know that if I could only choose one thing to do for the rest of my life I would choose theatre. 

Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Join My Team

Dear friends, family, and wonderful people I have yet to meet

I am looking for allies to help me on my passionate learner experiment journey.  Through this experiment a group of students and myself are trying to answer the question "How can I change the world in 24 hours?" and explore our passions. I am trying to see what I can do to make a change in my community about something I am passionate about.  I have determined that I want to work to help get more drama education in elementary schools and I will need some help.  I would love to know what you think and what kind of drama education you would have liked in elementary school? Drama and theatre has so much wonderful things to teach us if we get the opportunity to learn it.  By sending me what you what kind of drama you would have liked in elementary school I can get a better understanding of the most important things missing from the programs right now and work to help change them.

Thank you show much for your help everyone! The more help, support, and information I have the more I can work to make a difference in the world around me :)


Abby Skene (AKA Positive Pinky)