***This class has both summer and fall components. You do
not have to participate in the summer component to participate in the fall but
you must take whichever roles are left over because the writers get to choose
Please reach out to the instructor regarding your interest in
playwriting over the summer. We will meet up to 5 times at my (the
instructor's) centrally located home, to write the play together, the focuses
being on: practicality, group work, and learning to be creative while
identifying and staying within the restrictions of the framework.
Scheduling will be determined by everyone's availability.
Students will be given a loose
structure and allowed to be creative within that structure. They will
choose their favorite musical theatre songs and as a class, string them
together into one completely original work, writing their own scenes, and
putting on their own play-- the culminating class project.
Musical Theatre- Fall
All students will be expected to
write, act, sing, dance, choreograph, and work on the set, and the amount of
time they spend on each of those may vary based on student ability, desire, and
practicality. The last day, we will perform our play at the co-op.
It is safe to assume that there will
be some homework assignment each week-- either writing something or practicing
the musical numbers, maybe a little of both. Since it is a creative
class, I will create a framework and allow the class to be student-driven
within that framework, so they may create work for themselves if they choose to
choreograph etc.-- but I will temper my homework load for those students who
create work for themselves-- to account for that.
-Performing: All students will have
music to learn & lines to memorize.
Performing: All students will use time
outside of class to procure costume & set pieces etc. which can be as
involved or simple as they & their families desire.
Dramaturgy: Some or all students
(depending on class size and how ambitious they are in the play they write)
will have the job of being dramaturgs (studying the history of whatever era(s)
they use as the setting for their play etc.).
They will have to research and present
their research to the class for a minute or more in the form of a poster, a
short lecture, or a pamphlet, and this research will be used to inform the
students when planning their costume & set choices, and to ensure
historical authenticity in their play. (Yes, they're making up the play,
but if it's going to take place in a real place and time, it may as well be as
authentic as possible for believability unless a deliberate choice is made to
deviate from that, and so forth)
Scene work: All
students will likely have some scene, playbill, lyrics parody, or something to
write or type outside of class at least some weeks of the semester. We
will discuss in class and divide jobs fairly and logically, and I will take
into account student desires, talents, ages, & parent goals and wishes for
their children in terms of homework when making these assignments so as to grow
each student but not overwhelm them with daunting tasks.
Goals of Class:
-to give students a holistic experience of play creation from
start to finish
-to give students practice with
writing in a fun, creative way
-to give students an opportunity to use
and discover their gifts in various artistic areas
-to facilitate the experience of
working together & creating together & being accountable &
Teacher: Marybeth Poole
Minimum/maximum number of students: 5/15
Age range: 7-15
About Marybeth Poole:
-Musical Theatre Performing Major (vocal performance focus)
-Creative Writing Minor
-Master's in Elementary Ed. from NLU
-ran the theatre dept. for Starland, a children's enrichment
center, for several years (ages 3-13) and has been teaching private voice &
drama to children and adults for even more years
-wrote and directed several musicals at Starland
-has been teaching at LOGYC co-op for 3 semesters
Family must register for LOGYC Coop in order to sign up for classes.