Middle School Theatre is still thriving in the state of Oregon! As the Junior Thespian liason for the Oregon State Thespian board, I would like to invite you to join us for a day to celebrate our commitment to providing theatre opportunites for students in grades 6-8. This is a great way to learn about Oregon Thespians, meet and network with fellow middle school drama teachers, and show students that there ARE other kids like them in the state.
We welcome ALL middle schools whether you have a Thespian Troupe or not. This is a great way to see what Thespians are all about, let your students 'play' for a day, and enjoy middle school theatre!
Deadline for registration is January 18th to give us time to prep groups, make nametags, etc.
For the Second Annual Middle School Theatre Play Day our theme is: Scene of Mystery. Our activities will be based on this theme.
All schools are encouraged to bring a short 5-10 minute mini-performance to showcase at the Play Day. If you plan to bring something to share, please state so in your registration notes. These do not need ot have a mystery theme. These can be scene students have done in class, a scene from your previous production, or something that is coming up soon at your school!
Here is an outline for the day's events!
11am: Registration welcome-Collect packet for your school.
11am-11:45 am: Find your Headquarters for your school. You will be greeted by a student from CNMS’s Troupe that will lead your students in a SCHOOL BADGE activity.
11:45am-12:pm: Formal welcome from TROUPE 89205 and Oregon Thespian State Officers
Short information session about Thespians
Presentation of Schools and their Badges
12pm-1pm: School Mini-Performance Showcase and Lunch (Students should bring their own lunches)
1-2pm: Breakout Session
Students will be assigned to mixed group of students from all schools.
Each group will be assigned a classic fairy tale, an object, and a setting. For the next hour, they’ll discuss how to adapt the fairy tale to make it a mystery. E.G. Someone has stolen the magic mirror. Now Snow White has to find out who has taken the precious object. The game is afoot!
2-2:10: Mingle Break
2:10-3: Rehearsal of Scenes
3-4: Presentation of Mystery Scenes
Does my school or do all of my students have to be a Thespian to participate?
No! We welcome ALL middle schools whether you have a troupe or not. This is a great way to see what Thespians are all about, let your students 'play' for a day, and enjoy middle school theatre!
Do we need chaperones? We recommend that you bring at least one chaperone per 20 students. This way, teachers are free to mingle to get information and meet other teachers. Chaperones can monitor students while in groups. Last year, chaperones had a great time watching students work together while roaming around to various groups.
What should I bring to the event?
Please bring your registation information to help us run smoothly.
A lunch for all students (Food will be provided for all adults attending).
A 5-10 minute mini performance if you like.
What can teachers do during the event?
There will be a space set up for teachers to network. Meet people from other schools, share resources, and discuss ideas. There will also be information about Junior Thespians available if you might be interested in starting a troupe at your school. Emily Wilcox, Junior Thespian Board Member, will be there to guide you through the Thespian website if needed.
Coffee, Tea, Water, and Food will be provided for adults.
Chaperones should be monitoring students from your school for behavior.
Feel free to jump in and work with student groups, provide feedback, and have fun!
Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?
Joseph Keebler, Host firstname.lastname@example.org 503-890-3805
The name on the registration/ticket doesn't match the attendee. Is that okay?
That is fine as long as you update it on your paperwork.
What are my parking options?
CNMS has a large parking lot located in front of the school that can accommodate busses.