Ah hah! A weekly update! They say if you can resist a bad habit for 28 days you will conquer it, so only 21 more days of not neglecting this blog and I'm home free!
It's been a big week at the school for me - our production of the murder mystery Who Poisoned His Meatball? by Craig Sodaro went up on Wednesday and Thursday to great success and rave reviews. The school community really came out to support it, and we were able to raise over a million won for Haiti relief (that works out to about $1000).
The whole process was immensely exhausting for me, but it was also rewarding to see how well our talented cast did with their performances. Considering that the Drama program was non-existent when I arrived here, it's gratifying to see how far it's come in a very short time. This year's been a lot easier because I have a true partner in Dave, the new middle school teacher who started work here this year. Our work styles complement each other well and we each think of things the other doesn't, so between the two of us we've accomplished a lot. It's so much easier now that I don't have to do it alone.
I'm also grateful for how much I've grown as a director. Even last year when I directed my first play, I had no idea what I was doing (and it was pretty obvious). This year, having some experience under my belt and working with Dave made the process much smoother. I was even able to do some of the things I'd wanted to do last year but couldn't, like have three performances instead of one, have a student design a beautiful program, and get corporate sponsorship to help with props. Now I find myself much more comfortable as a director, and feel able to accomplish things I never even thought I was capable of before.
The best part of all of this, though, has been how much the kids have gotten out of it. I know what a difference my participation in Drama made to me when I was in high school, so it's been wonderful to see the same thing happening to my own students. Yesterday one student had the following as her Google Talk status:
♫ The past 3 months were the best time of my school life :)
I don't think a teacher could ask for anything more than that.
Today I played around with iMovie and create a montage of the production. Let me just say, Macs are awesome. Enjoy!