Thursday, August 24, 2017

Important Theatre Dates 2017-2018

MARK YOUR CALENDAR!

These dates should be on the Blalack Calendar, so please add them to yours!  These are also available at the end of the Blalack Theatre Handbook (which is more printer friendly).

August 2017
28 First day of School and beginning of 1st 9-weeks
September 2017
4 Labor Day!--School Holiday
7 Theatre Supplies Due! – 2 pocket folders with brads, Elmer’s glue, colored pencils, handouts
7 Meet the Teacher Night, 6:30-8:00pm
7 8th Grade Theatre Production Parent Meeting, 8:00pm in Mrs. Marrs' room
22 7/8th Grade Fine Arts at Main Event, 6:00-8:00pm
October 2017
5 Talent Show Auditions – 4:15-7:00pm in the Cafetorium
9 Fair Day!--School Holiday
13 District Middle School Theatre Playfest – 6:00-9:00pm at Blalack MS
20 End of the 1st 9-weeks
23 Beginning of 2nd 9-weeks
November 2017
2 POSSIBLE 6th Grade Class Play Rehearsal – 4:15-5:00pm in the Cafetorium
3 6th Grade Class Play Performance – in-school, time TBA
8 ADVERTISEMENTS DUE for One-Act Play& Monologue Showcase Program by 4:30pm
14 One-Act Play Dress Rehearsal (after school) and Picture Call (6:00pm)
15 One-Act Play & Monologue Showcase Performance 6:30pm in the Blalack Cafeteria ADMISSION $3.00 at the door
20-24 Thanksgiving Holiday!
30 UIL One Act Play Rehearsal, TBA
December 2017
1 Middle School UIL One-Act Play Contest at RL Turner High School, time TBA
19-22 SEMESTER EXAMS!!!
21-22 Early Release Days
22 End of 2nd 9-weeks
January 2018
9 Beginning of 3rd 9-weeks
15   Martin Luther King, Jr. Day--School Holiday
22 Dinner Theatre Tickets on sale to CAST AND CREW ONLY! (4:15pm)
30 Dinner Theatre Tickets on SALE to the public!  (4:15pm)
February 2018
3 WinterFest and Theatre Feeder Event at Creekview High School, time TBA
7 ADVERTISEMENTS DUE for Dinner Theatre Program by 4:30pm
14 Dinner Theatre Dress Rehearsal (after school) and PICTURE CALL (6:30pm)
15 Dinner Theatre Performance  6:00pm, in the Blalack Cafetorium,    
       RESERVED SEATING
16 Dinner Theatre Performance  6:00pm, in the Blalack Cafetorium,    
       RESERVED SEATING
17 Dinner Theatre Performance  6:00pm, in the Blalack Cafetorium,    
       RESERVED SEATING
March 2018
8 POSSIBLE 6th Grade Class Play Rehearsal – 4:15-5:00pm in the cafetorium
9 6th Grade Class Play Performance – in-school, time TBA
12-16 SPRING BREAK!!!
23 End of 3rd 9-weeks
26 Beginning of 4th 9-weeks
30 BAD WEATHER DAY!
April 2018
5 7th Grade Auditions for 2018-19 Theatre Production, 4:15pm in D6
5 PTA Fine Arts Showcase, 6:30pm
7 Musical Workday, time TBA
25 ADVERTISEMENTS DUE for Spring Show Program by 4:30pm
28 Musical Rehearsal, time TBA
May 2018
2 Musical Dress Rehearsal (after school) and PICTURE CALL (6:30pm)
3 Musical Performance, 6:30pm in the Blalack Cafetorium,                       
       ADMISSION $5.00 at the door
4 Spring Show Performance, 6:30pm in the Blalack Cafetorium,
        ADMISSION $5.00 at the door
25 BAD WEATHER DAY! (2)
24-27 8th Grade New York Trip
28 Memorial Day!--NO SCHOOL!
June 2018
4-7 SEMESTER EXAMS!!!
6-7 Early Release

Specific dates on rehearsals will be on the Rehearsal Calendar for each production.  See the appropriate class or contact the director for more information.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Blalack Theatre Advertisement Fundraiser 2017-18

Please support the Blalack Theatre Department!  




Dear Blalack Friends,

The Charles M. Blalack Middle School Theatre students must raise money for our plays and projects this year.  In order to cover the cost of the productions we must sell advertising space in our production programs.  There will three (3) productions with programs: 

·         A One Act Play and Monologue Showcase in November (Ads due by November 9th)
·         The Dinner Theatre in February--2 night performances (Ads due by February 8th)
·         The Spring Show/Musical in April--2 night performance (Ads due by April 26th)

Your advertisement will appear in all three programs and will be printed in black and white.  Your advertisement will reach over 1000 students and their families. To place an advertisement please complete the advertisement form. We accept business, organization, and personal advertisements that are positive in nature and school appropriate.  Business cards work great!

There are 3 different sizes of ad space available (see diagram below) and each has a different price:

 

One full page ad =  5 1/2” X 8 1/2” sheet of paper

                       
¼ Page Ad                                          $10 Each
                                    ½ Page Ad                                          $20 Each
                                     1 Full Page Ad                                   $30 Each





2 Full Page Ads =
8 ½” x 11”
sheet of paper
One full page ad
5 ½” x 8 ½” 



Half page ad
5 ½” x 4 ¼



Quarter
page ad

2 ¾” x
4 ¼ “



We accept cash or checks made payable to Blalack Middle School.  On checks, please include a contact phone number and a valid driver’s license/Identification number.  Sorry we cannot accept credit cards. 

Participating in Theatre Production is an exciting learning opportunity for our students. Thank you for your support in making our Theatre Department a great success. For more information, contact the Blalack Theatre Production Director, Mrs. Margaret Marrs at marrsm@cfbisd.edu or 972-968-3500

Sincerely,


Blalack Theatre Department

2017-2018 Theatre Arts Course Syllabuses


Blalack Theatre Arts Expectations:





Click on the links to access the current Blalack Theatre Syllabus for each course:






2017-2018 Blalack Theatre Arts Handbook

Please review the 2017-18 Blalack Theatre Arts Handbook.

Access the 2017-18 Blalack Theatre Handbook HERE

Please sign and return the handbook signature page:

Theatre Arts Supply Requirements

All Blalack Theatre students need the following supplies:

  • 1 pocket folder with brads (color-coded by class:  1st period=RED, 3rd period=YELLOW, 4th period=PURPLE, 5th period=GREEN, 6th period=BLUE, 7th period=ANY COLOR)
  • 1 pocket folder with brads (any color)
  • 1 bottle of liquid Elmer's glue (no, we're not making slime!)
  • 1 pack of colored pencils

***Mrs. Marrs does have pocket folders with brads available for 50¢ EACH while supplies last***

Welcome to Blalack Theatre 2017-2018!

Welcome to (back to) the Blalack Theatre Arts Department!
The following information covers what will happen in classses this year:

6th grade Theatre Arts is a semester long performance-based class where students will be introduced to theatrical skills they can use in this and future theatre classes, as well as in other classes and future careers. 

  • Introduction to Theatre - including basic terminology, stage directions, parts of the stage, genres, types of stages, and audience etiquette
  • Ensemble Builders
  • The Class Play Project - a collaborative project where the class will produce a play from auditions through strike, including rehearsals and a live performance - Fall semester classes will perform on Friday, November 3, 2017 and Spring semester classes will perform on Friday, March 9, 2018 (times TBD).
  • Theatre History - focusing on Elizabethan Theatre and Shakespeare
  • Improvisation - forming characters and acting without a script
  • Duet Scenes - students will take what they have learned to prepare, direct, and perform a duet/group scene
7/8th grade Theatre Arts is a year long, performance-based class where students will take a more extensive look at theatrical skills.  The first semester focuses on the "onstage" aspects of theatre and the second semester focuses on the backstage aspects of theatre, as well as how Theatre got to what it is today.
  • Introduction to Theatre - including basic terminology, stage directions, parts of the stage, genres, types of stages, and audience etiquette
  • Ensemble Builders - work on teamwork, focus, and trust in relation to Theatre
  • Improvisation - forming characters and acting without a script
  • Pantomime and Mime - learning about using movement (not words) to communicate and tell a story - includes the Lip Sync Project and Silent Day
  • Monologues - an introduction to Characterization where students will study and develop a character based on their chosen monologue to perform
  • Duet Scenes - students will take what they have learned to prepare, direct, and perform a duet/group scene
  • Theatre Safety and Tools - learning about safety in the theatre and basic tools and how to use them
  • Technical Theatre - this project-based unit allows students learn about each area of technical theatre and design and create for each area - including props, scenery, lighting, sound, theatrical make-up, and costumes
  • Theatre History - a project-based learning unit where students will work in groups to research and create a way to teach the class about their time period
8th grade Theatre Production is an full year, performance-based class that work to produce all main stage productions for the Blalack Theatre Department.  Students for this class must audition and be selected by the director.  All students must take an active role in each production, either onstage or backstage.
  • Audition Ready - students will work on writing a résumé, bio, take headshots, and perform a cold reading
  • UIL One Act Play - students will learn about the rules associated with OAP and then work to produce our UIL OAP that will compete at the district contest - Public performance in the Blalack Cafetorium at 6:30pm on Wednesday, November 15, 2017 ($3 admission) and the contest will take place at R.L. Turner High School on Friday, December 1, 2017 (time TBD)
  • Dinner Theatre - as soon as OAP has been struck we will begin working on our dinner theatre, which includes a live performance and dinner - Performances will be on Thursday, February 15th, Friday, February 16th, and Saturday, February 17th at 6:00pm in the Blalack Cafetorium ($10 admission, all seats reserved)
  • Musical - as soon as dinner theatre has been struck we will begin working on the musical  - Performances will be on Thursday, May 3rd and Friday, May 4th at 6:30pm in the Blalack Cafetorium ($5 admission)