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Marla Blasko

Theatre Arts Director,
Long Reach High School

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Theatre Arts Director,
Long Reach High School
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Posted By Marla Blasko 11-20-2022 11:44
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Hi Joshua, I love teaching Theatre History and yet you mention "history" and students go to sleep or check out, ha, ha. I am so glad that you want to make it come alive and be fun! My school district uses Canvas as its online Learning Management System and there are a lot of good units there. I can ...
Posted By Marla Blasko 09-16-2022 07:55
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Hi Ken, We just produced LKJ last spring and this is how I interpreted that scene. Who ever is king holds the "scepter" a painted bamboo stick with a small mask of the lion. When Mufasa dies at the end of the stampede, he lies next to the scepter until Scar claims it and declares himself the new king. ...
Posted By Marla Blasko 09-16-2022 07:54
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Posted By Marla Blasko 08-20-2022 10:54
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HELP! I am working on a storage solution for my classroom/dressing room. I would like a freestanding coat closet to hang costumes with a shelf above it to stack boxes of costume accessories. It can't be too wide (only have about 56" to work with) or too deep. I have found stuff online but it is hard ...
Posted By Marla Blasko 08-20-2022 10:16
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My students loved: Jason and Medea by Barbara Lindsey - it was published in the EdTA Dramatics magazine March 2015. My class got into a big debate over Medea's choices - it was heated! Don't know who publishes - but maybe someone from EdTA does. (BTW EdTA - miss getting hard copies of the Dramatics magazine ...
Posted By Marla Blasko 06-24-2022 07:42
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Hi Kristin, The cons - you loose rehearsal time and sometimes you need it especially in these times when cast members get sick. You said that you are doing a non-musical and I don't know if it is a tech heavy or if the show requires special effects so that might be a concern as well. You may need that ...
Posted By Marla Blasko 05-29-2022 08:51
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While I am not a music director, I think that Legally Blonde music is on a par with Hairspray. I have directed both, but not Mama Mia. There are parts for the voices in LB especially for the Greek chorus. There are a ton of solos. The challenging thing in LB is that songs that go on and on with transitions ...
Posted By Marla Blasko 05-29-2022 08:10
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For the first time ever, I am stumped for a fall play. It is an extreme building year. Thanks to the pandemic, they don't have the experience and emotional maturity to do something really challenging like the past (We have produced Laramie Project, Women of Lockerbie, Almost, Maine, etc.) We just read ...
Posted By Marla Blasko 04-18-2022 08:47
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Hi Savannah, Not sure if these are what you would consider strong duet scenes - but I think they are funny: Check Please - Rand Hard Candy - Rand Almost, Maine - Cariani The Odd Couple - Simon Midsummer Night's Dream - the fight scenes between the young lovers For both comedic and dramatic try this ...
Posted By Marla Blasko 04-09-2022 17:32
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Hi Amy, I like all of the ideas presented here. I saw a school production of West Side Story in the gym and there are other similar shows that include a gym setting - Grease, 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Footloose - are a few that come to mind. I saw a Twelve Angry Men/Jurors that was done ...
Posted By Marla Blasko 01-07-2022 09:46
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I like all of the suggestions here and admire those who make individual phone calls.  I don't make calls, but I do have everyone auditioning join a private on-line group like BAND.  That is where I privately announce the cast list.  I attach a cast list so that they have to read the post (hopefully) ...
Posted By Marla Blasko 11-16-2021 13:27
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Hi - I used dogs in my Legally Blonde. Bruiser was a cast member's dog and his girlfriend held the dog for the first scene and then the dog went home.  My beagle was Rufus and I had a parent who walked he when she wasn't on stage.  We gave her treats and had her on a leash when she was on stage. (She ...
Posted By Marla Blasko 06-01-2021 07:46
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I highly recommend the emergency lesson plans from Theatre Folk - https://www.theatrefolk.com/products/emergency-lesson-plans-for-theatre-teachers-2nd-Edition They are very well thought through and give lots of alternatives depending on the type of sub you have. I bought them a few years ago and found ...
Posted By Marla Blasko 10-25-2020 11:21
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Looking for a lesson on how to write a rap song or verse. I've been watching In the Heights with my students and want them to write a rap in the style of the musical to something that is reflection of our times or their neighborhoods.  Thanks! ------------------------------ Marla Blasko Director/Teacher ...
Posted By Marla Blasko 09-06-2020 11:23
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I have directed Best x-mas... twice at church with all different aged people in the cast. I love this story! I've not done it at my high school because I teach at a public school with a very diverse population . If you teach at a private Christian school, go for it! Might be fun to have teachers play ...
Posted By Marla Blasko 08-21-2020 12:42
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I am converting the technical theatre sound lesson from EdTA's Theatre Pro, Walk A  Mile in My Shoes, (https://learn.schooltheatre.org/walk-a-mile-sound-design) to a lesson for my students on Canvas. The final project suggests using Audacity to create the soundscape.  Does anyone know if Audacity can ...
Posted By Marla Blasko 08-21-2020 12:09
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I second "Sorry Wrong Number" and suggest "Heat Lighting" by Robert F. Carroll - both are described in this link.  Sounds like a thrilling line up! http://www.kenttheatre.org/events/3-one-act-plays-heat-lightning-robert-f-carroll-directed-terri-riggle-sorry-wrong-number-luci ------------------------------ ...
Posted By Marla Blasko 03-25-2020 09:35
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Hi everyone, I am getting through this pandemic crisis by cleaning out my closets and reorganizing my life so that I can hit the ground running when it is deemed safe to venture  out of our homes.  This week's project is to organize my play collection.  I have have a bizillion scripts - how do you ...
Posted By Marla Blasko 03-08-2020 14:04
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When I sense that my students start to feel entitled, I pull out a copy of Neil Simon’s biography REWRITES where he talks about the casting process for THE ODD COUPLE. Walter Matthau wanted to play Felix and the director told him that he was Oscar. Matthau replied that he could play Oscar in his sleep ...
Posted By Marla Blasko 02-25-2020 13:03
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Since it is 2020, I want to teach a musical theatre unit on the musicals of the 20s. Looking for musical theatre lesson ideas for 1920's musicals and musicals set in the 20s. Also thinking about the make-up, costumes, as well as the dance styles and music. If there is anything that you can share (i.e. ...