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Cindy Skelton

Drama Teacher,
Burlingame High School

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Drama Teacher,
Burlingame High School
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Posted By Cindy Skelton 10-03-2022 16:26
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I just want to thank everyone for these great ideas and resources! Much appreciated!! Cindy ------------------------------ Cindy Skelton Drama Teacher Burlingame High School CA ------------------------------
Posted By Cindy Skelton 09-20-2022 12:50
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I typically teach Greek Theater when looking into where we get some of our modern theater ideas. I'm looking to change & adapt that curriculum to include BiPOC history as well. What have you added or changed in your curriculum instead of or in addition to Greek Theater? Thank you in advance for your ...
Posted By Cindy Skelton 09-19-2022 20:40
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I'd like to recommend Matt Kizer's website--specifically this link where you can purchase a deck of playing cards that simulate a production meeting. "With PRODUCTION BEATING, students role-play a production meeting. Assign the jobs – director, set designer, lighting designer, costume designer, stage ...
Posted By Cindy Skelton 09-17-2022 15:49
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One of my prop masters several years ago created a newspaper in photoshop (I think). They added a texture & color to the background so that when it was printed it looked like newspaper. I was so excited that I still have the newspaper (from My Favorite Year) Hope that helps Cindy ------------------------------ ...
Posted By Cindy Skelton 08-06-2022 17:14
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Fall Play: Maskerade by Stephen Briggs--based on the book by Terry Pratchett If you've read any of Terry Pratchett's books, you're probably a fan. I've also done his Wyrd Sisters. One of the benefits of this play is there are 26 characters. I will double cast some of them, but I will be able to have ...
Posted By Cindy Skelton 06-30-2022 11:49
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Great thread idea James! We are doing Disaster for our spring musical--because there are a lot of roles for girls and guys - everyone is featured. (In fact, on Stage Agent every role is listed as "supporting".) AND I can add in ensemble members. (We did Into the Woods this past spring - I wanted to ...
Posted By Cindy Skelton 04-25-2022 17:01
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Thanks everyone for your great suggestions! They are greatly appreciated!! Cindy ------------------------------ Cindy Skelton Drama Teacher Burlingame High School Burlingame CA ------------------------------
Posted By Cindy Skelton 04-20-2022 11:59
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The drama teachers in my district are looking for BiPOC scenes and plays to bring to our classes for next year. We already read Fences, but we'd like to bring more BiPOC authors and resources into our classrooms. We are fortunate to have some paid time - supported by our district - to read and find plays ...
Posted By Cindy Skelton 04-11-2022 18:58
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When our district was remodeling the theaters we (theater teachers) asked for them to provide an alternative stage for us to perform. Sometimes we used other theaters in the district, but we also used a middle school theater (that was really nice and had recently been redone) and a community college ...
Posted By Cindy Skelton 03-02-2022 15:15
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Such a fun show! Yes--girls can play male characters. In the original off-broadway production, the actress who played Susie Bones also played Harry Potter. I had girls play J Finch, Ernie Mac, Cedric & Mr. Voldy. I tried to do it before the world shut down-- we had a cast of 15. We were able to produce ...
Posted By Cindy Skelton 08-11-2021 16:43
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Hi folks The drama teachers in my district and I are desperately wanting to have our students perform LIVE this year.  We can't get a clear answer or direction from our County as to what that would look like with COVID protocols and the uncertainty of the Delta variant.  I just found out that the athletics ...
Posted By Cindy Skelton 06-29-2020 18:27
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I have had a similar experience to many of you:  only able to go in a specified times for a specified amount of time.  Then, all of a sudden, in May I got an order to take down the set so they could prepare the theater for large group instruction--and if I didn't, then the custodial staff would.  What??  ...
Posted By Cindy Skelton 03-08-2019 21:31
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We used black puff paint for the leading.  Once that was dry we colored clear Elmer's glue with food coloring and painted the insides. ------------------------------ Cindy Skelton Drama Teacher San Mateo Union High School District Burlingame CA ------------------------------
Posted By Cindy Skelton 03-08-2019 21:30
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Posted By Cindy Skelton 10-08-2018 23:03
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I've done this a few times with my own school.  I'll try and attach a word doc here with my timeline.  It's a lot of fun! Caveat:  I give students the theme/stimulus on Friday afternoon and the writing teams go home and write.  This way I get to have a good night's sleep ;) ------------------------------ ...
Posted By Cindy Skelton 10-08-2018 23:02
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Posted By Cindy Skelton 11-08-2017 14:03
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Radium Girls or Letters to Sala. Both are relatively new plays, cast of a lot of girls.  Great dramaturgy opportunities.  Powerful messages in both instances. ------------------------------ Cindy Skelton Drama Teacher San Mateo Union High School District Burlingame CA ---------------------- ...
Posted By Cindy Skelton 10-02-2017 19:17
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I teach my students improvisation using CROW (Character, Relationship, Objective, Where) and approximately 12 improvisation games.  As they learn the improv games, they will eventually play with every person in the class.  I then have them form performance groups of about 4 -6 people.  For the formal ...
Posted By Cindy Skelton 05-22-2017 12:25
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I highly recommend Letters to Sala and Radium Girls.  We just closed Letters to Sala and did Radium Girls two years ago.  Sala has fewer males roles if that is of relevance to you.  Both have wonderful opportunities for dramaturgy and the students can research the people their characters are based on. ...
Posted By Cindy Skelton 05-09-2017 12:24
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When I produced the play, I didn't do any co-curricular activities, but I did send a packet of information (well ahead of production date) to the History and Science classes not only in our school, but in our district.  I also reached out to local Community Colleges who had a Radiology program--turns ...