Welcome to term one drama!

The team at Bazil Grumble are so excited to be starting the year with the amazing Peter Pan! We kicked off the term with auditions for the end of term performance, as well as working on the students’ breathing and projection: two skills that are essential for any budding actor!

The Bazil Grumble teachers encouraged students to think about their lungs and breathing, and how this will improve their ability to sustain projection. Many teachers noted that they were already seeing improvements in their classes:

 “After learning how to properly use their breath and voice for performance, the students were encouraged to jump up in front of the class and say a line using their new found projection. Mackenzie has some stage fright and didn’t want to get up in front of the class. Mackenzie’s friend PK got up and they both demonstrated the line. Afterwards, I told Mackenzie that her projection was so good that I could actually hear her over PK and that she did exceptionally well. In the next activity she really came out of her shell and was offering up some great lines in her improvisation.
– Phoebe, Ironside Masterclass.

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Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Superstars during week four classes

 Despite the fun learning new skills and playing drama games, everyone was very excited to learn what role they were to play in the end of term performance:

 “The students enjoyed the vocal projection and breathing exercises and were SO keen to see which roles they’d been selected for!” – Hayley, Windsor Superstars.

 We are now busy exploring blocking and lines, and we have to commend our students on their outstanding focus:

 “This week’s class was AMAZING. We did the run of the play first before the activities and they were so focused.” – Duncan, Holland Park Shining Stars.

 “Rehearsal time! This week, we started blocking our play. The students really enjoyed this. Their energy was fantastic and they listened well.” – Jess, Toowong Superstars.

 We are so excited to see all the students hard work as they continue adapting this beautiful and much loved tale into an entertaining and fun performance. We’ll be sending out the end of term performance dates soon, so do keep an eye on inboxes!

It’s Showtime! Here Comes The Polar Express!

As any drama enthusiast will tell you, there is a lot of time, effort and commitment that goes into creating a performance. There is forming the script, becoming comfortable with your fellow actors, learning lines, devising, blocking, polishing, costuming and finally performing in front of an audience. However, most importantly, drama is a great deal off fun where you meet new friends, develop skills and play drama games. Not to mention the excitement of performing in front of your friends and family!

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A Christmas tree, surrounded by presents in our Wilston Masterclass

Our teaching teams have been so proud of how our students have embraced their drama family and worked incredibly hard to create and perform the wonderful tale that is The Polar Express:

“We went through the show and it was great to see most of them not relying on scripts anymore. We went over a few parts a couple of times, but in general the show is looking fantastic. I am very pleased.” Lisa-Marie, Holland Park Masterclass.

“They all displayed a high level of focus, and their behaviour throughout the class was incredible.” Jess, Wilston Masterclass.

A big thank you must also go to our wonderfully supportive parents, who have assisted with the grand task that is line learning:

“The students not only knew their lines but also knew the cue line before it. I was very impressed with the work they have put in at home.” Jane, Wilston Shining Stars.

 “The certificate today went to Amy for knowing all her lines (like most of the students) as she was super focused and knew her cues.” Zoe, Eagle Junction Shining Stars.

 For anyone who may need a bit extra help, we have listed some handy hints on how to learn lines with an emphasis on fun. These tips will help ensure students do not need their script on stage (something we strongly encourage) and require minimal prompting on performance day!

  • Remind students to speak slowly and clearly, and use lots of expression in their voice and on their face. Remind them to lift their chin and hold their shoulders back so they look confident.
  • Say the line before their line (this is their cue line) and ensure that they know that their line is next. This is one of the most difficult aspects of drama.
  • Ask your child to think about the type of voice their character would use. Record your child saying their lines on your phone or other recording device. Play it back. Ask them to try again using a different type of voice. Also, you can experiment by holding the device further from them so that they have to speak up for their voice to be heard.
  • Act out the scenes with your child. Let them hear you use character voices, laugh together and have fun with the script! ‘Playing’ with our children creates wonderful memories. They grow up so fast and start to lose their love of play so make the most of these opportunities to laugh and learn together.
  • Ask them to say their lines in front of the mirror so that they can see their facial expressions. Most children love looking at themselves and so they love this task!

We all have such a love of drama and performing, and we are very much looking forward to sharing this with all the family and friends attending our end of term performances!  If you’re still unsure of when your child’s performance is being held, please click here to view all of the important dates!

On the countdown to term four performances!

The students are hard at work rehearsing for the end of term performance of The Polar Express! Classes have been polishing blocking and learning lines, and it has been great to see some of the older students helping the younger students:

The show is coming along well. The prep students find it a little hard to remember blocking… [and] the older two students are very helpful in this regard. Teraneah has been a blessing to this class.” Lisa-Marie, Jamboree Heights Superstars.

As we come to the end of week six of drama classes it is amazing to see students supporting each other, particularly as some students start to feel nervous with upcoming dress rehearsals. Many teachers have been commenting how students have been great role models and it shows how drama aims to improve group interaction skills:

The winner of my certificate was Serena. She received this award because of her incredible ability to show expression through her face and through her projection. During the first run through she was definitely a shining star; becoming an incredible role model for all the younger students. I am going to be very sad when she moves up to the Masterclass next year.” Zoe, Eagle Junction Shining Stars.

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Alanna and Charlotte from our St John’s Anglican College Superstars class

This week we also talked about confidence in classes. Though confidence is such a personal thing, there are certain things that confident people tend to do. Some examples include:

  • When performing, standing up straight and tall;
  • Speaking in a loud and clear voice;
  • Making eye contact with the audience.

Confidence is developed over time but comes more quickly if you are surrounded by people that encourage you with positive words and who provide constructive feedback on how to improve your skills. We will continue to focus on confidence during dress rehearsals (most of which start next week!); however, if the students continue to offer assistance, accept compliments, be optimistic and work well as a group we feel we everyone will have a great performance!

The end of term performances are just around the corner, so don’t forget to double-check your child’s performance date and provide your RSVP by clicking here if you haven’t already done so. We’re looking forward to seeing you all soon!

Term Four Performance Dates

PLEASE FIND BELOW THE PERFORMANCE DATES FOR TERM FOUR DRAMA CLASSES:

Coorparoo State School Shining Stars – Thursday 10 December 2015 from 3.45pm in the Instrumental Room.

Coorparoo State School Masterclass – Thursday 3 December 2015 from 3.45pm in the Library. A fun, games and reflection class will be held in the following week. 

Eagle Junction State School Shining Stars – Tuesday 8 December 2015 from 3.30pm in the E Block.

Eagle Junction State School Masterclass – Tuesday 1 December 2015 from 3.30pm in the Music Room in E Block. A fun, games and reflection class will be held in the following week. 

Holland Park State School Shining Stars – Monday 7 December 2015 from 3.45pm in the Music Room.  

Holland Park State School Masterclass – Monday 30 November 2015 from 3.45pm in the Library. A fun, games and reflection class will be held in the following week. 

Holy Spirit New Farm Shining Stars – Wednesday 2 December 2015 from 3.45pm in the Hall.

Holy Spirit New Farm Masterclass – Wednesday 25 November 2015 from 3.45pm in the Hall. A fun, games and reflection class will be held in the following week. 

Indooroopilly State School Superstars – Tuesday 1 December 2015 from 3.45pm in the Music Room.

Ironside State School Shining Stars – Friday 4 December 2015 from 3.45pm in JG05.

Ironside State School Masterclass – Monday 30 November 2015 from 3.45pn in JG05. A fun, games and reflection class will be held in the following week. 

Jamboree Heights State School Superstars – Thursday 3 December 2015 from 3.45pm in the Old Hall.

Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Superstars – Wednesday 2 December 2015 from 4pm in the Hall.

Pallara State School Superstars – Tuesday 8 December 2015 from 3.15pm in the Hall.

St James Coorparoo Superstars – Wednesday 25 November 2015 from 7.45am in the Art Room. A fun, games and reflection class will be held in the following week. 

St John’s Anglican College Superstars – Monday 23 November 2015 from 4.00pm in the Chapel.

Toowong State School Superstars – Friday 4 December 2015 from 3.45pm in the Activity Room.

West End State School Superstars – Wednesday 2 December 2015 from 3.45pm in the Junior Kitchen.

Wilston State School Shining Stars – Tuesday 8 December 2015 from 3.45pm in the G Block Upstairs Music Room.

Wilston State School Masterclass – Tuesday 1 December 2015 from 3.45pm in the G Block Downstairs Music Room. A fun, games and reflection class will be held in the following week. 

Windsor State School Superstars – Wednesday 2 December 2015 from 3.45pm in the Hall. A fun, games and reflection class will be held in the following week. 

To provide your RSVP for the end of term performance, please email the Bazil Grumble office at admin@bazilgrumble.com.au or give us a call on 0411 246 487.

All aboard The Polar Express for term four!

Welcome to term four drama! A wonderful time of year where the hint of Christmas is well and truly in the air. Bazil Grumble students have been treated to a wonderful start to the term as they begin to explore the tale of The Polar Express with great enthusiasm. Week one of classes saw the allocation of parts for our end of term performance, while also starting to explore drama techniques and playing Bazil Grumble classics such as Cleaner of the Museum and a very festive version of the Shape Game!

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Students at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, Darra as Santa’s sleigh

Our teaching team has seen fantastic levels of energy from the students, and have been particularly impressed with their ideas for the performances. The students have also been incredibly encouraging to each other as they learn what it means to be part of a cast. We’ve been impressed with the wonderful effort that we’ve seen in the past two weeks!

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Students at St John’s Anglican College, Forest Lake as Santa’s sleigh

As we begin term four drama classes, the teachers and assistants at Bazil Grumble are able to reflect on how far the students have progressed this year. Perhaps our teacher at Ironside Shining Stars summed it up best when he said:

 “The students have really developed in terms of their creativity from when I first met them back in term one as an assistant. This came through in the activities used to explore the story of ‘The Polar Express’, with most of the students giving it a red hot crack and responding really well.” – Duncan

We are looking forward to a wonderful term as we adapt the beautiful language of the well loved book The Polar Express. To all of our students both new and returning – ALL ABOARD!

GOLD Lantern Making At Dusk at Sunnybank – 4.30pm Sat 21 Nov 2015 (seniors 50+)

November 21, 2015 – November 21, 2015

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Description:

2015 is the International year of light and to celebrate we are offering you the opportunity to make your unique lantern. The session will culminate in an illuminated disk walk around the park with lanterns. Come and let your light shine!

Lantern Making At Dusk is presented by Brisbane City Council as part of their GOLD program from seniors 50+. Please note that we are unable to accept your registration should you not fall into the age suitability of this program.

Please note that there is a $5 per participant fee for this session, and payment is required upon registration to confirm your place.

Please meet us at the playground, and don’t forget to bring a hat, some sunscreen and a water bottle.

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Superhero Escapades at Bardon – 10am Sun 1 Nov 2015 (five years and over)

November 1, 2015 – November 1, 2015

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Description:

Run, jump fly! A super energetic workshop aimed at building confidence, self esteem and a healthy body. Dress up in capes and then create your own superhero character complete with catch cry and super powers!  Get physical and find your inner hero through creative improvisation and interactive theatre games.

Superhero Escapades is presented by Brisbane City Council as part of their Active Parks program, and is recommended for children five years and over.

This workshop is FREE, however registration is required to confirm your place.

Please meet us at the playground, and don’t forget to bring a hat, some sunscreen and a water bottle.

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GOLD Walk and Whimsy Bookmaking at Holland Park – 2.00pm Sat 5 Dec (seniors 50+)

December 5, 2015 – December 5, 2015

C B Mott Park, Holland Park

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Description:

Experience the wonder of nature on a walk in the beautiful parkland. Take in the wonderful sights and sounds and gain inspiration for the second part of the session which is making some whimsical artist books using papers and fabrics reminiscent of the textures and patterns within the gardens.

Walk and Whimsy Bookmaking is presented by Brisbane City Council as part of their GOLD program for seniors 50+. Please note that we are unable to accept your registration should you not fall into the workshop’s age suitability.15

Please note that there is a $5 per participant fee for this session, and payment is required upon registration to confirm your place.

Please meet us at the playground, and don’t forget to bring a hat, some sunscreen and a water bottle.

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Graceville River Family Adventure Walk at Graceville – 2pm Sat 24 Oct 2015 (all ages)

October 24, 2015 – October 24, 2015

Simpsons Playground, Graceville

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Description:

Come and join in the fun of a guided walk around the beautiful parklands.  Every family who comes along will receive a passport with a list of key features to find including scenery and animals.  Your family has to work together as a team to find all the special locations and for each one listed you get a stamp in your passport. This activity is interactive, challenging and best of all it encourages families to get active and healthy together by making fitness fun!

Graceville River Family Adventure Walk is presented by Brisbane City Council as part of their Active Parks program, and is recommended for children of all ages.

This workshop is FREE, however registration is required to confirm your place.

Please meet us at the playground, and don’t forget to bring a hat, some sunscreen and a water bottle.

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Flying Origami Marathon at Chermside – 10am Sat 24 Oct 2015 (six years and over)

October 24, 2015 – October 24, 2015

7th Brigade Park, Chermside

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Description:

Learn new and innovative folding techniques to make your own plane soar through the park flying higher and faster than ever before.  Get active and healthy chasing your plane around the park in a competition to see which planes can fly the greatest distances across the park.

Flying Origami Marathon is presented by Brisbane City Council as part of their Active Parks program, and is recommended for children six years and over.

This workshop is FREE, however registration is required to confirm your place.

Please meet us at the Kidspace playground, and don’t forget to bring a hat, some sunscreen and a water bottle.

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