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With the summer sun slowly setting, it’s time to gear up for back to school and an electrifying fall theatre season. Whether you’re a veteran drama teacher or just stepping onto the stage, On The Stage has some actionable steps and helpful resources to help you start your season strong!
Literally and figuratively! Organize your theatre space to make it an inviting and creative haven for your students’ talents to flourish. Here are some ideas to enhance your space:
Get ahead of the game by diving into play selection, performance choices, and audition material for the upcoming season. Remember to factor in your student’s strengths and interests while crafting an exciting lineup of productions.
Consider involving your students in the selection process! This will not spark enthusiasm but create a personal connection to your program that will inspire students to be invested throughout the entire process, from spreading the word about auditions to working hard in rehearsals. You could run a poll or have a group discussion to understand their preferences. After all, they’ll be the ones giving life to these characters!
Similarly, you’ll want to ensure you plan the rehearsal schedule effectively. First, consider holidays, school engagements, and community events, and then from there, you can cleverly schedule rehearsals that optimize students’ availability and energy. Visualizing the entire journey on a calendar can be super helpful! Even before school starts, planning now will ensure a smooth segue into the whirlwind of auditions, rehearsals, and shows. Plus, it lets you proactively share the dates with parents, ensuring everyone’s expectations are set.
As the curtains rise on the new school year, it’s the perfect time to start generating buzz for your upcoming theatre season. By kicking off your marketing efforts early, you can ensure that auditions are met with enthusiasm and that your program gains the visibility it deserves. Need some ideas? We’ve got your back!
Take inventory of your props, costumes, and set pieces. Restock any essentials and explore creative ways to repurpose items for new productions. A fun idea to help get your show on the road is to hold a “Prop Donation Day” where students and families, involved in theatre or not, bring in items they think could be used in a production.
After a summer of collecting dust, you’ll want to ensure your tech equipment is still in top shape! From lighting to sound, having your technical elements in order is essential for a smooth run. If you’re looking for some ways to upgrade your tech game this season, check out this blog.
Looking to gather funds for your fantastic set, stylish costumes, and attention-grabbing marketing efforts? Well, here’s an idea: merchandise! Not only does it help raise money, but it also lets you and your team show off your support for the production in a stylish way.
Pro-Tip: Why not nudge parents to consider buying some merchandise as a special congratulatory treat for their budding star in the cast? It’s a heartwarming gesture that not only celebrates their achievements but also contributes to the production’s success!
Lay the foundation of unity well before the curtain rises! This guarantees a welcoming atmosphere that not only ignites students’ excitement for participation but also sets the stage for auditions to be uplifting and encouraging. Don’t forget about feeder schools – including them in community-building events like a Broadway-themed Potluck can spark enthusiasm even before the season kicks off.
Staying in the loop with the freshest trends, top-notch practices, and innovative teaching techniques in the theatre world is a key part of returning to school. If you’re ready to dive back into that visionary energy, our resource library is the perfect place. Packed with webinars, eBooks, guides, and blogs, it’s the perfect hub to dust off and get your creative spark going again.
Ever wondered about On The Stage’s origins? Well, it all started with our founder, Tony Award-winning producer Hunter Arnold, reconnecting with his high school theatre teacher. Hunter’s vision was to infuse Broadway-caliber technology into the theatremakers’ world, making best-in-class tools accessible to individuals like you who nurture the very talent shaping the future of Broadway.
This sentiment holds even today. We firmly believe that your program and students deserve the pinnacle of quality. Through On The Stage’s comprehensive array of ticketing, marketing, and fundraising tools, you can enrich their theatre journey. Ready to take the leap? Schedule time to chat with our team to learn more.