Using several classic holiday films and stories as inspiration, we built a showcase of scenes and songs presented in conjunction with GiGi’s Playhouse Chicago’s holiday party. During the first class of the semester, we asked our ensemble to share some of their favorite holiday stories and characters, and then sourced a variety of scenes (using some of our favorite classic claymation movies as inspiration!) to build a unique cabaret around their suggestions. Classes during the semester focused on movement and physicality, exploring how our characters would move through space and interact with each other, and also brought in a choreographer to teach us some dance moves (including a big kick line!) for our grand finale!
Each actor performed in 2 scenes as well as several group numbers. We opened with a group song - “The Island of Misfit Toys” from Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. The Girls danced to “The Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy” from The Nutcracker, and the boys built a movement piece to “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch” from How the Grinch Stole Christmas. For our big finale, we performed a group dance to “Jingle Bell Rock”!
December 18th, 2011 at Stage 773
Gigi’s Teen Drama Troupe
Mallory Schuh & Katie Yohe
Lighting and Sound Technician
Kendra Van Kempen*
* = first semester with our ensemble
We're flashing back to our past productions all summer long! Join us next time for love, magic spells, and fairies in Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream!