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GZ/SOTE Calendar July 30, 2011

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Click here to view calendar.


Medical Release/Enrollment Form July 23, 2011

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Click here to access the medical release/behavioral contract/enrollment form. Please print the last two pages, fill out, and turn in at the first class (September 12).

This form is valid for the Sherwood class only. For the Forest Grove form, please click here.


Tentative Schedule for 2011-2012 Forest Grove GZ! June 30, 2011

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In addition to our Sherwood classes, I am happy to announce that we now offer a performing arts class in the Forest Grove area!

There will be one class, suitable for beginners and intermediate students. Classes will provide lessons in acting, improv, singing, music reading, and theatre dance/ballroom dance.

Classes are on Wednesdays, 4:00pm-5:30pm, starting on September 14th, ending January 18th (16 weeks), at the Gales Creek Community Church (9170 Northwest Sargent Road, Gales Creek).

Tuition is $10 per week, per family.

Students will also have the opportunity to audition for a community musical at the end of January.

To enroll or for more information, email me at hundleyfam@hotmail.com


Tentative schedule for 2011-2012 Sherwood Genesis Zero!

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The Sherwood Genesis Zero Stage Class will be separated into two units this year; both units are 9 weeks long. Classes are on Mondays. Sherwood classes take place at the Life House, 15631 SW Oregon St, Sherwood.

The first unit starts on September 12th and ends November 7th, and has three classes available:

Beginners (ages 9-12), 12:00pm-1:00pm

Young beginners (ages 4-8), 1:15pm-2:15pm

and Intermediate (ages 8-18), 2:30pm-4:00pm. Students out of the age range may be allowed in any class at the discretion of the teacher.

The second unit begins November 14th and ends January 23rd, with two classes available, both for ages 10-18 (younger students allowed at teacher’s discretion), which will be appropriate for intermediate to advanced students:

Singing and Dance (Show Choir), 12:30pm-2:00pm

Thespians (Drama, Improv, etc), 2:15pm-3:45pm

Cost is $10 per week, per family. If you have students in multiple classes in the same unit, cost is $15 per week, per family.

If you would like to enroll or have questions, please email me at hundleyfam@hotmail.com

I am also happy to announce that we are now offering a Genesis Zero Stage class in Forest Grove. If this interests you, check out the schedule for the Forest Grove GZ.


Change is in the Wind March 31, 2011

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There are going to be some changes in the format of Genesis Zero and Salt of the Earth Productions. Please note, the following are not set in stone; changes will continue to be made as I fine-tune and get permissions and such.

The past few years I’ve been trying to hit on the best format for classes and productions, so things are going to get reshuffled again.

1. Classes will continue to be Mondays in Sherwood. However, there will only be TWO classes; one at 12:30-2:00, and a longer one at 2:30-4:30.

2. Each class will be split into a 9 week (ish) unit. The first nine weeks will be Beginners and Intermediate, the next will be Pre-Beginner (ages 4-9) and Intermediate, and the next will be Advanced and Intermediate.

I have Intermediate in every unit, because any level can comfortably take the class without being too overwhelmed or alternately bored. This format is subject to change.

3. I also hope to teach a class in Gales Creek or Forest Grove. This first year would be similar to the first years of GZ; one class only, open to all levels, ages 8-18. This would likely be held on Fridays, 3:30-5:00 or 4:00-5:30.

4. Classes would finish at the end of January. Production will begin in February, with rehearsals being held 2 nights a week.

5. Productions will take place in Gales Creek or Forest Grove, NOT in Sherwood. We can’t seem to find any place to perform in that area, and it’s difficult to rehearse in Sherwood, then move to Gales Creek to perform.

6. I’m looking to get more people involved in the leadership aspect. I’d like a teacher’s assistant for the Gales Creek class, and we also need production members for the musicals.

Production leadership may include; Directors, Choreographers, Tech crew, Costumers, Pianist, Stage Manager, Promotions Manager, House Manager, etc.

7. I would like to have a dance night, similar to the dance parties at the Tigard Dance Company (but on a smaller scale). I’m thinking Monday nights, 7-9, at the Sparrow Ballroom (pending confirmation) in Forest Grove.

This would include a brief lesson, then open floor until 9:00.

If anyone is interested in helping out with that (i.e., sound, set-up, dance instructors), let me know if you’re interested.

If you have any questions or suggestions, and/or are interested in helping out with anything, comment below or send me an email (please note new SOTE email address: sotepro@yahoo.com). Keep an eye out for a new SOTE Pro. website!


The Chicken Crossed the Road to Read Brandon’s Comedy Essay October 21, 2010

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Comedy is a style of acting, talking, writing, dancing, etc. that generally leads to laughter. There are many styles within comedy, such as: slapstick, irony, satire, alternative comedy, sarcasm, banter, gallows humor, parody, and many, many others.

Now, to make comedy work, you have to find subjects that people think are funny. These can range from reflections of life ( Overly eccentric people), to peculiar/bizarre things you’re not likely to see in your life (a gun-totting monkey wearing a top-hat), to a combination of the two (actors), and beyond.

The unfortunate truth is that it is easy to royally mess up. “How can this happen!” you ask? Well, hold onto your knickers, I’m about to tell you. Let’s get the common sense ones out of the way first: bad jokes, overly complex jokes, and outdated jokes are lame (seriously, I don’t want to hear about why the chicken crossed the road ever again… ever).

Next, know your audience. Some jokes work better for certain ages than others. Slapstick works great for kids, but – unless it’s really good – doing a slapstick routine just won’t work for a tea party.

Don’t try to be funny, that just turns out sad – really, really sad

Know your material. Jokes need to flow out of your mouth like a figure skater on fresh ice, not like a grandpa in a wheelchair trying to go down the stairs. (Editor’s note – step away from the similes with your hands up, Brandon!)

And please, keep it clean! Of course this falls on the shoulders of the performer, but I believe the audience is more to blame. The performer controls what they perform, but through what they pay and what they watch, the audience controls the performer.

A comic has to tell jokes about what they think the audience finds funny. If they don’t, then they will be out on the street faster than aforementioned grandpa. The audience needs to demand more from comedians.

Comedy, when done right, is a great way to engage the audience and make them fall in love with you.

May all your jokes receive a hearty laugh in reply,



Timeline of Western Theatre October 15, 2010

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Theatre Timeline – Brandon Rude (Editor’s note: In changing the format from an email to a blog, punctuation and spacing mistakes may have been made by the editor. Any spelling mistakes are the author’s.)

534 B.C.

Thespis (known as the first playwright) wins the first theatre tragedy competition in Athens.

508 B.C.

A semi-annual festival/tragedy competition is created in Dionysia.

486 B.C.

Playwrights had to start submitting a comedy to the Dionysia tragedy competition, in addition to the satyr and three tragedies they already had to write. It is also around this time that Aeschylus added a second performer, and Sophocles added a third. Before this, plays involved just a single performer  interacting with the chorus.

323 B.C.

During the Hellenistic period, the primary theatrical form in Greek was “New Comedy”, comedy focusing on everyday life.  This had a large influence on Roman theatre.

Sometime in Roman theatre history, women started being allowed to perform as well, before this all women characters were played by men. This lasted until the Middle Ages.

The Middle Ages begin:

The Protestant Church started trying to stamp out Roman theatre, most specifically in England, in an attempt to undo Roman allegiance. I get the feeling that religious plays still existed, though I read actors were denied a Christian burial (which would’ve been a big deal.)

Moving forward a bit in the Middle Ages:

A renewed interest in Greek and Roman theatre started to emerge among the learned classes, leading to Greek and Roman plays being performed again, and also leading to plays being written that were heavily influenced be these older styles. This eventually lead to the creation of Commedia Dell’arte.

1551 A.D.

Commedia Dell’arte, The Granddaddy of improv. While the first recorded performance of this theatre style was in 1551, it didn’t start to flourish until the 1560’s. Commedia Dell’arte is a style of theatre that focused on spontaneity, using scenarios and not scripts. Also, because performers of this style traveled for a majority of their performances, they used very few props.

There are a few major theatre styles that were shaped by Commedia Dell’arte, Including Punch and Judy, and Pantomime (although Pantomime performances date back to ancient Greece, it still owes it’s modern styling to certain Commedia Dell’arte Characters, namely Harlequin.)

1564 A.D.

William Shakespeare Was Baptized on April 26, 1564, his birth date is unknown. Shakespeare would later write some of the most well known plays in history, including: Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, and Macbeth (never say the name while inside a theatre!) While dating all his plays is problematic, many claim that his first play was Richard III. Shakespeare also performed with The Lord Chamberlain’s Men (later called, The King’s Men.)

1642 A.D.

The Puritan movement closes all London theatres.

1660-1700 A.D.

London theatres are re-opened. A theatrical renaissance begins, women start performing again, the first theatrical celebrities emerge, and the first woman playwright, Aphra Behn, starts penning plays.

1829 A.D.

The first theatre opens on Broadway.

1866 A.D.

The first Musical, The Black Crook, is performed in New York. It was five-and-a-half hours long and ran for 474 preformances.

1881 A.D.

Vaudeville as we know it is born!!! (Trust me, this deserves exclamation points.) Vaudeville was a clean genre of theatre, and the jumping off point of many well known stars; including: Abbot and Costello, the Andrews sisters, Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Etc. (Editor’s note: Vaudeville was “cleaned up” burlesque, started by Tony Pastor.)

1888 A.D.

The first motion picture, Roundhay Garden Scene, is shot. It had a total duration of 2 seconds.

1906 A.D.

Stanislavski (known as the father of theatre technique) started work on his ‘system’. It is also around this time that the first full length film, The story of the Kelly Gang, is released. It was also in this year that the first radio broadcast went out.

1920 A.D.

Most films now have music composed specifically for them. Also, the first talkies (films with a sound track played alongside the movie), are released.

1921 A.D.

The first made-for-radio sketch if aired.

1928 A.D.

The first television show, The Queen’s Messenger, aired. It was also in this year that the first sound cartoon, Mickey Mouse in Plane Crazy, was aired.

1930 A.D.

The Group Theatre in New York City popularizes Method Acting

1932 A.D.

New York City’s Palace Theatre, Vaudeville’s epicenter, shifts to a movie house, thus putting one of the final nails in the coffin of Vaudeville 😦

1935 A.D.

The first full length color film, Rouben Mamoulian’s Becky Sharp, is released.

1940 A.D.

Lee Strasberg begins and continues to Refine Method Acting until his death in 1982.

1951 A.D.

The first color television program was aired.

Sometime in the late 1960’s:

Color films are now the norm.

2001 A.D.

Final Fantasy X (my personal favorite Final Fantasy game) is released, with voice overs! And it was the first it pull it off in a convincing manner. This allowed the characters come to life in ways never seen before in video games, and started a revolution in video gaming, allowing games to rival (and in my opinion beat) movies for compelling narrative and presentation. (Editor’s note: the author barely managed to sneak this in. I decided most mercifully to let him.)

2007 A.D.

The Genesis Zero Stage Class begins. (Editor’s note: Brandon, you’re weird!)

2009 A.D.

Jack Came Back is performed at Boones Ferry Community Church. A great time if had by all. (Editor’s note: See Editor’s note above.)