You have won a place at a world famous stage school. In your first lesson, you find out you must put together a performance with others for the end of the week. What will your show be like? Will it be a success?
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Jamie sat at the back of the classroom full of nerves. She had made it. She was at Richard Harris’ School of Performing Arts. Mrs Wilson, the black-cladded drama teacher coughed to get everyone’s attention.
‘Students, it may be your first week but it doesn’t mean you can start easy. We expect high standards and believe students must hit the ground running if they are to achieve all they can achieve. So, this week you must form groups of four and put on a performance in the main auditorium. It can be a dance, a play extract, a song, a mixture of the three. You will be graded on the results. It’s over to you.’
Jamie sat stunned. She hardly knew anyone there. How would she form a group? And would she be good enough?
What happens next?
DID YOU KNOW? There is a series of books about a girl who goes to stage school but really wants to practise her circus skills. It is called Olivia’s First Term by Lyn Gardner.
What is Write – 30?
Write – 30 is a daily activity where you write non-stop for twenty minutes then check and edit your work for 10 minutes. You will be asked to write about different subjects and in different forms.
The writing should be done on lined paper in pencil if possible. Edit and check the work in pen. If you don’t have paper and pencil, use what you can. Even a computer.
Finding it difficult? What you can do to help:
- Always sit/work in the same place
- Always use the same writing tools
- Always turn the TV off
- No talking – it distracts thinking
- Always listen to the same piece of classical music when writing.
- Always set yourself a goal: count the number of words. Try to beat that number the following day.