Happy holidays to all of our friends and family! Gary usually does the ‘blogging’ for GEM Theatrics, but I thought I’d try my hand at it for a change.
We try to keep everyone updated on our personal Facebook pages about our latest activities, sharing photos of family and our other activities. But, it has occurred to me, that while GEM Theatrics is mostly about the shows we perform together, both Gary and I are involved in a number of theatrical activities throughout the year that aren’t necessarily produced by GEM, and perhaps the blog is the place to share these productions in depth.
My most recent endeavor was guest directing the winter play at East Grand Rapids High School. The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, by Barbara Robinson is a very fun show, and has roles for adults and kids in a wide range of ages. It had been decided by Pamela Steers, Director of Drama Activities at EGRHS, and Harry Coffill, (the teacher originally slated to direct) that they would like to include middle school students in the production, since many of the children in the story are younger. Also, there are currently no formal drama activities at the middle school, and they both thought this would fill a void and also help grow Pam’s program at the high school for the future.