Monday, December 14, 2009

Thespian Technical event

Thespians competing in set design, costume design, or film (I'm not sure about this last): there is a competition this Saturday, December 19, 2009 at 1 PM at MHS, room D 101.

Math Court Rule

Attention COACHES, as discussed at our first meeting at Dan DanElementary School, next school year, we will only have a Regionals event in December.

To qualify for the December Regionals 2010, competitors must have won a ribbon in the January 2010 meet or the March 2010 meet AND a ribbon in any of the meets (probably October 2010 and November 2010) in the upcoming school year. However, not all students will be invited to the March 2010 event as it is also a REGIONALS event.

(In other words, students probably need to compete in the January 2010 event!)

Please advise your students of this rule.

My Apologies!

I have failed to keep this blog updated with information about the competition events. My apologies.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Thespian Competition-November

Reminder: the Thespian competition is Saturday, November 14, 2009 at Kagman High School.

EXCEPT, the costume and set design competitions will be on November 21, 2009.

Math Court November Schedule

The November Math Court competition, scheduled for 11/14/09, will take place at Kagman High School. We are still working on the room assignments so as soon as we get them, we will send it out to you all.

We will start accepting registration fees starting at 12:45-11:15PM. All proctors must be at the site by 1PM. There will be a short briefing from 1:15-1:30PM, and the 6-8 division will start first at 1:30-2:45, [followed by the 9-12 division at 2:45-4:00 PM.] see edit below:

EDIT: all competition (both 6-8 and 9-12) will begin at 1:30PM.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Math Court

This is to remind you that the registration for the November 6-12 Math Court deadline is today, November 6 (Friday). Please remember to send it as a excel format and please include the names of your proctors in the document as well. We will consider the registration incomplete until a proctor's name is given.

Remember to use the codes we sent you to register your competitors. Please don't make up codes yourself, for the format we used for the first event was just temporary.

We sent out an e-mail with attachment that had the new, updated codes for each of your competitors. If you do need codes for new competitors (those who did not compete in the October event), please put "School name's registration: need codes".....ex. "DES's registration: Need Codes" in subject line with school so we can create codes for you.

Remember to give us their name and grade level.

Also, please remember that no changes will be allowed after Wed (no switches or deleting allowed).

STAGE DOOR-publicity

The Marianas Variety ran a nice article in today's paper on the student Thespian play.


Monday, October 19, 2009

Schedule changes

Dandan Elementary School has confirmed it will be available for the postponed NFL/NJFL competiton to be held on Saturday 10/24. Our thanks to their Admin. and Staff!!!!!!!!!

Other scheduling changes:

PGFC/CCLHS from Nov. 7 to Nov. 14
THESPIANS from Nov. 7 to Nov. 14
Math Court from Nov. 7 to Nov 14

NFL/NJFL/CCLHS from Oct. 17 to Oct. 24
NFL/NJFL/CCLHS from Nov.13,14 to Nov. 20,21

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

NJFL and NFL and Lincoln-Douglas Debate

The new date for the LD Debates is 10/16/09, and the NFL/NJFL competitions will be on 10/17/09.

The venues are the same.

Friday, October 2, 2009


No surprise: We're in Typhoon Condition II (as of 11:30 AM Friday).

A Typhoon Warning is now in affect in the CNMI - therfore - all NFL / NJFL and ITS events must be cancelled. A new date for NFL, NJFL and our Thespian Banquet will be scheduled ASAP and the location confirmed. The events on Oct 10 will go on as scheduled, as far as we know at this time.

Math Court

Because of the confusion regarding the invitations to register with the new codes, we decided to modify our registration process for this upcoming event in October.

Please submit all participants' registration by NAME, not code.

This will only apply to schools who have not accepted the invite and registered with the database.If your school has already received the invite and registered with the new codes, you do NOT need to re-submit the registration with names for we can look at the database.

Because of these changes, we are extending the registration deadline by one day. The new deadline for the October 10th event will be on Saturday, October 3rd. As always, please submit your registration using excel and please remember to write in the proctor's names.

Sorry for the inconvenience.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Possible Storm Delays: NJFL-NFL Competitions; Thespian Banquet

We are still watching the storm, now Typhoon Melor (a/k/a 20 W), to determine whether this Saturday's planned events will be postponed. These events include the NJFL and NFL competitions and the Saturday evening banquet for thespians.

In the event that these events are not held as planned, Hal will post a notice on the main website, with a link on the Matrix page; I'll try to update here, also. Events postponed will be rescheduled.

Stay safe!

Tropical Storm Melor (a/k/a 20 W) has been up-graded to a Typhoon.

Different tracking methods put it either between Saipan and Rota, on target for Saipan, or heading just north of us. It looks like it's due to arrive about Saturday morning.

There's an excellent sidebar with advice, terminology, and a guide to storm conditions at the Guam PDN story on the storm.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Get Ready for Math Court!

This from Dora Miura (a/k/a Blossom).

The invitation for code registration (so we have a database of which code belongs to whom) is in the process of being sent out. Thanks for your patience.

The last day to register for the upcoming October event is this by midnight on Friday, October 2, 2009. We will not entertain any late registration and no excuse will be taken.

Just like last year, we would like the registration to be submitted EXCEL format. A sample format is attached to this e-mail

We only want the codes (no names), Grade, event entered into, and PROCTOR'S name.
We will not accept any registration if the proctor's names are missing. Remember for every ten students, we want one proctor.
In the case that a proctor can't make it to the event, have a substitute readily available to avoid delays.
This is a new school year so if you choose to assign new codes for students, that's fine with us, so long as they use the SAME codes throughout the year.

The revised rules will be posted online as soon as we make final revisions and submit it to Hal. Please remember to collect the $1 registration fee beforehand to speed up the registration process.

If you have any questions, please e-mail us.

Stay tuned for more information.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Thespian's STAGE DOOR Production News

The Thespians of the Western Pacific Islands are now rehearsing the 1930's play, STAGE DOOR, written by Edna Ferber and George S. Kaufman.

The cast list:

MARY HARPER: Liezel Tiples
MARY McCUNE: Celina Chow
MATTIE: Donna Herrera
BOBBY MELROSE: KayKay Constante
KENDALL ADAMS: Vira Starr Cucal
MRS. ORCUTT: Anna Rose Deleon Guerrero
PAT DEVINE: Rochelle Dimapilis
KAYE HAMILTON: Chiantee Rosete
SUSAN PAIGE: Marielle Ferrer
JEAN MAITLAND: Abigail Hudkins
ANN BRADDOCK: Kaiza Lucido
ELLEN FENWICK: Judy Ann Tiples
TONY GILLETE: Dowen Jocson
LINDA SHAW: Rosemarie Liangco
MRS. SHAW: Kelly Demapan
DAVID KINGSLEY: Darren Demapan
KEITH BURGESS: Abel Pellegrino
FRANK: Matthew Wheat
LARRY: Cody Race
BILLY: Carl Taducol
DR. RANDALL: Jonah Mendiola
FRED POWELL: Ken Yoshimoto

Monday, September 21, 2009

Math Court Coaches' Meeting

There will be a Math Court Coaches' Meeting on Thursday, September 24, 2009 at 5:30PM, Dandan Elementary School.

Contact Mrs. Dora B. Miura (SSHS) for more information.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

AMENDED Competition Dates

NJFL and NFL--competitions held in the mornings. All dates are Saturdays.

October 3, 2009
November 14, 2009
December 12, 2009
January 30, 2010

Regional: March 2010. Exact date TBA.

THESPIANS--competitions held in the afternoons. All dates are Saturdays.

October 10, 2009
November 7, 2009
December 5, 2009
February 6, 2010

Regional: March 2010. Exact date TBA.

PGFC--competitions held in the mornings. All dates are Saturdays.

October 10, 2009
November 7, 2009
December 5, 2009
February 6, 2010

Math Court 6-12--competitions held in the afternoons. All dates are Saturdays.

October 10, 2009
November 7, 2009
December 5, 2009
January 23, 2010

CCLHS--competitions will be held on each of the weekends listed above, for the same age group involved in PGFC, NJFL, or NFL.

Stay tuned for some of the rules.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Schedule Adjustments

Due to Typhoon Choi-Wan, schedules are changed!

NJFL/NFL--Thursday, September 17 at 5 PM, MHS 101 D.
PGFC--Tuesday, September 22 at 5 PM, MHS 101 D.
Thespians--Tuesday rehearsal cancelled. Next rehearsal, Thursday, September 17 at 4:00 PM at MHS 101 D.

Friday, September 11, 2009

For Thespians and Thespian Troupe Directors

The Thespian Board met yesterday and decided on the plays for the costume and set competitions.

November--the MHS December play (title to be provided by end of Sept.)
January--a children's book (title to be provided by end of Sept.)
March (Regional)--the Junior/Senior spring play (title to be provided by end of December)

IMPORTANT! Message for all coaches and administrators--PGFC, NJFL, NFL

The WPR board met during this past week and agreed on a schedule of meetings and some changes this year.

Basic terminology:
Coaches are those who help students with technique and rehearsals.

Administrators are those who do the much more important, but less glorious, job of keeping things organized, registering students for competitions, etc.

If you are short-handed at your schools, it is more important to have an Administrator than a coach.

Judges are NEUTRAL arbitrators who follow the rules and adjudge the competitions, assigning both scores and rankings to the competitors.

Certified Judges are those judges who complete certain requirements that the Board sets and pass a test. In the event of ties, the certified judge's scoring/ranking will prevail. And we're looking into the possibility of some kind of remuneration for certified judges.

All competing schools must provide judges in compliance with the formula that is set for each competition.

The first meetings of the competition year have been set. (See below.) The agendas, which are not yet finalized, will include important information about some changes that affect everyone. (On-line code assignments, code changes, etc.) You need to be sure to attend the meetings so you don't miss out on these details and changes. If you do things incorrectly, you may jeopardize your students' participation (and wins!) in the competition events.

There will be a meeting for Coaches and Administrators of NJFL and NFL on Tuesday, September 15th, 2009 at 5 PM at MHS 101 D.

There will be a meeting for Coaches and Administrators of PGFC on Thursday, September 17, 2009 at 5 PM at MHS 101 D.

There will be a meeting for Judges of all competitions on Thursday, September 24, 2009 at 6PM at MHS 101 D.

Need more information? See the website with rules first; then contact Hal with your questions and comments.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Thespian Auditions

Thespians of the Western Pacific Islands are holding their auditions for the Chapter Play. What play? We're not exactly sure--we've got it narrowed down to three, but it depends on how many students show up and the general balance of the students.

Right now it looks like the setting will be 1930's America.

So students in grades 6 through 12 are encouraged to audition: Tuesday (today) 3 to 5 PM; Wednesday (Sept. 9) from 3 to 4:30 PM and Thursday (Sept. 10) from 3 to 5 PM.

You don't need to come to all auditions--just make it to one!

If you're interested in DIRECTING! yay! come on Tuesday or Wednesday, please.

Thursday, September 3, 2009


Students in Grades 6 through 12.

Thespians of the Western Pacific Islands will be having a meeting this Friday September 4, 2009 for students in grades 6 through 12 who are interested in participating in the annual Chapter Play. This is a chance to express interest in being on-stage or helping back-stage. Meeting times are 1:30 PM and 4 PM (to accommodate those in school and those not yet back to classes) and will be held at MHS, room 101D. Contact Mr. Harold Easton at 237-3230 for more information.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

The Ultimate in Make-Up Technique.

While we were at the ITS Festival, some of us (notably Mrs. Miura) went to a session or two on theatre make-up.

So I thought some might be interested in this feature, about creating through make-up the look of Fenrir Greyback, the werewolf, in the latest Harry Potter film, THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE.

Nick Dudman is the make-up creator, and he has an impressive resume.

All photos (c) Warner Bros.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

More Festival Post-coverage

There were six confirmed cases of swine flu at the Thespian Festival 2009. None of these people got really sick and all are okay now, but it's important to be aware of the situation. The Educational Theatre Association (EdTA) and the International Thespian Society are conducting a survey to gather data as a background for these cases, and to locate any other cases. Read more about the situation and take the survey here.

On a side note, the people with swine flu came from Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Texas. I'm in Ohio now, and the state just saw its first death from the swine flu (in a neighboring county to where I'm staying). The symptons are NOT the same as allergy symptoms. (Yes, it's allergy season, and my sinuses know it. Fortunately, I'm staying in an air-conditioned condo.) Major flu swine symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, diarrhea and vomiting. See a doctor if you're experiencing any of these.

On a completely different side note: Festival daily coverage photos are posted here. One of the photographers was in our Commedia workshop. His photo of the presenter, Kristin Kaufman:

Wednesday, July 1, 2009


Congrats to Anastasia Schweiger for making the top 5 at NJFL in impromptu speech.

Congrats to Aisha Joyner and Akeiko Dela Cruz for making the top 6 at the International Thespian (ITS) Festival in duet acting.

Congrats to Sung Yul (Tommy) Baik and Moon Hyo Lee for making the top 9 at the ITS Festival in mime.

Congrats to Kyoung Min (Kay) Park for setting a new TWPI record by receiving 21 call backs from college recruiters at the ITS Festival!

And congrats to all of the students on the NFL, NJFL and ITS 2009 teams, for doing a great job representing the CNMI, demonstrating talent, learning and experience, and gaining greater skills at these summer competitions.

Festival News & Notes-#12 more photos

On Friday, I attended a workshop on Commedia D'ell Arte. After checking out some masks, we got a short lecture on the history of the artform and some of the more famous stock characters. Then the class had an interactive session learning how to move as the various characters, using stock mannerisms to bring out the established characteristics of the Commedia cast.

Pantalone-an old miser man holds is stomach.

The Capitano leads with his chest!

Um...I think this was "make your own character!"

A spontaneous sword fight improv proved very entertaining. (The workshop presenter is the woman in the aqua/green tee-shirt.)

Anna Rose joins another thespian in a commedia improv.

And it all ends in violence... (of Mr. "I speak Latin"...)

Sunday morning at the Pound cafeteria was a very lonely affair...the last-to-leave 2 TWPI thespians have their Festival meal.

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Festival News & Notes # 11--Report about the Thespian Festival

I had hoped to give minute-by-minute reporting from the Thespian Festival. Two things interfered. 1--I was busy! and 2--I never managed to get on-line from my own computer (where I have been uploading the photos).

So here is a belated report--appropriately long and detailed! Of course, there are many more details, and I'm sure there are more photos and video of events from the 2009 TWPI team. (E-mail me and I'll post them here!)

But for now--this will have to do!

Wow! 19 students and 8 adults formed the 2009 team for Thespians of the Western Pacific Islands. All arrived in Lincoln, Nebraska on Saturday, June 20, 2009, and stayed at the Comfort Inn. We checked out on Monday morning, June 22.

2009 TWPI team

TWPI advisors & chaperones.

The TWPI students spent the weekend recovering from jet lag, rehearsing for their individual events, and getting acclimated to their surroundings. The adults worked on scheduling and dealing with the myriad of small issues that traveling with so many students entails. Despite the heat (it was so hot even our tropical island kids were complaining), we managed to get in some shopping and a Sunday visit to the Lincoln Zoo.

Zoo entrance.

White peacock.

Mr. Easton and Mrs. Miura.

Monday, June 22: We moved into the dorms at the University of Lincoln on Monday: the girls moved into Schramm hall and the boys into Pound. Everybody got their "badge" (a pouch hanging on a long string that had to be worn as a necklace)and key card. The high school juniors registered for college auditions, and then Monday afternoon, we started going our own ways, exploring the campus and finding our ways around.

Students were encouraged (um, mandated?) to attend a workshop. I went to the "Drawing for beginning costume designers" one with Terry McMonigle. It was good, and very well attended, with some of the TWPI students in there, too.

In the evening, some of us went to the THESPIANS: THE MOVIE. Some went to the opening production of THE COMPLETE WORKS OF WM. SHAKESPEARE (ABRIDGED). Another alternative was the flying exhibition--how to use technology to "fly" on stage.

And of course there was the imprompu I.E. rehearsal after dinner (or was this after breakfast on Tuesday?).

Tommy shoots a mime-arrow--bull's eye!

Tuesday, June 23: The entire day was devoted to individual events. Our students' schedules were spread out over the day, with some competing at 10:30 AM and some not until 3 PM and everyone packed in between those times. The competitions were also spread out among various buildings on the UNL campus.

We all tried to support each other, and attended the performances of our TWPI students, to the extent possible. For example, I watched Anna Rose in solo musical, Tommy and Moon in mime, Joseph in monologue, and Reece in solo musical. Besides these talented performances, I also saw some terrific performances by students from other schools.

Tommy and Moon with the Texas mime champions, Jonathan Thomas and Curtis Lee. (Both of these teams would eventually score three overall-superior ratings! And get honorable mentions on the Festival Showcase program.)

And after IEs, two of our juniors (Miki Nadia Dela Cruz and Adeleyah Mojica) had college auditions. It was an intense and tiring day.

All of our meals were in the Pound cafeteria--typical dorm food. We saw many students from other schools there, and met some of them. We were also entertained by the kitchen staff, who played trumpet and piano and otherwise performed for us nearly every afternoon.

On Tuesday evening, we watched the main stage performance of Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, performed by Memorial High School Performing Arts Center students at the Leid Center. They had amazing sets, strong vocal performances, and simple but effective choreography. (I liked the costuming of the Mount Carmel performance better. The music performance of the two shows was about equal. And of course, I liked the personal connection and energy of our own MCS students when they put on this play!)

Tuesday evening's dance was "character bash." Lots of students from other troupes dressed up. I didn't go. (Don't know if others did.)

Wednesay, June 24: We had another busy day. Chapter Director Harold Easton required that the students be at breakfast by 7:30 AM. After breakfast (meaning about 8:30 AM), the students did a read-through of their play (scheduled in the Chapter Select Showcase for Thursday afternoon).

Head in the game? Maybe, yes, no.
Read-through in progress.

Read-through in progress.

Royze, Dayanara, Kay, Miki, Tony--during the read-through.
Read-through in progress.

Mr. Alepuyo-satisfied.

Saipan Southern High School team members: Jacquelyn David, Mrs. Dora B. Miura, and Anna Rose Deleon Guerrero.
SSHS future team? Royze Banados, Dayanara Flores, Mrs. Miura, Anna Rose and Ray Mark Denora.

We then attended the 10 AM main stage performance of FOREVER PLAID (Stuart Ross/James Raitt), performed by FMHS students. Lots of good oldies music!

And then we went to lunch and to more workshops or plays in the afternoon. Matt Wheat was busy the entire time in leadership workshops with the International Thespian Officers; the rest of the TWPI team took advantage of the variety of activities offered.

I went to a workshop on "writing the 10-minute play." This workshop had more than 20 students in it, but I was the only TWPI member there. Students and chaperones were busy in other workshops and watching plays in the Chapter Select and Freestyle theatres.

At the same time in the afternoon on Wednesay, our techie junior (Kay Park) had her college auditions. Harold Easton and other adults were busy with management issues and also festival activities (scoping out the theatre for our performance and arranging tech support, for example).

Wednesday evening we watched THE BOYS NEXT DOOR (Tom Griffin), staged by Owensboro High School. This drama had great acting and a very poignant script.

The play finished about 10:30 PM and then our students rehearsed their play! Yes it was late. But they came to Festival to work, and so they did!

Matt, Tommy and Dayanara

Joseph & Tommy. (Royze, Miki and Adeleyah watching "on stage" and Mrs. Barja watching from "off-stage.")

Matt, Anna Rose and Dayanara.

Miki and Adeleyah.

I bailed out about midnight. The students continued their rehearsal, but fortunately did make their 1 AM curfew. And everyone slept--exhausted from the long days of the Festival week so far. Wednesday's dance was the "Wear Red" for BC/EFA benefit. I didn't go.

Thursday, June 25: The students "slept in." And then attended the 10 AM showing of ALMOST MAINE (John Cariani) staged by Dubuque Senior High School. The play was set in Maine, and there were tons of pine trees and fake snow on the stage. The theatre itself was so cold that Mrs. Miura commented on how great the special effects were! The play was sweet and funny and sad, another good job by students.

After this play, we ate lunch and then spent the rest of the afternoon focused on the TWPI presentation of THE MARVELOUS PLAYBILL (Miguel Cervantes), staged in the Howell Theatre. Perhaps waiting was the hardest part--in the hall, quietly because another play was on stage, with last minute nerves a jangle!

Ready and not ready, and waiting.

Anna studies her lines again.

Ms. Babauta sits with some students, waiting...

Mrs. Miura and Mr. Alepuyo, cameras in hand...

Moon clowns to relieve some tension.

Mrs. Barja volunteered to hold the Thespian badges for our students.

Play director, Matt, confers with Mr. Easton before the production.

The students get some last minute instructions.

And Matt gives his encouragement.

More waiting.

And then we were in the dressing room and the students went into action!

Mrs. Miura applies eyeliner to Ray Mark.

Joseph draws on a mustache.

Adeleyah pre-show.

Matt pre-show.

Liezel and Moon pre-show.
Royze pins up Dayanara's hair.
Christina applies make-up to Aisha.
Anna Rose applies stage make-up.
Reece works on his make-up.
TWPI cast before the show.

The production was a success! Our students did a really good job. And now, the pressure was OFF!

And news was trickling in: Miki had about 10 college callbacks. Adeleyah had nearly as many. And eventually, Kay ended up with 21 COLLEGE CALL BACKS! A new record for a TWPI team member! So these juniors were busy the rest of the Festival setting up interviews with the college representatives who had invited them for call backs, meeting with these people, and learning about possible programs and benefits for their futures.

Thursday evening, we watched A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM (Shakespeare), presented by the Missouri all-state cast of Thespians. The bard's work was kept in tact script-wise, but the setting and costuming was modernized. This gave the production a bit of a bizarre edge to it. The faerie costumes were my favorite aspect of the production.

Thursday's dance was Zombie Prom. I didn't go. (Don't know if others did.)

Friday, June 26: We were free, relaxed, and still busy. The 10 AM show was THE RIMERS OF ELDRITCH (Lanford Wilson). (I admit-I missed this. I finally really slept in!) We went to lunch and more workshops. I tried to attend one on set design, but the presenter never showed up. (I sat there with about 10 other students, waiting... we were all disappointed.) Later I attended one with Anna Rose on Commedia d'ell Arte. (Photos on this to be posted later.) This was a lively workshop, where we got to see and touch and try on masks, hear a brief lecture on the history and (stereotypical) characters of Commedia, and then practice some of the moves that characterize some of the more popular characters.

Friday dinner, the TWPI adults joined other adults from region 1 for a dinner. It was nice to meet and greet people from our region and hear what they're doing, their triumphs and concerns.

Friday evening, we watched ALL SHOOK UP (Joe DiPietro/ Elvis Presley). This was more fun oldies music wrapped around a typical comic romance.

Friday night was the auction. I didn't go. We had a meeting of TWPI team adults, though, because we'd gotten back the IEs.

Saturday, June 27: We were all exhausted. We watched the Festival Showcase--those students who got first place in each of their categories. We had some success, too: MHS students Sung Yul (Tommy) Baik and Moon Hyo Lee got an honorable mention in mime for their overall superior rating. And Kagman High students Aisha Joyner and Akeiko Dela Cruz also got an honorable mention in duet acting for their overall superior rating. Yay! (These students were among the top 10 in their performance areas. And that's really saying something when you think that more than 500 students competed, and the students competing won their right to compete by beating out thousands of students from their respective states--first at the district level, then at regionals, and then at the state level!)

Students ate lunch at the dorm, and then took an afternoon off--for more shopping, an evening out, and to receive their individual I.E. evaluations. In all our students did well.

I went to a final workshop--on wigs! What a riot!

And then there was a flurry of packing, and most of the TWPI team departed at 3 AM (June 28, Sunday morning), with just a few of us waiting for other travel arrangements (or already gone early to NJFL).

This was truly an experience! Congrats to all of the TWPI team 2009 for a job well done.