A moment of song from our 2017 musical  Shiprock & Anchordog Get Energized  at the Hilltown School in Easthampton

A moment of song from our 2017 musical Shiprock & Anchordog Get Energized at the Hilltown School in Easthampton

WORKSHOP 2018: SHIPROCK & ANCHORDOG CLEAN UP

The EIGHTH annual Shiprock & Anchordog summer theatre workshop is in the works! Seana and I have the Hilltown Charter School in Easthampton booked again for July 30th to August 12th, 2018. We moved our workshop to Hilltown in 2017 and everyone seemed happy with the venue. The school has excellent facilities, a playground, plenty of parking, and an air-conditioned rehearsal/performance space. 

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DATES AND TIMES:  We'll be running the workshop from 9am - 2pm each weekday, 7/30 - 8/10 at the Hilltown Charter School.  Then on Saturday 8/11 and Sunday 8/12 we will put on showcase performances of the rock opera we practiced, with a live band.

AGES:  5 and up. Since we've been running Shiprock & Anchordog theatre workshops for eight years, some kids have been attending for a while. There's no upper age limit for our program, and we hope that this year some older kids can even be Counselors in Training, which is a leadership role, demonstrating proper participation and encouraging younger students. Contact us about this possibility. 

COST: The whole two-week program is sliding scale, $350-500. We want to make the program affordable to EVERYONE, so we also have a limited number of scholarships and other financial aid options, just contact us.

THE DAILY PLAN looks like this:
9am: Dropoff, morning meeting, and then sing-along vocal warmup.
9:30am: Theatre stretch and warmup.
9:45am: Musical rehearsal, singing, blocking, etc.
10:30am: Snack, then free time.
11am: More rehearsal, singing and blocking.
12noon: Lunch, then free time.
1pm: More rehearsal.
1:45pm:  End of the day check-in.

THE STORY: in 2018 our story will be about a giant cleanup project. When a big storm hits Shiprock's hometown, she immediately sets off to go help with her paws. Meanwhile, Anchordog has been working for years on a robot dog who will be able to accomplish efficient cleanup of trash and pollution. The robo-dog is nearly finished and could be immensely helpful with cleanup, but others have less faith in Anchordog's project. Can high-technology be as environmentally helpful as Anchordog claims?

THE PERFORMANCES: Each year for eight years our workshop has culminated in a series of performances on the final weekend, when we showcase everything we've created and rehearsed. It's what we work towards for the whole two-week program.

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 Another dramatic scene from our 2017 musical  Shiprock & Anchordog Get Energized

Another dramatic scene from our 2017 musical Shiprock & Anchordog Get Energized

 Sophie with an amazing rap moment from our 2017 musical  Shiprock & Anchordog Get Energized

Sophie with an amazing rap moment from our 2017 musical Shiprock & Anchordog Get Energized

2017 was a big summer for Shiprock & Anchordog!

We did our 7th annual workshop last summer, 2017, at The Hilltown Charter School in EasthamptonJuly 31st to August 13th. Our students in the workshop created a rock-musical production about Shiprock & Anchordog and their adventures with sustainable energy. The focus was on theater and the visual/musical arts that can support a theatrical production.

Kids worked on aspects of the production that they felt most excited about. We brought a skeleton of a show and the kids helped flesh it out. The performances showcased what the kids worked on in the two weeks of the program. 

The program culminated in two shows on the weekend of August 12th & 13th at 2pm each day. 

  

  The Blue Barn at Stone Soup Farm, where multiple Shiprock musicals were staged from 2011 to 2013.

The Blue Barn at Stone Soup Farm, where multiple Shiprock musicals were staged from 2011 to 2013.

 Inside the Blue Barn in 2012

Inside the Blue Barn in 2012

 A flyer from our first rock musical in 2011, which featured an ensemble cast of local kids.    

A flyer from our first rock musical in 2011, which featured an ensemble cast of local kids. 

 

 Laurel Park's pavilion where we staged Shiprock musicals from 2014 to 2016.

Laurel Park's pavilion where we staged Shiprock musicals from 2014 to 2016.

  The fields of Stone Soup Farm, where we staged Shiprock musicals from 2011 to 2013.

 The fields of Stone Soup Farm, where we staged Shiprock musicals from 2011 to 2013.

 Inside the blue barn before the 2012 musical.

Inside the blue barn before the 2012 musical.