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 ninth Shiprock & Anchordog summer theatre workshop was a success! Seana and I got the Hilltown Charter School in Easthampton booked again for July 30th to August 12th, 2018.

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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, $350-550. 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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UPDATE from our Choose Your Own Adventure Musical workshop: We just finished the first of two summer theatre workshops that we're running. Here are some recordings:

A long, long time ago, there was a girl; a dark and beautiful girl. So mysterious, magical.. and alone...and alone.

Under the eyes of the trees and the ferns the seasons did turn, the seasons did turn… In time she would have a child of her own, but right now, she was happy being alone.

Many years have gone by... She has a child ...A dark and beautiful child. So mysterious, magical; no longer alone...no longer alone.

Through winter and summer, sun and rain they danced and laughed, they ran and played until the day the storm clouds came. She did what she could to keep him safe.

She put the boy inside a box where he could not be hurt by anything. She went outside to face the dangers of the world instead of him.

Under the eyes of the trees and the ferns the seasons did turn...the seasons did turn. She walked right into the hunter’s trap… She’ll never get back. She never came back.

This much I can do: I will give you these two: A daughter, strong and brave, in time she’ll come to you…

That’s just one wish; she said we had three. What should we wish for? Can we agree? 

To keep your child safe from harm I will give you a charm. In this box, you must hide pain and sorrow from outside.

That’s just two wishes; you said we had three. What should we wish for? Can we agree?

You have three wishes, true. You must use them wisely, too. There are rules you must obey. Or else you have to pay…

As a witch must not forget, one wish won’t be granted yet. Don’t wish for something you will regret. Be careful what you wish for…

It’s our last wish, too hard to decide. Once we say it, can’t change our minds. We want our child to be loved by all. By every being big and small.

Be careful what you wish for...

All these years we’ve hoped and wished. Night after night we’ve dreamed. We wanted to receive the gift of a child whose eyes do gleam…

A child who is never mad running barefoot through the field. And if she never feels sad the pain in our hearts will be healed.

Many long years we’ve tried and tried. And tried and tried again. Winter’s come and gone my friend. But the loneliness resides

A child who giggles at everything and sits in the grass feeling free. She dances through puddles in spring and skips down the lane joyfully. A child whose eyes do gleam.

 

This box, it holds a charm, holds a charm to protect her from many dangers: evil and sadness.

To hide all the darkness and fear, darkness and fear that is looming. Before they find her - can’t let them hurt her.

Beautiful her life will be, climbing high atop the trees. Happiness everywhere. Flowers woven in her hair.

All you need to do, need to do to protect her: place dangers in this box. They will be safe here.

She will be safe here…

In the forest, wild and calm, all the birds sing their song. Your song is the most beautiful of all.

Your voice echoes through the trees. Quietly it calls to me. Lift your voice, let it rise. Study the world with beautiful eyes. Your song is the most beautiful of all.

Soaring high, flying free up above the heavy leaves. In the meadow glistening dew. Can you hear it calling you? Your song is the most beautiful of all.

In the warmth of the shining sun, you greet the day as it’s begun. The sun rises gold and bright. Let your soul reflect its light. Your song is the most beautiful of all.

You don’t know the way I feel. Like never-ending rain. You don’t know the pain inside. Bound in heavy chains. Don’t know your way in this darkness. Like drowning underwater. Bubbles floating to the surface, but you stay on the bottom

You don’t know the thunder crashing deep inside my heart. You don’t know the way my voice breaks,

tearing me apart.

Maybe light can change my life but I’m afraid I’m growing numb. Some can make it really bright but what if my sun never comes?

It’s about balance, like an even scale. You’re half a person if you never fail.

If you don’t know darkness, you can’t see the light. If you don’t know sadness, how can you feel joy?If you don’t know anger, you can’t fall in love. If you’re never frightened, how can you feel calm?

You need compassion to be loved by all. It’s no disaster if you happen to fall.

If you don’t know darkness, you can’t see the light. If you don’t know sadness, how can you feel joy?If you don’t know anger, you can’t fall in love. If you’re never frightened, how can you feel calm?

 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.